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IIS 7.5 review by <span>Maxim O.</span>
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"Easy start out of the box"

What do you like best?

Just need few clicks for first run of the IIS web server.

Easy and fast setup if you do not need smart rules of forwarding, balancing of network, active directory integration, smart rules of different sites and so on.

Do not need to install additional software in the server, but maybe need some updates from Microsoft. Do not need to restart server for starting Web server.

Easy start and stop web server in several clicks.

Web Server doesn't have problems with other programs by same vendor Microsoft in the Server.

Support direct from Microsoft company.

Server does not need special complicated tunings for first successful run in the different integrations with IIS web server.

What do you dislike?

Cant easy save complicated settings into one script file.

If need several servers, or several sites with intelligent rules, it is not simply tunings.

Does not have external understandable logs and processes, need to search logs and services inside internal Windows processes for deep finding errors and debugging.

Does not support version control of web site (scripts, html files, database) out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need small site with small number of users, than IIS simply and out of the box solution. If you need smart site or/and big amount of end web users, than you need several administrators of web site, web server, Windows servers and you need to do complicate tunings for good performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Do integration of IIS with HP UCMDB, HP BSM, HP Service Manager. IIS works fine in the Windows servers out of the box.

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IIS 7.5 review by User in Computer & Network Security
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"IIS7.5 has a new improve agile feature rich app"

What do you like best?

I like the new graphical configuration is really i like it which is kind of reg-edit. Also the FTP is integrated with the console making it full fledged. It has a improved GUI management. I am very-much comfortable in the command line meaning the option to manage the IIS server through Microsoft's Power Shell interface. Using the Power Shell snap-in for IIS 7.5, using commands to control i can view nearly any aspect of the server. It make our job a easier for managing scripts, build scheduled tasks and handle remote management.

What do you dislike?

This is really good one. Most of the things are met on this.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It depends upon what they want to build on top of IIS. It really has good feature and lot of new feature is already there with new windows server version.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website development.

What Application Server solution do you use?

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IIS 7.5 review by <span>Celia S.</span>
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"A Small but Solid Upgrade and As Always, Easy to Use"

What do you like best?

Seems a little silly to be writing a review for IIS since it is basically a given for those working with Windows servers. Thankfully, IIS has almost always been an easy-to-use and reliable web platform (well at least since IIS 6). Regardless of the size of your server environment or your role within IT, it is easy to configure IIS to your needs and learn how to use it. The new config editor makes it easy to update config settings without having to dig into web.config. I also appreciate the security updates and the improvements on FTP server management through IIS. Overall it is a small but solid upgrade.

What do you dislike?

The update over the previous version is fairly small. It is also not the most modern version of the tool and you will have to update to 2012R2 if using Windows 10.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Probably should be updating to IIS 8 at this point. Continued use of 7.5 may lead to future security threats.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IIS is basically a requirement for those running web servers on Windows. I am a front-end web developer and I use IIS from time to time although I am not a systems admin/engineer type.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Lucas P.</span>
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"Still a top Web Server Solution"

What do you like best?

IIS 7.5 still offers a top notch solution that offers web sites all the hosting capabilities and the ability to integrate multiple other languages. Pricing has adjusted heavily in the recent years due to competition.

What do you dislike?

IIS 7.5 still has a few limitations and certain things end up costing a little more than they should since you still need to license certain pieces of software to use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

IIS is still the industry standard and most reliable solution there is. Linux based platforms and Windows based tools have offered steady competition for this as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IIS provides me with the ability to host internal websites and services for my constituents to take advantage of.

IIS 7.5 review by User in Insurance
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"The only choice for a .NET developer stack"

What do you like best?

IIS is easy to configure, quick to get up and running. There is plenty of options for creating scripts to handle regular tasks, work with multiple sites, SSL, etc. etc. IIS can also handle other types of requirements like FTP, etc.

One of the most powerful features of IIS is the ability to work with PowerShell so everything can be scripted and automated by setting it to a schedule.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was an easy way to reset IIS through the UI. Currently the only way I know how to reset IIS is through a script with Powershell or command line. Another issue I've had with IIS is the frequency and necessity of patch updates that need to be installed. Usually when installing the patches you need to take servers offline which can hurt your overall uptime.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's still really the best solutions for a .NET shop to use for hosting. We are really starting to look more closely at containers and other options for how we host our applications. For the foreseeable future however, we will most likely continue to use IIS until we have fully explored and tested any of the other options that are out there.

