Introduction

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Welcome to the Microsoft® Windows NT® Server Resource Kit: Windows NT Server Internet Guide.

The MicrosoftWindows NT Server Resource Kit for version 4.0 consists of three new volumes and a single compact disc (CD) containing utilities for both Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server. An online version of the new, comprehensive Windows NT Workstation Resource Guide is also available on the CD. Update books for the Windows NT Server Resource Kit will be released on a semi-annual basis. They will contain new information and major revisions of existing topics.

The Windows NT Server Internet Guide presents detailed information on the Microsoft Internet Information Server, some scenarios for its use on the Internet/intranet, descriptions of Internet-related tools provided on the Windows NT Server Resource Kit CD, and suggestions for troubleshooting. Update books will contain more extensive Internet-related information. Some of the scenarios provided here use a fictitious company, Terra Flora, as an example to demonstrate challenges and solutions. The Terra Flora network is based on a real network that has been created at Microsoft in the Windows NT Server Resource Kit Interoperability Lab. The networking model that Terra Flora will implement is shown in the network diagram on the inside back cover of this book.

This information is intended to be a technical supplement to the printed and online documentation included as part of the Windows NT Server version 4.0 product. It does not replace that information as the source for learning how to use the product features and utilities. It is also supplementary to the networking information presented in the Windows NT Server Networking Guide.

This Introduction includes the following types of information you can use to get started.

  • The first section outlines the contents of this book, so that you can quickly find pertinent technical details.

  • The second section introduces the Windows NT Server Resource Kit CD.

  • The third section describes the support policy for the Windows NT Server Resource Kit.

About the Windows NT Server Internet Guide

This book includes the following chapters.

Chapter 1, "Internet Information Server Architecture," provides an overview of the architectural structure of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) and a foundation for understanding the technical concepts presented in the following chapters.

Chapter 2, "Connecting Windows NT Server to the Internet," provides a conceptual overview of the requirements for connecting to the Internet.

Chapter 3, "Server Security on the Internet," describes Internet Information Server authentication and security and then illustrates secure topology configurations for connecting to the Internet.

Chapter 4, "Desktop Scenarios," presents IIS intranet scenarios that use single computers and describes their configuration running Peer Web Services (PWS) and Internet Information Server.

Chapter 5, "Enterprise Scenarios," presents IIS intranet scenarios involving simulated or multiple servers and describes their configuration using IIS virtual servers, IIS database applications, and the IIS FTP service..

Chapter 6, "Internet Connectivity Scenarios Using the Remote Access Service," presents scenarios that use the Windows NT Remote Access Service to provide remote clients access to the Internet.

Chapter 7, "Internet Tools," describes Windows NT Server Resource Kit utilities and Microsoft products that can be installed on a Microsoft Internet Information Server to provide a variety of information publishing services.

Chapter 8, "Troubleshooting an Internet Information Server Installation," presents troubleshooting tips that are useful for both IIS and PWS.

Glossary of Internet-related terms used in this book.

Index to this Windows NT Server Internet Guide.

Resource Kit Compact Disc

The Windows NT Server Resource Kit CD includes a wide variety of tools and utilities to help you work more efficiently with both Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server. Notes describing some of the enhancements made to the existing tools and utilities and introducing new ones that have been added for this version 4.0 release are provided in the Introduction to the Windows NT Server Resource Guide.

The CD that accompanies the Windows NT Server Resource Kit contains utilities that apply to information in the Windows NT Workstation Resource Guide, the Windows NT Server Resource Guide, the Windows NT Server Networking Guide, and the Windows NT Server Internet Guide. This new CD replaces all previous ones. It includes a collection of information resources, tools, and utilities that can make networking and working with the Windows NT platform even easier.

Note: The utilities on this CD are designed and tested for the U.S. version of Windows NT version 4.0. Use of these utilities on any other version of Windows NT may cause unpredictable results.

A large Help file with explanations and user actions for the majority of the messages included in Windows NT version 4.0, and a large Help file of Performance Counter Definitions are just two of the major items included on the Windows NT Server Resource Kit CD. Updates to these files and others will be provided, when available, on the Microsoft Internet web site for the Windows NT Resource Kits. See the Rktools.hlp file for the exact site address, as well as the addresses of other Microsoft information sites.

After installing the Windows NT Server Resource Kit, please refer first to the following three files.

  • The Readme.wri file, which contains a complete list of all the tools and utilities on the Windows NT Server Resource Kit CD and additional setup instructions for some of them.

  • Either the Rkdocw.hlp (for Windows NT Workstation) or the Rkdocs.hlp (for Windows NT Server) file, which provides a single entry point for all of the major components of the Resource Kit's online documentation.

  • The Rktools.hlp file, which provides an overview of the Resource Kit tools and utilities and basic instructions on how to use many of them, along with links to additional documentation and, in some cases, to the actual program files.

The most current corrections to those tools and utilities and their documentation, as well as the POSIX and Perl source code files, are available on the Internet at the following Microsoft FTP site.

ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/bussys/winnt/winnt-public/reskit/nt40/

Resource Kit Support Policy

The SOFTWARE supplied in the Windows NT Server Resource Kit is not officially supported. Microsoft does not guarantee the performance of the Window NT Server Resource Kit tools, response times for answering questions, or bug fixes to the tools. However, we do provide a way for customers who purchase the Windows NT Server Resource Kit to report bugs and receive possible fixes for their issues. You can do this by either sending Internet mail to RKINPUT@MICROSOFT.COM or by referring to one of the options listed in the Start Here book, which is included with your Windows NT Server product. This mail address is only for Windows NT Server Resource Kit related issues.

The SOFTWARE (including instructions for its use and all printed and online documentation) is provided "AS IS" without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties, including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the SOFTWARE and documentation remains with you.

In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the SOFTWARE be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the SOFTWARE or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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