Microsoft Internet Information Server 4 for Dummies


Get your Web site or corporate intranet up and running quickly and painlessly with Microsoft's new state-of-the-art entry in the field of Web servers. The Internet Information Server (IIS) is really two products in one: a complete Web server with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, and a platform for software developers to build and publish customized Web applications. And it's free.

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Get your Web site or corporate intranet up and running quickly and painlessly with Microsoft's new state-of-the-art entry in the field of Web servers. The Internet Information Server (IIS) is really two products in one: a complete Web server with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, and a platform for software developers to build and publish customized Web applications. And it's free.

Whether you're running a business intranet or publishing for the world at large on the Web, Microsoft Internet Information Server 4 For Dummies can guide you safely through the treacherous waters of bringing the Web's powerful capabilities to your company's existing network resources and databases. In clear, concise, and easy-to-understand language, technical guru David Angell covers all the details you'll need to know about setting up your own server on a Windows NT 4 system, building a secure site, and taking advantage of the latest tools and technologies for Web-based publishing, including Active Server Pages and Microsoft's Front Page 98 authoring software.

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A reference designed to help readers install and run Microsoft's server-side WWW platform. The author shows how to calculate hardware and ISP requirements for establishing a server on the Internet, building an intranet using Microsoft TCP/IP and IIS4, tracking site usage, allow multiple scripting languages to live in one environment with Active Server Pages, use Microsoft Index Server to build a Web site search engine, and set up an FTP server. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502651
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.39 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Why This Book Is for You
Who You Are
What's Inside
How to Use This Book
Icons Used in This Book
Part I: Getting Started with Internet Information Server
Chapter 1: Serving Up Internet Information Server
Internet Information Server in a Nutshell
The symbiotic relationship of NT Server and IIS
IIS: Web server and development environment
What IIS Means to Your Organization
Breaking the UNIX barrier
Why Web technology is important
IIS and TCP/IP networking
IIS and intranets
IIS and the Internet
The Internet Information Server Steamroller
Microsoft is giving it away
The rise of IIS
IIS and the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack
One big happy Microsoft BackOffice family
Meet Internet Information Server 4.0
A snappy Internet service manager
Running multiple Web servers in a single bound
Conferencing via the Network News Server
Finding stuff with Microsoft Index Server 2.0
Better management with Site Server Express
Extending the IIS reach to FrontPage 98
Coming alive with Active server pages
Chapter 2: Don't Stall -- Install
IIS Preinstall Checklist
Under the Hood of Windows NT Server
Checking the list to see what's naughty and nice
More processor power, more memory, Scotty!
Hard drive size and speed
Go faster with fast Ethernet cards
Use NTFS on Your NT Server
Installing the TCP/IP Protocol
Adding the Windows NT Service Pack 3
Installing Internet Explorer 4.01
Getting the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack
Option Pack downloading options
Downloading the Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack
Installing the Windows NT Option Pack
Installing the Option Pack
Uninstalling the Option Pack
Adding Option Pack programs
Checking Out Internet Information Server
Testing Your Web Site from a Network Client
Installing IIS Is Just the Beginning
Chapter 3: Using TCP/IP for Fun and Profit
TCP/IP Fundamentals
Why use TCP/IP?
The five layers of TCP/IP
How TCP and IP work together
Routing in packet-based networking
Gateways to the TCP/IP universe
Ports and sockets
Creating Identity with IP Addresses
IP addresses have class and no class
Subnet subdivision
Unassigned IP addresses
Static IP addressing
Dynamic IP addressing with DHCP
Translating IP addresses with NAT
Name Resolution Basics
Domains and subdomains
Top-level domain names
A new generation of top-level domains
Getting your domain name
Setting Up a Multihomed Host
Chapter 4: Building a TCP/IP Habitat for IIS
NT Server Tools of the TCP/IP Trade
Microsoft DNS server
Microsoft WINS server
Microsoft DHCP server
Setting Up the Microsoft DNS Server