Still though, if you're a Microsoft shop with a primarily .NET tech stack, it's hard to recommend anything else.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using IIS to manage all of our hosting for our .NET web applications that we currently host. We run multiple applications and front facing websites.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Hector Antonio C.</span>
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"Great Performing Web Server"

What do you like best?

The community around IIS is very supportive, attentive and involved. For instance, some weeks ago I was trying to use LetsEncrypt to obtain a SSL certificate, and as I'm browsing the web looking for tutorials, I found that an IIS user developed an automated application that not only configures the server for you, but also renews the certificates before they expire.

In production, IIS has always delivered great speeds and is able to serve hundreds of requests per second.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes IIS is associated with legacy applications and people believe that it underperforms compared to Apache or Ngnix, but in my opinion it is very robust and reliable. I don't have many complains about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a shot; it might not be as popular as Ngnix or as liked by the linux community as Apache, but it is very robust and reliable! One suggestion though, is that its documentation on Microsoft's side is a little bit ambiguous, so be prepared to do third-party lookups when trying configurations.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a web server, it literally runs the web apps I host on top of it. Some of the benefits of using IIS compared to Apache or Ngnix is the Windows integration and the code snippets that people have developed for it through time.

IIS 7.5 review by User
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"Old but good"

What do you like best?

This is a solid platform to host sites and get highly creative if you have a complex envionment

What do you dislike?

Most of the need for IIS these days is gone. Use Azure Web Apps or hosting companies. Much to complicated for most needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have a specific need for it. If there are not strong security requirements and it is for a basic website - use something else like Azure.If it is for Intranet - create a VPN to Azure and use Azure...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If you have highly custom network zones set up and load balancers routing specific traffic. IIS is for you. The web and application configs allow you to meet most requirements. Like FIPS, or MARS-e - etc. Outside of that if you have a typical configuration - use Web App hosting in Azure.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Александр .</span>
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"The number one web server for Microsoft stack"

What do you like best?

- Easy to get started (you can configure all by just installing recommended configuration in Web Platform Installer)

- Separation of application pools for shared environments

- Ability to run almost anything (e.g. not only ASP.NET)

- Built in scalability options

- Integration with system (especially monitoring and logging)

- Modularity (you can extend it in many ways by just installing required modules or writing your own)

What do you dislike?

IIS versions is sticked to Windows versions, so if you have Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 - you will get one IIS, if you have Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2 - you will got another. There is reason for this - IIS is tightly integrated with system but still I dislike it and want to be able to use latest IIS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are on Windows all you need to do is to run Web Platform Installer, choose Recommended Configuration and press Install - it will take you five minutes to start using it, and you will like it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IIS is used to run main sites behind load balancer in a farm (cluster). Also separate installation is used to serve static content, after some tuning it behaves very good and I do not see any reason why should I move to something else like a nginx.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Avinash S.</span>
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"Best web server"

What do you like best?

IIS is very easy to install and configure in server. we can add all of application in IIS by separating Application pools. We can use same application pool with more than 1 application in server.

What do you dislike?

Configuration is managed properly as its maintain in a XML file and very hard to identify is something went wrong in IIS, even there is no default reset option for IIS configuration.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Its always good idea to have backup of congratulation XML file in the case of something went wrong in IIS we can replace the same to get previews configuration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosted many .Net application in IIS and very easy to maintain our application also configuration of the same.

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Ease of Installation and Maintenance"

What do you like best?

Easy to install, deploy and run application. Seamless configuration features. Ability to deploy on Cloud such as Azure. SSL configuration is pretty straightforward

What do you dislike?

Limitation to run only against Windows environment. Need the ability to run against Cloud such as AWS, other OS

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it for quick deployments of Intranet and Internet applications

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All in house and client facing applications are hosted on IIS. Less effort, quick configuration, easy deployment, cluster setup, load balancing features are few benefits observed

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Stanley M.</span>
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"Been supporting all versions of IIS for many years."

What do you like best?

The support for the product has become much simpler over the last few versions.

What do you dislike?

Although support has become simpler, it is still very cumbersome to configure and support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

IIS has come a long way from where it was. Using the IIS Manager has made setup and support quite a bit easier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

IIS has been the #1 choice for all Windows Server applications I've been involved with for the past 4 years in my current position.

