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Three IIS Concepts ASP.NET Developers Should Know

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It’s possible to do a lot of work with ASP.NET and not know anything about IIS, particularly if you work with a large team where IT specialists keep the riff-raff away from production web applications. Ever since Visual Studio started shipping its own web server1, many people don’t rely on IIS for day to day development work (although many of us still do).

For those of you who are just learning how to deploy in IIS, or those of you who need a refresher, I put together a short and free Pluralsight screen cast on IIS: Web Sites, Applications, and Virtual Directories in IIS

This is one video in a collection of screencasts from Pluralsight.

1) Some people call the web server “Cassini”. Other people call it the “WebDev” server. Still others call it “the web thingy that sits in my system tray”, even though Windows doesn’t have a system tray, but whatever. If you worked with the first release of Visual Studio, you’ll know we’ve come a long way from running as an administrator with Front Page Extensions installed and the IDE trying to force all of our code to live underneath inetpub\wwwroot <shudder />.

joey Thursday, July 2, 2009
Should clarify that you're covering IIS 7 ...
Scott Thursday, July 2, 2009
@Joey - that's right. The management UI is different in previous versions, but the concepts still apply.
Paul Batum Sunday, July 5, 2009
Nice video Scott. I like short, extremely clear videos that do their utmost to see that the viewers time is not wasted, and I think this video was a great example of that.
scott Sunday, July 5, 2009
Thanks, Paul!
Gravatar Don Draper Thursday, November 12, 2009
Love IIS 7 under Windows but we have to change IIS to enable 32-bit apps due to using a Chilkat 32-bit DLL in Visual Studio 2008. Now Visual Studio uses WebDev.Webserver rather than IIS which is buggy. Most breakpoint are no longer hit when debugging. We are forced to start the applicaiton in a browser, then attached VS to the w3wp.exe process. What a pain!

Is it possible to force Visual Studio to use IIS when debugging rather than WebDev when in 32-bit mode on a 64bit OS?
Gravatar scott Tuesday, November 17, 2009
@don: i'm not sure.
Gravatar JP Thursday, November 19, 2009
hi there, Im new using ASP and IIS and I have a silly question :)

Im developing a web site which should be authenticated using windows authentication (the usual ugly window asking user and password) but Im dont know how to set the ISS settings/web config in order to pop up the login prompt once the user open up the page. Is there any examplo or tutorial to follow and figure it out? tx
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