Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS

Score 8.5 out of 10
Microsoft IIS

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What is Microsoft IIS?

Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.
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Build for ease.

10 out of 10
April 28, 2021
We're a Microsoft based organization... we use .NET Framework C#, azure, teams, outlook etc etc. [Microsoft] IIS is our first choice for …
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Microsoft IIS

9 out of 10
November 27, 2019
We build a business web application to support operations which are hosted on Windows servers using IIS. I would say that our utilisation …
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  • Installation (28)
    8.8
    88%
  • Application server performance (28)
    8.0
    80%
  • Administration and management (28)
    7.8
    78%
  • Security management (28)
    6.9
    69%

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Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.

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What is Microsoft IIS?

Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.

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Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.

Reviewers rate Installation highest, with a score of 8.8.

The most common users of Microsoft IIS are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
On Windows, Microsoft IIS is easier to implement and maintain than Apache web service. Normally if you need to host PHP or other apache native content on a Windows server, it's recommended to use WAMP or equivalent software to simplify the installation, administration, and configuration of resources. However, you can use Microsoft IIS and other web services on the same server, taking care to keep separate folders and port usage for each system.
Gordon Lo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It's difficult to compare Apache HTTP Server, nginx, and IIS - they really serve a similar purpose on a different stack. IIS is well suited to the Microsoft stack. Apache HTTP Server works well for Java web applications. nginx is a multipurpose tool that we sometimes deploy as a reverse proxy or to host our angular and node applications. When it comes to hosting .net, .net core, wcf, asp.net, aspnet core... IIS is the only choice.
Scott Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In terms of the configuration on a shared volume perspective, I think the Apache HTTP Server does a better job here. The Apache angle on this problem is more efficient from a man power perspective and ends up costing a little less in the long run over time. IIS tends to scale better at a certain point though.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft IIS is a lot more easier for Microsoft .NET developers to integrate and configure. It is MUCH more easier to install and therefore less time consuming to deliver applications to end users. IIS can be installed with a few clicks of a button by anyone with administrative access to the web server, where as other products have a separate download, install, configuration that must happen before it can be used by the developers.
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
After using both Microsoft IIS and free Linux alternatives, like NGINX and Apache, I have to say I much prefer the Linux products in every way. Configuration is clearer (you have to edit config files deep in Linux somewhere, but once you've done it once, it's easy). Logging is better and simpler (no awful EventViewer). NGINX and Apache tend to be much faster, more robust, and they don't shut anything down--they serve things forever. Microsoft IIS is continually shutting things down and then when the next request comes in, it takes too long to get things running again to serve it.
April 28, 2021

Build for ease.

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apache is java. Java is unnecessary complex. No developer wants to invest in learning all the hundreds of text based configuration files to get something done. Also, apache gives you the most evil and un-usable user interface possible. [Microsoft] IIS makes [life] after development easy, which is already complex enough to be bothered by something as mundane as exposing your work over the internet.
Karl Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
Positive: Better integration with Active Directory
Negative: Appache Tomcat is open source and can be deployed on all operating systems including Linux, which allows for easier cross-platform deployments.
Rahul Dhangar | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Nginx is hard to support for smaller multiple projects, which is one reason we use the Microsoft IIS server, which is best fit for a set-up once and forget scenario. The Apache server is more recommended for smaller sized projects due to its cost factor, as the Microsoft IIS server turns out to be costly in the initial server setup costs because of the licensing of every proprietary software, including the Windows OS.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft IIS stacked up well with Apache, but since we are a Microsoft shop primarily, we had more resources that were familiar with managing the operating system and the server itself. While there are some benefits to Apache, you can find most of them in Microsoft IIS if you configure it properly.
Kyle Kochtan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft IIS was selected long ago as it was included with the Windows licensing. As such no new servers or costs were needed to host a site. We now host nearly 4,000 sites on Microsoft IIS. We do still use other platforms as needed but we always start with Microsoft IIS first before going another direction.
Valery Mezentsau | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Apache Web Server and Nginx
IIS is easier to configure and manage. Doesn't require deep knowledge of the product to manage it. Doesn't require for IT team to learn Linux/Unix OS for basic web hosting. However, for advanced IT specialists, all three solutions could be useful and can work together.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apache and Nginx are both lower overhead solutions compared to IIS, but require extensive configuration through files or command lines. For someone creating a website for the first time, these solutions are difficult to understand and implement.
April 12, 2017

IIS Review

Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Two factors drove our implementation of IIS.

1) Staff familiarity. IIS' ubiquity in the marketplace and its' already-familiar developer tools made IIS implementation straightforward.

2) Vendor support. Most of our external software publishers use IIS for their applications. Implementing their solutions using a known platform was simplified.

John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Apache and Nginx are what we use for our large websites and public data. When dealing with the type of traffic we see on our sites IIS just doesn't scale out well. For our staff levels, Apache and Nginx are very hard to support for all of our projects so we can't always use them. IIS seems to fit the bill here for those smaller deployments. Again, it's not my first choice for a lot of connections or for big data. I save those for the Linux servers.
Leo Brewer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Apache
Many support teams are not comfortable supporting Linux platforms which is where Apache can really shine; also, application vendors often do not support Apache on Linux whereas they do support their products on Microsoft servers running IIS. In our case, the applications that I support are supported by the vendor on IIS/Microsoft server.
Aaron Hartzler | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my experience, Microsoft IIS was definitely easier to wrap my head around and also to troubleshoot. The GUI was a great visual way to see what "sites" and "app pools" you have, what is running, what is currently up. Microsoft IIS also offers the flexibility to have multiple sites and app pools going at the same time and also the versatility to do maintenance on any one without affecting the others.
payton climer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Microsoft IIS is the only official way to run ASP.NET framework sites and for Microsoft System management tools (SCCM and WSUS). While open source options like Apache and NGINX are more commonly used in our department, to maintain the best compatibility we use IIS in certain situations that require it.
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