If your organization’s Web site doesn’t
receive a huge amount of traffic, managing bandwidth and server
performance might not be a big issue for you. As traffic grows,
however, efficiently managing your servers and available bandwidth
can be vital to ensuring server availability and client access.

Internet Information Services (IIS) offers
several settings for a Web site that you can take advantage of to
control bandwidth usage and server performance. To access these
properties, open the IIS console, right-click the site in question,
and select Properties. On the Web Site tab, use the options in the
Connections group to potentially limit the number of concurrent
connections and decrease the Client Timeout value.

On the Performance tab, use the Performance
Tuning section to tweak the server’s performance according to the
expected number of hits per day for the server. We suggest setting
the slider to just higher than the expected number of hits.

If you run a site that consumes a considerable
amount of bandwidth, select the Enable Bandwidth Throttling option,
and designate the maximum KB per second the site can use. This
helps improve overall server performance, and it makes additional
bandwidth available for other sites hosted by the server (or other
servers).

To reduce memory usage by a Web site, select
the Enable Process Throttling option, and select the Enforce Limits
check box. If you don’t enable the Enforce Limits options, the
system writes an event to the event logs, but it doesn’t enforce
the memory limit.

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