Microsoft IIS Reviews

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Rahul Dhangar profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Troubleshooting problems is very easy due to the server logs, which are maintained by default in Microsoft IIS.
  • Awesome integration with Visual Studio and dot NET applications.
  • Best performance with Microsoft tools and services, because of its native nature with them.
  • Microsoft IIS' performance, in comparison with lean web-servers like Nginx and Apache, has a lot of room for improvement.
  • Since it is a non-open source solution and a proprietary Microsoft software, it is tied with Microsoft Windows OS, which is prone to new security vulnerabilities on a frequent basis.
  • The logging of errors is very vague in nature sometimes, which makes it difficult to get to the root cause of the error, and means it takes more time in debugging.
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Kyle Kochtan profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Microsoft IIS is very good at quickly and easily starting up a website
  • Microsoft IIS is excellent at hosting .net sites, this makes development and deployment seamless
  • Microsoft IIS is great for multiple domains pointing to the same sites
  • Microsoft IIS security could be more straightforward
  • Security can be difficult if you want to use a 3rd party claims authentication
  • Custom Handlers can be difficult to manage
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Vinicius Lima profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • IIS is easy to configure, quick to get up and running.
  • Ability to work with PowerShell
  • Separation of application pools for shared environments
  • Built in scalability options
  • Although it supports other technologies than .NET, it's not a straightforward process
  • Log files are difficult to find and read
  • Depends on Windows Server
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Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Handle a decent amount of loads
  • Easily configurable
  • Simple UI to customize for different applications
  • Is memory-intensive
  • Has multi-threading issues
  • Cannot be used for connection pooling by itself
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Valery Mezentsau profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to deploy and minimum time for the first startup.
  • Supports a large variety of web technologies.
  • Easy website and applications management.
  • The best integration with Microsoft AD for user authentication.
  • It is regularly patched.
  • For some web applications, it takes additional time to configure IIS to make a website work.
  • IIS logging - it is not the strongest side of the product.
  • Compared to Apache or Nginx, IIS uses way more system resources.
  • Even with regular patches, IIS has many vulnerabilities.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Windows Authentication for Single Sign-On makes managing permission easier by using custom Active Directory groups
  • Serving static site files is incredibly easy
  • Allows for easy binding of ports and hostnames
  • Ease of integrating SSL certificates
  • Configuration of NodeJS application took effort with some undocumented loopholes
  • Deploying a NodeJS app with Single Sign-On was challenging when it came to asynchronous requests as OPTION requests do not include authorization and needed to be approved in an automated fashion prior to the NodeJS application being called
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John Glenn profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Very easy to deploy new sites.
  • Great integration with Visual Studio .NET.
  • Easy to troubleshoot.
  • The SQL integration is also fairly seamless.
  • It seems like they don't do new version migrations easily. Newer versions of IIS have required that we change our web.config files to exclude certain portions.
  • Error messages can be vague if you didn't write them in yourself.
  • I would like there to be a way to snapshot instances of IIS without having to snapshot an entire server. Not as a pass/fail test but more as a consistent backup for site hacks and malware.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ease of access for users.
  • Not having to have a fat client installed for particular applications; just access from browser or mobile device.
  • Ease of manageability for web applications and websites.
  • Easy to troubleshoot.
  • Easy to maintain and perform system maintenance.
  • Many many features, functions, and very customizable.
  • Simplify the user interface. It has basically stayed the same and certain things/pieces are cumbersome to get to.
  • Not much else, it does a good job for what it was made to do.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Microsoft IIS provides an in depth GUI that helps for managing sites.
  • Native support of the ASP.NET framework for web applications. Overall this has given us better compatibility than a Apache/Mono setup.
  • Since it's a Microsoft product, it's natively better integrated with our Windows based environment (Active Directory).
  • The performance of Microsoft IIS is always slightly behind more lean web servers like Apache and NGINX.
  • Microsoft IIS is locked to the Windows Operating System. For some components (SCCM and WSUS) you are essentially forced to use IIS, instead of a more open source Apache or Mono solution.
  • Security concerns over Windows IIS web servers. While this isn't directly the fault of IIS, since issues usually occur from vulnerabilities within the Windows OS.
  • IIS is closed source, which does remove customizability and the ability for the community to review the code base. An open source web server will usually has less exploits, since the code base can be reviewed and debugged by anyone.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Support of application integration is a strength, many COTS applications are supported by Microsoft IIS.
  • Microsoft IIS on the Windows Server 2012 R2 platform is very configurable.
  • Easily configured for Active Directory authentication.
  • Compared to Apache, Microsoft IIS has a large memory footprint.
  • Microsoft regularly changes it's administrative utility, sometimes drastically, which causes a learning curve one version to the next.
  • With some applications you need to spend quite some time tuning Microsoft IIS to bring it to an acceptable level of performance.
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Peter Quale profile photo
Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The IIS SEO Toolkit is aging very well, and is still an important tool in our everyday website testing.
  • IIS makes it very easy for us to test URL rewriting and reverse proxies in advance of launching changes on live websites.
  • Website speed is so critical and IIS makes testing performance optimization strategies painless and quick.
  • Honestly, improvements over the years have been right in-line with our needs.
  • We're I to ask for anything, we'd love an IIS extension for the Log Parser Studio. Perhaps I'm just lazy.
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April 12, 2017

IIS Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ease of management. IIS is relatively easy to install, configure, monitor and troubleshoot.
  • Security. IIS is a large application, with known vulnerabilities and a relatively large attack surface.
  • Monitoring and logging. While much of the IIS infrastructure is easily interpreted, more meaningful error messages would be very useful. Arcane event/error messages that are only meaningful to the publisher are not especially useful to a business managing the product.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ease of configuration. IIS Manager provides access to almost all of IIS functionality via an easy to use GUI.
  • Centralized Certificate Store means SSL certs can be centrally stored and referenced by various IIS installs.
  • Strong user base means issues can often be resolved quickly via forums, etc.
  • Some settings are not accessible via the GUI. This can obfuscate changes made directly by some application.
  • Setting up impersonation for security can be difficult.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Largely expandable to meet different security requirements.
  • As a Microsoft product, documentation and other support resources are widely available.
  • High availability and robustness lead to low administrative overhead
  • Logging may be a little tricky without appropriate parsing tools.
  • Application pools may be misconfigured when built by an application. Sometimes manual performance tweaking is necessary.
  • Update cycle could be a little tighter but not a legitimate complaint
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December 01, 2015

Basic Review from and MSP

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Excellent Logging
  • Ease of use
  • Management of Application Pools (ie, the ability to gracefully recycle a single site)
  • SMTP relays only work in IIS6. Even when I'm on server 2012 R2 (IIS8) I have to install IIS6 management console to use a relay.
  • Not an IIS issue, but IIS has to be installed on Windows which is a performance hog compared to linux/Apache.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

IDE support (14)
7.8
Security management (18)
7.7
Administration and management (18)
8.3
Application server performance (18)
7.6
Installation (18)
8.1
Open-source standards compliance (10)
6.5

About Microsoft IIS

Microsoft IIS is an application server and infrastructure.

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