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Chapter 18. Using Internet Information S... > Overview of Internet Information Ser...

Overview of Internet Information Services

Internet Information Services (IIS) is a collection of programs that make up Microsoft's industrial-strength IIS Web server platform. It's included for free as part of Windows 2000. Besides the basic Web (HTTP) server, add-ons include a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, an Indexing Service for site content searching, FrontPage and Visual InterDev publishing extensions, the ASP script processor, support for sophisticated multitier online transaction services, and a Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) mail delivery server. In short, IIS is the Mother of All Web Servers.

Caution

If you are part of a corporate network, before you go any further, check with your network administrators because policies may prohibit you from setting up a Web site on your own. Many legitimate security concerns are involved, and in some companies, you could be fired for violating established security policies. Check first if you're not sure what's permitted.



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