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Overview of Available Features in IIS 7

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 is the Web server role in Windows Vista® and Windows Server® 2008. The Web server has been redesigned in IIS 7 to enable you to customize a server by adding or removing modules to meet your specific needs. Modules are individual features that the server uses to process requests. For example, IIS uses authentication modules to authenticate client credentials, and cache modules to manage cache activity.

Windows Server 2008 has all the IIS features you need to support hosting of Web content in production environments. Windows Vista also has IIS features, but the available features depend on the version of Windows Vista. IIS in Windows Vista is ideal for those who want to build and test Web applications.

The tables in this section display the availability of features in each version of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. The availability is described as:

  • Default - The feature is selected by default when you install IIS on your computer, but you can decide not to install a feature if you do not need it.

  • Available - The feature is available, but it is not selected by default when you install IIS on your computer. You can install the feature if you need it.

  • Unavailable - The feature is unavailable and cannot be installed when you install IIS.

See the following tables to learn more about the availability of features in each version:

  • Common HTTP Features

  • Application Development Features

  • Health and Diagnostics Features

  • Security Features

  • Performance Features

  • Management Tools

  • Windows® Process Activation Service

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Publishing Service Features

  • Simultaneous Connection Limits

Common HTTP Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

Static Content

Default

Default

Default

Unavailable

Default Document

Default

Default

Default

Unavailable

Directory Browsing

Default

Default

Default

Unavailable

HTTP Errors

Default

Default

Default

Default

HTTP Redirection

Default

Default

Default

Default

Application Development Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

ASP.NET

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

.NET Extensibility

Default

Default

Default

Default

ASP

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

CGI

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

ISAPI Extensions

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

ISAPI Filters

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

Server-Side Includes

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

Health and Diagnostics Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

HTTP Logging

Default

Default

Default

Default

Logging Tools

Default

Default

Default

Default

Request Monitor

Default

Default

Default

Default

Tracing

Default

Default

Default

Default

Custom Logging

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

ODBC Logging

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

Security Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

Basic Authentication

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

Windows Authentication

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

Digest Authentication

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

Client Certificate Mapping Authentication

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

IIS Client Certificate Mapping Authentication

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

URL Authorization

Available

Available

Available

Available

Request Filtering

Available

Available

Available

Available

IP and Domain Restrictions

Available

Available

Available

Available

Performance Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

Static Content Compression

Default

Default

Default

Default

Dynamic Content Compression

Available

Available

Available

Available

Management Tools

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

IIS Management Console

Default

Default

Default

Unavailable

IIS Management Scripts and Tools

Available

Available

Available

Available

Management Service

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

IIS 6.0 Management Compatibility

Available

Available

Available

Available

IIS Metabase Compatibility

Available

Available

Available

Available

IIS 6 WMI Compatibility

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

IIS 6 Scripting Tools

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

IIS 6 Management Console

Available

Available

Available

Unavailable

Windows® Process Activation Service Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

Process Model

Default

Default

Default

Default

.NET Environment

Available

Available

Available

Available

Configuration APIs

Available

Available

Available

Available

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Publishing Service Features

Feature Name Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

FTP Server

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

FTP Management Console

Available

Available

Unavailable

Unavailable

Simultaneous Connection Limits

Windows Server 2008 Editions Windows Vista Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise Editions Windows Vista Home Premium Edition Windows Vista Home Basic and Starter Editions

Unlimited

10

3

3

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