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator
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"Best Web hosting server for people who love GUI"

What do you like best?

1: Hosting a website is very easy, just a few clicks and you are done.

2: AD, LB etc, could be easily configured. Even DNS forwarding and redirections require just a few clicks.

3: Top-notch support from Microsoft. I have been in the escalation calls and very satisfied with the support.

What do you dislike?

1: Fine tuning is difficult here. In RHEL, fine-tuning a webserver is easy.

2: The access log files are really not in a format that could be easily understood. I had to use Visual log parser studio to debug logs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting websites on Intranet. For hosting websites built on the .NET framework. It integrates very well with Windows 2008R2 server.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Taylor P.</span>
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"Easiest way to host C# web applications."

What do you like best?

It is the easiest solution for hosting .NET applications. There is a lot of documentation provided by Microsoft.

What do you dislike?

It is hard to manage at scale. The configuration files are XML and fairly hidden. When things go wrong, it can be really hard to figure out what happened.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to read the documentation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using IIS is sort of a given if you are a .NET shop. There are other options (such as mono and apache), but IIS is the only well-supported solution. We have used Chef to automate the IIS setup, with removes a large portion of the day to day pain of using it.

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Architecture & Planning
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".NET Shops"

What do you like best?

Low learning curve, everything is point and click. Easier to setup than Apache/Tomcat(Java shops). Stacking different languages onto one box. Web Platform Installer is easy to install additional modules. Certificate installations are simple. Windows Authentication available for non secure sites. PHP support, works fine via FastCGI. Interface is mostly the same since 2008.

What do you dislike?

Logging & Debugging tools could be a bit better. Security could use improvements - IP & Domain restrictions & FTP. Doesn't have a SMTP module for it, unless you use IIS 6. No native Ruby support. Doesn't have any monitoring tools built-in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web Hosting, Scalability, Self Support, and Resource Consumption.

IIS 7.5 review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer
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"Stable platform for our web services"

What do you like best?

Has a full range of options to improve the responsiveness of our web sites. Easily configurable and empowers our organization. Also has improved WebDav and FTP modules and added the analyzer tool for application pools.

What do you dislike?

The lack of being able to bind SSL to hostnames rather than IP addresses.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solid extensible web server

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helped us improve the responsiveness of our websites with great reliability.

IIS 7.5 review by User in Restaurants
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"Microsoft always doing its best! Love IIS 7.5"

What do you like best?

I always loved IIS GUI(Graphical user interface). I had to train an intern on the deployment process, and it was so much easier to explain what to do thanks to the IIS GUI.

What do you dislike?

Except for the fact that it works only on Windows. I do not think there are any big cons to IIS. I have heard other colleagues complain about it hanging but never experienced it,

Recommendations to others considering the product

go for it! I would specifically recommend it to enterprises.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We deploy a lot of websites, security and creation of application pools through IIS has been really helpful

IIS 7.5 review by User in Computer Software
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"Amazing web server for my my projects. "

What do you like best?

I have a strong background in working with Asp.Net and using C# technologies so using IIS as the server for my projects has been a dream come through. It has several features that I have grown to love that make my ASP.NET web apps perform really well. Features such as automatic management of ASP.NET hosts where it recycles my AppDomain during idle times and reclaims server resources so that I can save alot when server doesn't have alot of load. It also has several security features that limits requests to prevent prevalent DDDOS attacks. Last but not least in these time having systems that can be deployed to say a production environment without down time is very important and IIS has support for this out of the box, so those are just a few of the reasons why I have grown to love it.

What do you dislike?

The main drawback I could say I have is some customizations are a bit trivial since it's not open source. So everything has to go through Microsoft or be restricted to their constraints and that can be a bit annoying. It's manageable though and Microsoft has started open sourcing alot of their stack so who knows if in the future this will also be open source so as much customizations and extensions can be written.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm running several ASP.NET web apps on Windows Azure via IIS Server and I have mainly benefited from it being very robust and having tons of built in features that make it production ready for very large web applications.

IIS 7.5 review by User in Printing
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"Stable, Reliable and the Best Webserver right out of the box"

What do you like best?

Great web server, stable, easy to administer and upgrade. The UI is easy to use and configure and has a good documentation.

What do you dislike?

