12. Internet Information Server (IIS) and Peer Web Services (PWS)
These use the Internet Server Application Programming Interface (ISAPI), NT Server uses IIS and NT Workstation
uses PWS (allows only 10 connections) and they can provide the following:
- File publication
- Network Management
- Support for Common Gateway Interface (CGI) and Practical Extraction and Report Language (PERL)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Backoffice applications such as SQL and SNA Server.
The Install Information Server icon on the desktop allows you to install IIS, so does the Network
program. Changes are made using the Internet Information Server Setup in Microsoft Internet Server
PWS is also installed form the Network program and changes made in the Peer Web Services Setup in
Peer Web Services folder.
Microsoft Internet Service Manager (ISM) is used to manage multiple servers from one computer,
view server properties, stop or pause a service and configure server properties. A default WWW
document can be set if a user does not display a file. ISM can also create links to other computers,
create menus etc. for Gopher and can let FTP clients view files on an NT server as if it were
a Unix server.
NT Server comes with IIS 2.0, the latest version is 4.0.
The user name and password is used to make anonymous connections and the Internet Guest account IUSR_computername
is added to the Guest account.