Administration Tools

Windows 2000 Server contains a variety of tools for administering the four core IIS 5 services just discussed. The next several sections describe the tools for administering these services.

Internet Information Services

Internet Information Services, a stand-alone snap-in for the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), is the primary tool used for administering IIS 5 on Windows 2000-based networks; therefore, it's the primary tool we'll use for IIS 5 administration in this chapter and the next. Note that the actual snap-in is called Internet Information Services, whereas the shortcut created in the Administrative Tools folder for the default console within which this snap-in is installed is called Internet Services Manager.

By default, when you install Windows 2000 Server, it supports only the WWW, FTP, and SMTP Publishing Services, so you can use the Internet Information Services console to create and manage Web sites, FTP sites, and SMTP sites (Figure 28-11). You can install the NNTP Publishing Service later by opening Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel and selecting the Add/Remove Windows Components option. Select the Internet Information Services component and click Details to locate this service.

Figure 28-11. The default Internet Information Services console window.

Internet Services Manager (HTML)

The Internet Services Manager (HTML) tool, usually shortened to ISM (HTML), is really an ASP application running on IIS 5. It allows administrators to remotely manage many aspects of IIS 5 by using a standard Web browser like Internet Explorer 5. ISM (HTML) is installed on Windows 2000 Server by default (although you should uninstall it for security reasons, and instead use MMC or Terminal Services remote administration mode). Chapter 29 covers the ISM (HTML) tool in more detail.

Administration Scripts

The programmatically minded can use the Windows Scripting Host (WSH) to run administration scripts on Windows 2000 Server to perform common administrative tasks like creating new Web sites, configuring Web site security, creating virtual directories, stopping and starting Web sites, and so on. You can write these scripts in Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) or JavaScript. You'll find sample administration scripts in the \Inetpub\AdminScripts folder. For better security, use the IIS Lockdown tool to remove them.

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrator's Companion
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Administrators Companion
ISBN: 0735617856
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 320

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