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Configuring MIME Types in IIS 6.0

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

IIS 6.0 serves only the static files with extensions that are registered in the Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types list. IIS 6.0 is preconfigured to recognize a default set of global MIME types, which are recognized by all configured Web sites. You can define MIME types at the Web site and directory levels, independently of one another or the types defined globally. IIS also allows you to change, remove, or configure additional MIME types. For any static content file extensions used by the Web sites hosted by IIS that are not defined in the MIME types list, you must create a corresponding MIME type entry.

Configure the MIME types after migration by completing the following steps:

  1. For each static file type used by your Web site, ensure that an entry exists in the MIME types list.

    When your application uses the standard MIME types that are included in IIS 6.0, no new MIME types entry is required. For information about how to add a MIME type to the MIME types list, see Configure MIME Types.

  2. Use a Web browser on a client computer to verify that the Web sites and applications run on the server.

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