Now, If you've read some of my earlier posts, or watched the TechEd webcast I recently posted about, you'll now know that another role has been added to Server Core, namely, IIS 7.0. For those of you who don't know, the Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles which subsequently reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the overall attack surface area.
So, IIS 7.0 is now in Server Core - but what's so good about IIS 7.0, say, over 6.0, or other web servers out there, such as Apache? Well, this new version of the web server is dramatically easier to manage, having introduced new capabilities such as shared web server configuration across servers. Customers will benefit from an extremely modular, low-footprint web hosting platform on top of the already small Server Core. It's interesting to note that Server Core is now ideal for hosting the PHP scripting language and now runs 10 to 20 times faster than before as a result of improvements in IIS. Sound good?
Well, if you have any questions around IIS 7.0, and would like to know what our decision to add IIS 7.0 to the Server Core Installation Option of Windows Server 2008 means for partners and customers alike, you can read all the answers in this FAQ page.
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