Thursday, 30 October 2008

AspHostPortal - Introduction of IIS 7.0

Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) has been observing a steady growth since they released IIS 6.0, It’s in much better shape with minimum complaints. As we all know, IIS 4 was not very successful, and IIS 5 was vulnerable and acted as an open door on a public-facing Web server if used, however IIS 6 revolutionized and ensured the premium spot web server performance and security. Its never enough though, as IIS folks at Microsoft continued their effort to make it better in than before with security at its paramount, and it needed rewrite of Windows on the server. That gave them the avenue to revisit few basic views about the architecture and structure of IIS.At last, IIS 7 evolved as the outcome of those efforts and hard work.

What are the improvements in IIS 7 ?
It mainly focused around modular design, flexible management and enhanced security. This article will walk you through around IIS 7 in the pre-release stage and see what you need to know about those revisions.

The IIS 7.0 Web Hosting supports more application framework technologies for hosting rich applications than any previous version of IIS, and it comes chock-full of features that you can use to deploy these applications right out of the box. At the same time, however, what you see (in Windows® Setup) is not necessarily what you always get.

The IIS 7.0 architecture is designed to be extensible from top to bottom, allowing you to replace any part of the built-in feature set with a custom implementation that suits your needs. As a result, instead of providing a patchwork of plug-in points, IIS 7.0 makes the ultimate commitment to extensibility by implementing all of its own features on top of the public extensibility model. This design is found throughout the platform, from the modular Web server engine itself to the configuration system to the IIS Manager console.

In this article, I’ll dive into the IIS 7.0 extensibility model by walking through the shared source Response Modification project, which enables responses from IIS applications to be modified on the fly using configurable response modification rules. I’ll first build the Web server module by taking advantage of the server’s integrated ASP.NET extensibility. Then, I’ll shape the deployment and management features for the module by developing a custom configuration section and creating a custom management page for IIS Manager.

IIS 7.0 goes beyond simply providing production support for popular application frameworks. With its new Microsoft® .NET Framework extensibility model, IIS 7.0 can leverage the power of ASP.NET integrated mode to add key functionality to applications developed with any framework. This can enable you to add cool features such as access control or new URL schemes, or dramatically improve performance, often without touching a single line of code.
The IIS 7.0 modular architecture offers the ability to completely customize the Web server for a required workload. This can often be done simply by installing only the features needed for your application, yielding a lean Web server that does exactly what is needed and nothing more.

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