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IIS configuration

Although IIS will run once it's enabled, there are features you'll want to turn on to keep things running smoothly and reduce load problems.

Stopping runaway scripts - CPU throttling

If you have the option, make sure you enable CPU throttling. This will prevent any script from turning your server into a slug hogging al the CPU and memory. If you do not have this as an option in IIS then make sure you utilize If you are running Windows 2000 then you should use regardless.

Lowering Bandwidth

Most of the stuff you're probably serving is HTML page content. This in essence is raw text, which can be compressed to usually less than 25% of the original size. Of course as this is a Microsoft system if you want to add compression it's going to cost you. IIS 6 does come with a compression option, but from what I've read on the net it has a few bugs. There are lots of 3rd party solutions, the cheapest we found was httpZip at $349.95 next was TurboIIS for €549 and on the other end of the scale you've got PipeBurst at $1,499. If you want to speed up your page load times or reduce your bandwidth costs one of these solutions is a must.

Setting sensible homepage defaults

By default IIS only has default.htm and default.asp as the default for a folders homepage. This list should be much longer. This can be easily done by following these instructions:-

  1. Open the 'Internet Services Manager' (program opens with the title 'Internet Information Services'.
  2. Right click on your server name and select properties.
  3. Under 'Master Properties' select 'WWW service' and click Edit.
  4. Select the tab 'Documents', you'll see the current list of default pages.
  5. Click the button 'Add'.
  6. Use the dialog to add the following filenames:-
  7. Click the button 'Ok'.
  8. When a window pops up titled 'Inheritance Overrides' make sure you click the buttons 'Select All' Then 'OK'. Failure to do this will mean that you'll need to add this setting to each website individually.

Running scripts safely and properly

Unfortunately IIS does not support CGI wrappers, so you best option at this time is to use until our project is complete.


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