Microsoft Windows IIS is a great application host for first timers or for complex deployments
August 10, 2018

Microsoft Windows IIS is a great application host for first timers or for complex deployments

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft IIS

IIS is being used to drive an internal NodeJS application within our department and is used widely throughout the rest of our company for other internal services. The primary driving force behind using it is the ease of integrating Windows Single Sign-On for all of our internal sites.
  • 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
  • As a service offered on any version of Windows, IIS is a great, relatively free (with the cost of Windows) option to host web applications without needing extensive effort or training.
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.
Well suited when utilizing Windows servers that require multiple sites to be deployed and you don't want to employ multiple services to run different applications

Microsoft IIS Feature Ratings

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