Installing DNS server
Setting up a DNS server
Creating a DNS zone
Creating a reverse DNS lookup file
Adding hosts to a domain
Creating subdomains
Enabling WINS resolution
Working with WINS
Installing WINS
Setting up your WINS server
Changing WINS Manager displays
Dynamic IP Addressing with the Microsoft DHCP Server
Installing the DHCP server
Creating a DHCP server scope
Configuring a DHCP scope for WINS
Deleting a scope
Configuring Windows Clients for Your Intranet
Configuring Windows clients for DNS and static IP addresses
Setting up a Windows 95 client
Setting up a Windows NT Workstation client
Configuring WINS clients
Setting up a Windows 95 client for WINS
Setting up a Windows NT Workstation client for WINS
Configuring Windows clients for DHCP and dynamic IP addressing
Setting up a Windows 95 client for DHCP
Setting up a Windows NT client for DHCP
Checking assigned TCP/IP settings for a DHCP client
Chapter 5: Making All the Right Internet Connections
Web Serving on the Internet
Down on the Web farm
Bringing the Internet connection to your doorstep
Which way should you go?
Telcos Are between You and the Net
LECs, IECs, and CLECs
Telco monopolies and the high cost of bandwidth
The Bandwidth Buffet
Bandwidth bandits
Bandwidth scalability
Dedicated analog modem service
ISDN service
Frame relay service
T1 and fractional T1 service
xDSL service
The DSL family
Pacific Bell's FastTrak DSL
Cable modem service
Estimating Your Bandwidth Requirements
Calculating page sizes
Calculating bandwidth
Estimating hit rates
Number of simultaneous users
Where the WAN Meets the LAN
Defining gateways in Windows NT
The router's job
Microsoft's RRAS service
Microsoft Internet Connection Service
Making the ISP Connection
Finding an Internet service provider
Measuring ISP performance and reliability
Pinging an ISP
Using Net.Medic
Know the ISP's upgrade options
Internet Security Issues
Using a standalone Web server
Using the two-protocol solution
Types of Internet threats
Packet filter firewalls
Proxy firewalls
Microsoft Proxy Server
Part II: Taking Control of Your IIS Server
Chapter 6: Internet Service Manager Fundamentals
Taking Control of Microsoft Management Console
Looking around the MMC windows
Left pane, right pane
The IIS document window
Getting Started with Internet Service Manager
Starting, stopping, and pausing a server
Express service to the Explorers
Levels of IIS Properties
Master of the properties
Server properties
Folder and file properties
Touring the Web Server Properties
Web Site
ISAPI filters
Home directory
Directory security
HTTP headers
Custom errors
Touring the FTP Server Properties
FTP site
Security accounts
Home directory
Directory security
Chapter 7: Basic Web Site Administration
Making a Web Site Come Alive with Content
Changing the Home Page
Working with Virtual Directories
Getting from Internet Service Manager to Windows NT Explorer
Creating directories in Windows NT
Creating a virtual directory
Managing virtual directories
Specifying the home page
Renaming and deleting virtual directories
Redirecting Web Browser Requests
Redirecting to a local directory
Redirecting to a network share
Redirecting to a URL
Creating New Web Servers
Setting up IP addresses in Windows NT Server
Adding an IP address to a network card
Binding multiple IP addresses to one network card
Creating a virtual Web server
Using host headers
Sailing into TCP/IP ports
Chapter 8: More Web Server Management Tools
Limiting Your Connections
Limiting simultaneous connections
Cutting them off
Enhancing Web Server Performance
Performance tuning
Putting the throttle on bandwidth
Keep 'em alive
Taking Advantage of HTTP Headers
Freshness dating
Rating your content
MIME mapping
Customizing HTTP headers
Adding Footers to Web Pages
Maintaining Content Control
Managing Web Sites Remotely
Using the Internet Service Manager snap-in remotely
Setting up for Web browser remote administration
Remotely accessing Internet Service Manager (HTML)
Creating Custom Error Messages
Chapter 9: Running an FTP Site
Setting Up an FTP Site
Filling up your FTP server
Organizing FTP site files
Decompression for your FTP site
Changing your listing style
Getting the message out
Checking out who's connected
Changing names
Limiting Your FTP Server Connections
Managing simultaneous connections
Cutting them off
Working with Virtual Directories
Getting from Internet Service Manager to Windows NT Explorer
Creating directories in Windows NT
Creating virtual directories
Managing virtual directories
Redirecting FTP Clients
Redirecting to a local directory
Redirecting to a network share
Creating New FTP Servers
Setting up IP addresses in Windows NT Server
Creating new FTP servers
Sailing into port
Chapter 10: Taking Security Precautions
IIS and Windows NT Security Synergy
The User Manager for Domains
The IUSR user account
Setting Permissions in IIS
