Playing with ColdFusion 10 locally on IIS 7.5 and Windows 7


My (current) preferred setup for developing on ColdFusion 10, IIS 7.5, ColdFusion Builder 2 on Windows 7:

  1. Create the CF Builder project
  2. Add a virtual host
  3. Add the IIS site
  4. Add the virtual host to the CF Builder server
  5. Update CF Builder project to use the new virtual host
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Something new I’m trying at Security Labs is doing more local development, then pushing to a development server for testing. In the last couple of days, I’ve played with some setup, and I think I found the right mix for me.

Creating the ColdFusion Builder Project
  1. Right-click in the Navigator
  2. Choose New > ColdFusion Project
  3. Complete Project Details
    • Project Name
    • Use Default Location or Choose another location
    • Choose CFML Dictionary Version (probably ColdFusion 10)
  4. Click Finish

Adding a Virtual Host

  1. Launch Sublime Text 2 as administrator
  2. Go to File > Open File…
  3. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
  4. Select “hosts”
  5. Click Open
  6. Add a new entry like:
  7. Save
  8. Ctrl + W to close the file
  9. Ctrl + W to close the app
Adding an IIS Site
  1. Launch IIS 7.5
  2. Expand to Sites
  3. Right-click > Add Web Site…
  4. Fill out web site details
    1. Name: project name above
    2. Select “ColdFusion” for the Application Pool
      • This is a custom Application Pool that I made. It’s probably not necessary, and I don’t quite understand the settings.
      • .NET Framework version: No Managed Code
      • Managed pipeline mode: Classic
    3. Browse to physical path for your files from above
    4. Connect As…
      • I use my Windows domain user
    5. Test Settings… should be all green
    6. Host Name: virtual host above
  5. Click OK
  6. Right-click the site > Add Virtual Directory…
    • Alias: jakarta
    • Physical Path: C:\ColdFusion10\config\wsconfig\1
  7. Right-click the site > Add Virtual Directory…
    • Alias: CFIDE
    • Physical Path: C:\ColdFusion10\cfusion\wwwroot\CFIDE
  8. Click OK
Adding a Virtual Host to a Server in ColdFusion Builder
  1. Right-click the server > Edit Server
  2. Click Next >
  3. Click Virtual Host Settings tab
  4. Click New
    • Name: project name above
    • Host Name: virtual host above
    • Port: 80
    • Type: http
    • Document Root: path to project above
  5. Click Apply
  6. Click Finish
Updating ColdFusion Server Settings in ColdFusion Builder
  1. Right-click the project > Properties
  2. Select ColdFusion Server Settings
  3. Choose appropriate local server-host name
    • Note: the Sample URL should use your virtual host from above
  4. Click OK