IIS - Should be first choice for .Net web applications
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March 28, 2017

IIS - Should be first choice for .Net web applications

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft IIS

IIS is used for most publicly-facing web properties in the organization, as well as a number of internal-only line-of-business web applications (used organization-wide and per department) and the corporate SharePoint.
  • 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.
  • Low cost of installation, as it is already included with Microsoft Server
  • Ease of installation and maintenance, with few to no ongoing issues
  • Can be difficult to configure on per-application basis, for complex web service access and security needs, so must account for extra time in deployment
IIS much easier to install, configure and maintain in a Windows environment. Tomcat is more appropriate when it comes bundled with third party applications.
For all .Net based web applications on a Windows server infrastructure, IIS is the first choice. For bundled, third-party apps, it usually makes more sense to use the web server the app comes with (Apache, etc).

Microsoft IIS Feature Ratings

IDE support
Not Rated
Security management
9
Administration and management
9
Application server performance
8
Installation
8
Open-source standards compliance
5