New Features in IIS 7 Beta 3

Beta 3 was just signed off and will be posted very soon to connect.microsoft.com. There is so much coolness in IIS 7 in Beta 3 that's hard to know where to start. We've had several customers beating up this build pretty hard, including Microsoft.com. This is a good build for the web server platform (can't speak about the rest of it cause I don't know, but from the looks of things, it's all good).

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Of course, you've heard all about the modular pipeline. Right? what! Snap out of it! This is a big deal.

Shared configuration: You can now configure multiple IIS 7 servers to share a single application host config file. Whohoo! No more metabase replication.

Remote Administration: This is coolness in action. Use https from within IIS manager to connect to another IIS manager. Since it's https, it's firewall friendly and not special ports need to be open. You authenticate to the remote IIS manager using Windows users, or you can define users in the IIS manger that are stored in Administration.config (encrypted credentials of course)

Disable Anon user: So if you disable the anon user in IIS7, anon access is still allowed, but you don't use the built in IUSR account. All anon access occurs as the process identity. If you give each process a unique identity, you also give it a uniqu anon users when this is enabled. Add sandoxing and shared config, and you have a nice package for web farms with secure pools.


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Express said,
How is this new 'Shared configuration' different from the shared config in Vista's IIS 7?

Vista doesnt really have IIS7.. its a watterd down version that isnt feature complete... It's really more like IIS 6.5.. Longhorn server has the real IIS7 feature set

neufuse said,

Vista doesnt really have IIS7.. its a watterd down version that isnt feature complete... It's really more like IIS 6.5.. Longhorn server has the real IIS7 feature set

I have been using Vista IIS7 as my web server since getting Vista.
Vista IIS 7 has the new modular pipeline which is the biggest change since the previous IIS6.
Vista's Admin GUI doesn't have support for all the config options. My impression was that was the only thing that will be enhanced in Longhorn server.

Obviously I was wrong. Can you provide more details about what are the missing features in Vista IIS7?
Just saying its 'watered down' doesn't provide much details.

Express said,

I have been using Vista IIS7 as my web server since getting Vista.
Vista IIS 7 has the new modular pipeline which is the biggest change since the previous IIS6.
Vista's Admin GUI doesn't have support for all the config options. My impression was that was the only thing that will be enhanced in Longhorn server.

Obviously I was wrong. Can you provide more details about what are the missing features in Vista IIS7?
Just saying its 'watered down' doesn't provide much details.

May be he's talking about the promised new (and cool) features of iis7 but left out in Vista.