If You Change the Name of an IIS Application that Contains MCMS Templates, the MCMS Template Breaks

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Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) templates reference their template file by using the template file property. The template file property is a Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) application (or virtual directory) path that tells MCMS where the template file is located. If you change to the name of the IIS application, the binding of the template to the template file is no longer valid and the template does not work.

For example, if you have a template file in the IIS application WoodgroveNet, and you change the name of the IIS application to WoodgroveNet2, the templates that reference the template file in the WoodgroveNet IIS application cannot function. You must also change the template file property in each of the templates that reference this template file from WoodgroveNet to WoodgroveNet2.

To set the template file property for a template, use Properties for the template in Visual Studio .NET. This can be cumbersome when you must change the template file property in many templates (as in the previous example).
To make this process easier, use the following sample code to generate a simple command line utility that changes the template file property for all templates from one specified path to a new path.

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  • The computer from which you run this tool must have MCMS installed.
  • To run this tool, you must have MCMS Administrator rights.


CmsFindReplaceTemplateSourceFile /vroot to replace/ /new vroot/ [nosubmit]


The following example will change the file template property to WoodgroveNet2 for all templates that have a template file property that currently begins with WoodgroveNet.

At a command prompt, type the following:
CmsFindReplaceTemplateSourceFile /WoodgroveNet/ /WoodgroveNet2/


  • Both of the specified virtual directories must start and end with a forward slash ('/').
  • The tool does not support double slashes (for example, '/WoodgroveNet/Templates//').
  • The tool uses the checked out version of the template, if it exists, when the tool matches the virtual directory to replace.
  • Virtual directory matching is case-sensitive.
  • The nosubmit argument is not case-sensitive.
  • If you do not use the nosubmit option, the tool checks in all templates that it changes, regardless of who checked them out previously or whether the templates were in the checked out state when you started.
  • The first time that the tool experiences an error, it stops, and then it tries to roll back all changes.
  • The tool does not fix any references, such as include directives, in template files that may require changes to support the new virtual directory name.
  • The only permitted characters in the virtual directory names are the following: [a-zA-Z0-9 .(){}-_&"'$%@~!^#/] . To use spaces in the virtual directory name, put double quotation marks ('"') around the virtual directory name.

Article ID: 330889 - Last Review: 02/27/2014 21:15:36 - Revision: 4.4

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