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Professional IIS 7.0 by Dennis Glendenning, Mike Everest, Rob Baugh, Scott Forsyth, Jeff Cochran, Ken Schaefer

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Chapter 6. Web-Site Administration

The daily challenges that you face as a web server administrator are wide and varied—from managing web-site content or ensuring that the company's web site is available for the crucial product release to figuring out why the developer's code that's just been deployed keeps crashing the web site. To manage such demands successfully and still be able to sleep at night depends on how well the server is administered and your ability to troubleshoot issues effectively and concisely. To develop these skills, you first need to accustom yourself with the core functionality of IIS and the best practices for managing it.

In this chapter, we look at the basic administration tasks required to manage an IIS 7.0 web server. We will investigate and look at the best practices of

  • An overview of web sites, applications, and virtual directories.

  • Creating and modifying a web site.

  • Configuring logging.

  • Configuring and managing host headers.

  • Administering applications.

  • Administering virtual directories.

  • Configuring compression.

  • Configuring MIME settings.

  • Basic tasks to hit the ground running.

This chapter will also demonstrate the use of the latest tools for managing IIS 7.0, including IIS Manager, AppCmd.exe, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), and managed .NET management classes.

Web Sites, Applications, and Virtual Directories

IIS 7.0 has taken the concept of sites, applications, and virtual directories and given them a little more structure than in IIS 6.0. They now form ...

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