Windows Server 2008 Reviewed

Web Server: IIS Version 7

Windows Server 2008 comes with the new version 7 of the Internet Information Services (IIS). Basically, this comprises a Web server package and is thus a direct competitor to the Apache Web server project.

The advantage of Microsoft’s solution is the option of using ASP (Active Server Pages) to create dynamic Web pages - without having to install additional software. Thanks to the integration of .NET components, this language has become powerful and versatile. However, in the past the IIS has been plagued by security issues, although this has improved over the past years.

The Server Manager directly after the installation of the IIS

Compared to its predecessor, the configuration of the IIS has been greatly simplified. All settings are now found in the Server manager and the required services as well as the available options are clearly listed.

Overview of the installed components

Settings for the default HTML page

The IIS Manager in version 6 as it was used in the Windows Server 2003 was much less clearly structured and much harder to manage.

Complicated configuration with the old IIs 6 under Windows Server 2003

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  • CopSSH is not free anymore. :(