LIS 525 - Microsoft Servers

Internet Information Services (IIS) is a built-in Web server in Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, and Windows Server 2003. It supports HTTP1.1, allows multiple sites with one IP address (but different domain names), and use of FTP and the SMTP mail and NNTP news protocols. Particular sites or applications can be limited ("throttled") as to amount of processor time or bandwidth. All Internet services can be stopped or restarted without having to restart the computer. Various security features are included; for example, administrators can grant or deny Web access to individual computers, groups of computers, or domains.

It provides interfaces for commonly used services such as communications, security, database access, and Active Directory. These interfaces can be used from various programming and scripting languages.

A feature called Transaction Services, integrated with IIS and ASP (Active Server Pages), is designed for developing electronic-commerce applications with Web-based interfaces.

Active Server Pages is a server-side scripting environment that can be used with IIS to create and run dynamic interactive Web server applications. Developers can combine HTML pages, script commands, and Component Object Model (COM) components.

The server supports WebDAV, a standard that lets people collaborate on a document using an Internet-based shared file system. WebDAV addresses issues such as access permissions and conflict resolution. Support for Web Folders lets users navigate to a WebDAV-compliant server and view and manipulate files as if they were on the the local system.

FrontPage Server Extensions allow administrators to view and manage a Web site in a graphical interface. In addition, authors can create, edit, and post Web pages to IIS remotely.

Some advantages: "practically crash-proof" (but not entirely), easy to install (about 1 hour), GUI interface, more resistent to hackers than previous versions. But licensing is fairly expensive.

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Last updated April 16, 2007.
This page maintained by Prof. Tim Craven
E-mail (text/plain only): craven@uwo.ca
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7