Enabling Java Servlet Directory Browser in Coldfusion 9 Administrator

When you first install CF9 you’ll soon notice that any administration page that offers to let you browse the directory structure will give you an I/O error.

This file browsing servlet requires RDS to function. The RDS servlet is disabled by default. It should be disabled on a production server, but if you’d like to use this feature you’ll need to un-comment the servlet call in your server’s web.xml.

In my case this file was located at F:\JRun4\servers\cfusion\cfusion-ear\cfusion-war\WEB-INF\web.xml but I’m running multiserver. Your’s could be under your CF9 install directory if you’re running CF as a standard install.

Un-comment these two servlet definition blocks in web.xml.

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Now restart your CF server instance and navigate back to the administration page you were wanting to use.