Windows Server

Review: Windows Server 2008 (Web)


Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 has been completely rewritten and will debut in Windows Server 2008. IIS is now broken down into modules. You can take any one of these modules and break them down further by plugging or unplugging them as well as extending them or simply ripping the code out and not using them at all.

In other words, you can turn on or turn off any module in IIS whenever you want. For example, if you do not use basic authentication in your websites, you can simply remove the code quickly and simply. Furthermore, if your application does not take advantage of common gateway interfaces (CGI), simply remove that specific component.

Now when you deploy a brand new webserver, you can choose what components you want and only run those components. This allows you to secure IIS further and gives you a huge performance boost enabling IIS to run much faster than it ever has before.

Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is also being widely used in IIS 7, making it easy to manage IIS 7 via WMI. Simply put, it allows you to manage IIS from a set of scripts that you create. There is a lot of automation that can be done with IIS 7.0 via WMI. IT administrators will welcome the enhancements.

In IIS 7, you do not need to be a machine administrator to perform basics tasks. You have the ability to make specific people website operators on a machine and give them the appropriate tasks to do their job without elevating their privileges. All of these tasks are now handled by the new IIS 7 Web-admin tool that replaces the existing MMC snap-in. This tool takes care of all of your administrators needs and is where they will manage their IIS 7 web servers.

The last feature I am going to talk about is the web.config file. This is where all information that is input in the Web admin tool is stored. You could edit this file manually, if your IT administrator does not want to use the Web admin tool. They could put this web.config file on a file server to by accessed by multiple servers in a cluster.

6 comments
shzhongwei
shzhongwei

Microsft is following the way Apache has already traveled. Microsoft is too late.

TechExec2
TechExec2

. [b][i]"...Linux can overthrow MS in the desktop domain - yes?..."[/i][/b] Certainly possible eventually but unlikely anytime soon. This is a longshot. [b][i]"...So why cant MS overthrow Apache in the Web Server Domain?..."[/i][/b] This is a longshot too. There are a lot of advantages to running Apache and disadvantages to running IIS. [b]Prediction[/b] Here's a prediction: Unless Microsoft makes some VERY SIGNIFICANT changes, I think the glory days of Microsoft ascendancy are DONE...OVER...FINITO. What changes? It's really very simple. But, it is going to be as difficult for Microsoft as trying to train your dog to meow like a cat. ** Microsoft must focus on customers instead of themselves. They have NEVER done that so I think this will be very difficult (impossible?) for them to achieve. Odds: Longshot. ** Microsoft must build workstation OS, server OS, and application products that help their customers as a first priority. The focus on the extension of the Microsoft domination of everyone and everything they can see, and furthering the Microsoft "tens of billions of annual revenue" crap has got to stop. Odds: Longshot. ** Speak with CANDOR to customers. STOP OUTRIGHT LYING! "Vista is ready today"??? "Proceed with Confidence"??? What complete crap! Only an idiot or a liar would say that with a straight face. Only an ignorant person would believe it, run out to the store, and buy the product. Odds: Longshot. 12 step program maybe? ** Stop putting the piracy "problem" on the heads of legitimate customers that pay them $44 BILLION per year. There is fantastic compliance in paying for Microsoft's software products. There is NO serious piracy problem that justifies WGA. Stop complaining! Permanently and completely remove WGA de-activation from Windows. Pirates are going to steal the software no matter what Microsoft does so WGA is one of the most stupid things ever done by a corporation. Microsoft is one of the richest corporations in the history of man. A small minority of people steal your stuff. Get over it. Odds: Longshot.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

Linux can overthrow MS in the desktop domain - yes? So why cant MS overthrow Apache in the Web Server Domain? Nothing against Apache - have used it many times in the past and it currently is better than the rest. Juts wondering if it will stay the best!

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