During a recent SharePoint implementation, there is an existing ColdFusion website, that needs “continuity” – such that when the new site goes live, it will re-direct to the new site.
From some investigation and analysis of the existing site, it was found there was only 6-7 pages, with a “query string” that allowed for the 3000+ pages.
The application is a custom developed content management system using ColdFusion and SQL Server – being replaced with SharePoint 2007 Publishing sites (ie. it’s all out-of-the-box !)
The steps involved to achieve this included :
- Create a dummy file named the same (eg. info.cfm) – and place in the root folder for the SharePoint website :
- Within the file, just include some HTML to re-direct to the home page
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; url=/”>
Re-directing to <a href=”url”>Home Page</a>
- Just need to create a file for each of the specific ColdFusion files needed
Configure MIME Types (IIS)
Next, need to configure IIS to consider a CFM file as a HTM (standard HTML file)
- Right-click on the WebSite node (in IIS) – and select Properties
- Switch to the tab entitled “HTTP Headers”
- Click the button for “MIME Types…”
- Click New
- Add the following values :
- Extension – .CFM
- MIME type – text/html
- Click OK and save the details
- Click Apply within the IIS Properties
Easy, eh ? Really just an IIS setting needed – to specify how to “process” a CFM file – as the new server won’t have ColdFusion installed.
When switching on the new server, and traffic commences to SharePoint, anyone who has bookmarked a file from the old ColdFusion site will simply be re-directed to the home page.