IIS7 beta 3 as part of Longhorn Server has been released. The IIS7 is the biggest release of IIS in the history of the product, and this beta release marks the biggest milestone for the product team. Ever since the Vista project locked down in late summer of 2006, we've been hard at work on IIS7 getting it ready for production server environments. We think it is ready. And along with today's release, we have some exciting announcements to make:
New IIS7 Scenarios! With Vista out the door, the IIS team's focus shifted to production server scenarios, and the fundamentals like security, reliability, and performance that we know you depend on in a datacenter environment. We made thousands of bug fixes, and have improved the IIS7 codebase in countless ways, too many to mention in one blog post. You will notice some changes - big and small - throughout the product. Vista owners: no fear! IIS7 will be updated to stay in sync with Longhorn Server starting with SP1.
Some of the most exciting new scenarios we worked on with IIS7 in Longhorn Server include:
Shared Configuration: This new scenario allows for IIS7's new global configuration file to be 'shared' across multiple servers! Once deployed, the IIS7 tools, including the new "IIS Manager" admin tool, our cmdline tool - appcmd.exe, as well as our scripting APIs and the new Microsoft.Web.Administration all work against the shared configuration file allowing centralized management of a farm of servers! Read more about how to use this feature in the Shared Configuration Walkthrough.
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