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Managing Web Server Modules in Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0

Summary

The modular architecture of IIS 7.0 Web server provides the foundation for many key production scenarios, enabling you to build low-footprint specialized servers and leverage rich add-on functionality provided by end-to-end extensibility. Though traditionally the domain of developers, managing Web server extensibility becomes a central IT theme in IIS 7.0, providing both opportunities and challenges for the administrator. Armed with the right know-how, you can effectively leverage the modularity of the server to achieve your business goals today with built-in IIS 7.0 features and when you take advantage of Microsoft or third-party modules to enhance your server in the future.

In the next two chapters, we will cover the extensibility model exposed by the configuration system, the administration stack, and IIS Manager, which complete the end-to-end extensibility picture for the server.