Fasttrack Guide?IIS 5 to IIS 6

Although there weren't that many differences between IIS 4 and IIS 5, a few items warrant a mention, both in terms of their difference from IIS 4 to IIS 5 and on to IIS 6:

  • A slight name change? IIS was Internet Information Server; it became Internet Information Services. The name change reflects the change from a basic Web server to a more generic Internet server.

  • Internet Services Manager? This has now become IIS Manager and is part of the Administrative Tools command set.

  • Active Directory? Again introduced with IIS 5, it's integration has been further expanded with IIS 6.

  • CPU throttling? Introduced in IIS 5 (and as demonstrated in Figure 7.2) this has now been expanded upon. Instead of a single performance tuning element within the Performance tab, it's the worker processes that are used to define the performance characteristics of a given application or site.

    Figure 7.2. CPU throttling in IIS 5.


  • WebDAV? Support for Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning, which allows clients and applications to edit and update information on a Web site directly and much more easily. It's also a better alternative than using FrontPage.