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Virtualizing: Microsoft® Tier 1 Applications with VMware vSphere™ 4 by Hemant Gaidhani, Alex Fontana, Charles A. Windom Sr.

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Securing Virtualized Internet Information Services

For most of us, the world, as we’re accustomed to it, is secure. Intranets are secure and friendly, and you know what’s out there, right? Sure, but what about those externally facing websites? Sooner or later most of us will have to administer those systems, but how do you ensure you secure them properly? It wasn’t too long ago that we considered IIS servers on the Internet to be taboo. Is this still the case? Let’s find out.

Versions of IIS prior to IIS version 6.0 came packed with features and capabilities that were supposed to make it easy to use. What really happened was that it quickly became a target for malicious attacks. Why not, right? After all, you had such a large attack surface. ...

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