A bit tricky sometime and has to reset to make it work again. Need to keep update to date on the patch to keep up on the security

Recommendations to others considering the product

When managing static pages IIS works the best but if you need to integrate with application servers, it need to be made sure there is a plugin that will support it otherwise it does not meet the need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Host both internal and external website and easy to maintain and the plugins are more affordable and configurable.

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Matthew H.</span>
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"Improved"

What do you like best?

Improvements over version six, new features for quick installation of common and popular expansions such as Perl and PHP

What do you dislike?

Not a lot of visual enhancements over the last version, still requires a larger portion window to use effectively.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Faster deployment of projects.

IIS 7.5 review by Executive Sponsor in Marketing and Advertising
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"Solid performance "

What do you like best?

Reliability and scalability. It's easy to use for simple tasks.

What do you dislike?

It is a little hard to navigate and not user friendly for new users.

Recommendations to others considering the product

robust product for Windows server environments

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

hosting multiple sites and applications on a single web server

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Mukesh D.</span>
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"Best in the business"

What do you like best?

IIS 7.5+ is the best in every aspect in Web hosting and applications world

What do you dislike?

Still not enough documentation, a lot more written about IIS in stakeoverflow etc

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multisite multi domain environment, integrates easily with CMS's like Episerver , Kentico

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Internet
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"IIS Hosting"

What do you like best?

Makes Administration relatively easy compared to servers like Nginx or APache2

What do you dislike?

Hard to automate copying of websites. Export and re-import is not simple

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great server. If you have the budget, its solid.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web site hosting

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Gaurav B.</span>
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"Server for all purpose"

What do you like best?

The fact that integration with visual studio is inbuilt and starting a project by default sets the configuration.

What do you dislike?

More help should be integrated within IIS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quickly up and running to show any small demos

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Decent role to add to server"

What do you like best?

Authentication and Handler mappings are pretty straight forward

What do you dislike?

Logging and server certificates seems like it could use some improvement

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Adding https sites to servers

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Food Production
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"Great software, easy to use"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use of the interface.

What do you dislike?

Some of the configuration gets into obscure XML editing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are running all of our intranet pages on it.

IIS 7.5 review by Consultant in Computer Hardware
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"Microsoft IIS"

What do you like best?

Continuity from previous versions of IIS.

What do you dislike?

It has a steep learning curve for new users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making a well integrated web site with ASP.NET services.

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Entertainment
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"Works as expected"

What do you like best?

URL authorization, request filtering and client certificate mapping are some very useful features on IIS 7.5

What do you dislike?

Does not support ASP.NET 4.5 and Centralized SSL certificate support

Recommendations to others considering the product

Upgrade to IIS 8.0

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting .NET applications on IIS. Easy to work with, URL rewriting has become easier. ISAPI filters are very useful

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Familiar IIS interface, most functions available in GUI form"

What do you like best?

Being able to adjust settings of my local web server using a GUI interface.

What do you dislike?

Copying settings to multiple services and having them match is difficult.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using IIS we allow people access to their email via an easy to use web interface with no setup needed on the user's end.

IIS 7.5 review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"MS IIS for web hosting"

What do you like best?

Integration with Windows helps a lot for users using Microsoft technology stack as the background.

What do you dislike?

The user interface can be improved to help beginners get a grasp of the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I deploy a lot of websites and helps a lot to keep up with timelines

IIS 7.5 review by <span>Michael M.</span>
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"Easy to get started with"

What do you like best?

Easy to get started by installing from the server manager

What do you dislike?

I'm more used to Apache and nginx so IIS seems clunky to me

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting a web server on Windows

IIS 7.5 review by User in Banking
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"Simple and easy to use web server"

What do you like best?

Easy to setup and get started, doesn't require a lot of configuration for the most common scenarios

What do you dislike?

Setup with MS SharePoint can be a major pain

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting of ASP.NET applications

IIS 7.5 review by User in Law Enforcement
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"IIS Review "

What do you like best?

Easy to configure. Access from anywhere.

What do you dislike?

To debug have to access the machine directly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Moving around files and folders. Web access to users and public.

IIS 7.5 review by User in Higher Education
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"Excellent and Reliable Server Software"

What do you like best?

IIS has always been very reliable software.

What do you dislike?

Hard to work with without Visual Studio.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Makes running internal web applications easier.

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