Ten Things to Do With IIS

Introduction

As an IIS administrator it sometimes gets downright annoying having to fend off all the insults from Apache admins I meet claming innate server superiority.

Generally the discussion about Web administration starts first with all the various security holes plaguing IIS and the negative press the platform garnered over the last year. Then it invariably moves to a discussion about how Netcraft and other stats sites show Apache as the dominant server on the Web, or how a certain big site uses Apache, or how there are so many cool modules to add to Apache.

Pointing out that scads of non-identified corporate in-house servers run IIS, or that it too is a free server (since it comes with the operating system), or that there are in fact plenty of cool add-ons for IIS (including many that provide source code) -- all this does little to dissuade these server chauvinists of their opinion.

Rather than whining about rude Apache admins, however, I thought it would be a more useful response simply to write down some of the ways I've found of improving IIS. So without further delay here are my top ten tips for making the most of your IIS.

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Matt Foley United States

Matt Foley is a former Solaris sysadmin who was turned to the "darkside" and is now works for a large southern California hosting and Web agency. He quite likes Windows now in spite of himself. ...

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