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When you use the Map Channel Names to Host Header Names feature in Content Management Server (CMS) 2001, you can host several independent virtual Web sites with a single CMS 2001 server. You can access all the virtual Web sites through different fully qualified Domain Name System (DNS) names.
This article provides step-by-step instructions that describe how to set up a CMS 2001 server with the Map Channel Names to Host Header Names feature enabled in a public site and in a developing or testing environment.
NOTE: If you enable Map Channel Names to Host Header Names on your CMS 2001 server, you cannot use CMS Site Stager to stage the CMS 2001 site contents into HTML or Active Server Pages (ASP) files. This behavior is by design and is documented on page 45 of the CMS Setup Guide.
The difference between enabling Map Channel Names to Host Header Names in a public site and in a developing environment is that the DNS name entry for a public site is stored in the DNS server, and the DNS name entry for a developing environment is stored in the Hosts file that is located in /Winnt/System32/Drivers/Etc.
Before you enable this feature, read through page 45 of the CMS Setup Guide to obtain a fundamental concept of how this feature works.
In the following examples, www.cmssample1.com and www.cmssample2.com are used as the two virtual Web sites.
To create two independent public virtual Web sites, follow these steps:
Note that in the development scenario, the same Hosts file modification must propagate to all client computers that want to access the CMS 2001 Web site as www.cmssample1.com and www.cmssample2.com because only the computer on which the Hosts file is located recognizes changes to the Hosts file.