Professional IIS 7

I recently got a copy of my friend Scott Forsyth's IIS 7 book from WROX. The book has 6 authors and covers just about everything you need to know about IIS 7. I have examined a few IIS 7 books and have played a little with IIS 7 so far. Professional IIS 7 provides a great wealth of information about the latest version of the Microsoft Web Server.

Professional IIS 7
by Ken Schaefer, Jeff Cochran, Scott Forsyth, Rob Baugh, Mike Everest, Dennis Glendenning

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It provides a really good deep dive into the new IIS architecture and compares it directly with IIS 6 so you get a good grasp on how things are actually changing under the hood. It also reviews deployment techniques, new administration tools and interfaces and how to manage other services like FTP and SMTP. My favorite sections show how to write .NET applications to automate IIS 7. These are very valuable sections from my point of view because I have never felt comfortable creating scripts to hit the WMI interfaces.

I also really like how the book walks you through deployment strategies, setups on various versions of Windows 2008 and security practices. There is so much packed into this book I think it will be a very worn out reference for IIS admins all over the world for several years.

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