Setting Web server permissions
Controlling directory browsing
Setting FTP server permissions
Setting folder and file permissions
NT File Permissions
Authentication Control
Usernames in Windows NT domains
Basic authentication
Windows NT Challenge/Response authentication
FTP server security
Allow only anonymous connections
Creating a private FTP server
Restricting Access via TCP/IP
Granting access to specific computers
Restricting access to only specific computers
Assigning Site Operators
Keeping Secure with SSL
Keys and certificates
What certificates cost
Getting and Setting Up Certificates
Getting a Dun & Bradstreet number
Generating a key pair
Applying for the certificate
Buying a server certificate online
Getting a free test certificate
Backing up your certificate
Adding a certificate to your Web server
Activating SSL on your Web server
Certificate Server
Security Guidelines
Part III: Beyond the Fundamentals
Chapter 11: Conferencing with Microsoft News Server
About Microsoft News Server
Installing Microsoft News Server
Basic News Server Administration
Managing connections
Handling News server security
Changing the home directory
Setting restrictions and content controls
Testing your News server
Monitoring current sessions
Working with Newsgroups
Creating newsgroups
Editing and deleting newsgroups
Managing postings
Creating an expiration policy for newsgroups
Setting up moderated newsgroups
SMTP and moderated newsgroups
Enabling moderated newsgroups
Creating a moderated newsgroup
Adding New Identities to Your News Server
Setting up IP addresses
Creating a virtual News server
Working with Virtual Directories
Remote Control of the NNTP Service
Chapter 12: Searching Your Content
Getting Started with Index Server
Checking out Index Server
Working with Index Server Manager
Working with Catalogs and Directories
Creating catalogs
What's in a catalog?
Adding directories to catalogs
Scanning directories
Excluding directories from indexing
Deleting catalog directories
Managing indexing from IIS
Managing Index Server Properties
Location properties
Web properties
Generation properties
Speeding Up Queries with the Index Server Cache
Making Index Server Queries
Using ready-made query forms
Playing by the rules
Using the NNTP search form
Chapter 13: Active Server Pages and Scripting
CGI versus Active Server Pages
IIS 4 Scripting Language Options
JScript, ECMAScript, and JavaScript
Client-Side and Server-Side Scripts
How Do I Create an Active Server Page?
Using multiple scripting languages in one page
Changing the default scripting language
Active Server Applications
Active Server Page Objects
The Request and Response objects
Redirecting readers with Request and Response
Keeping pages current with Response.Expires
The Application and Session objects
The Server object
Active Server Components
Determining the capabilities of the browser
Rotating advertisements
Linking pages sequentially
Creating and accessing files
Troubleshooting Your Scripts
Server-Side Include (SSI)
Internet Server Application Programming Interface (ISAPI)
Chapter 14: Connecting Databases to Your Web Site
The Changing World of Database Connectivity
Assessing Your Database Needs
Tools of the Database Trade
FrontPage 98 and Access 97 Database Integration
Microsoft Access Web Publishing
Exporting tables to HTML pages
Exporting a query datasheet with a template
Exporting reports to HTML
Creating Web Pages Using Microsoft SQL Server
Configuring the Data Source Name
Opening the database connection
Accessing the database records
Putting it all together
Verifying script permissions
Generating Web Pages with the SQL Server Web Assistant
Chapter 15: Creating Logs and Reports
Choosing a Log File Format
NCSA Common Log format
Microsoft IIS Log format
W3C Extended Log File format
ODBC Logging format
Enabling Logging
Interpreting Log Files
Understanding W3C Extended Log files
Understanding Microsoft IIS Log files
Understanding NCSA Common Log files
Controlling Log Files
Customizing Logs
Storing Log Information in a Database
Creating Usage Reports
Importing data
Creating reports with Report Writer
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Market Your Web Site
Understanding Web Marketing Is Unique
Write Your Words
Tap Search Engines
Submit to Search Engines
Submit It!
Design Web Pages for Search Engines
Define your keywords
Master <META> tags
The power of titles
Harness the Power of Links
Put Your URL in Its Place
Work the Newsgroups and Mailing Lists
Announce Your Site
Get Your 15 Minutes of Fame
Buy Banners
Chapter 17: Ten Webmaster Resources
HTML and DHTML Editors
Portable Documents
Web Database Tools
Windows NT and IIS Resources
Online Webmaster Resources
Image Editors
Image Utilities and Optimization Tools
ActiveX and VBScript
Java Applets

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