10 Hot Topics Every IT Admin Needs to Know about Windows Server 2008 R2 – Part 1: IIS
A special video presentation and discussion of some of the hottest features and functionality included in Windows Server 2008 R2, direct from seasoned Microsoft experts Matt Hester and Chris Henley. Enjoy!
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Sample Video Excerpt:
The following is just a small excerpt of what’s in Part 1 of this series video.
Alright, wake up just a little bit. I realize it is 4:30. I think they put Matt and I in this spot because they wanted us to wake you up before your evening was actually over. My name is Chris Henley. This is Matt Hester, my co-presentor, co-worker, co-author and one of my best friends. During the course of the next seventy-five minutes [of videos] we are going to read every page of the book Matt Hester is showing to you. Five hundred and thirty nine pages from now you will know at least 10 things every IT Pro should know about administration.
Unfortunately, we don’t have time in seventy five minutes to cover all of those topics. Instead what we’ve done is gone through and picked out what we think are ten of the hottest topics that are out there from the IT world and we will focus on those topics over the course of the next seventy-five minutes. We will also give you some insights as to where you might go to find additional information about those topics, dig a little deeper during the course of the sessions.
You can see contact information for both of us here on the top of the slide. I promise if you e-mail me I will not email you back on the same day. In fact if you e-mail me, I promise I will probably not email you back in the same week that you e-mail me. Now, Matt will do that job. He will e-mail you back the same day. We have a different level of service, he and I. :) Blog addresses are also there for both of us. It is of no small coincidence at that you are here and we are here. Matt and I have spent the better part of the last decade working on Windows Server, learning intricate details and sometimes not so intricate details about the operations of this product. Both of us love it, know it very well and hopefully have some good insights to share with you today.
The ten key topics that we’re going to discuss are listed here. From IIS maintenance, direct access, IPv6, Active Directory, we’ll tackle Remote Desktop, Server Core, Powershell, Hyper-V and hopefully by the time we’re done you’ll have a better understanding and maybe some cool tips and tricks about how to work with each one of those. Let’s go ahead and kick things off with a discussion of some of the cool stuff that you’ll see with IIS.
Alright, did any of you watch the Olympics on the NBC website earlier this year? Did you know that’s its backend was IIS? Did you know IIS can stream media like that?
This is one of the great things about IIS folks: it’s catching up. It’s catching up as a webplatform of choice… now able to do things like the streaming media you just saw, but we’re also starting to do things a lot easier to make it easier to administer. We’ve gotten rid of all the metadata files; now it’s all XML and shared configuration, so making changes across an entire farm is a lot easier to do. More importantly, we’ve included PHP support.
Now, I know a lot of you out there just went “ya, you had it [PHP] in IIS 4.0, and it sucked”, right? “It was slow, it didn’t work right”. Well folks, if you haven’t gone back to take a look at it recently, especially with IIS 7 and well, technically, it’s called IIS7.5 – you want to! The performance has gotten better. We actually support PHP now inside of Windows Server 2008 R2 pretty natively. In fact, in some cases, the PHP apps might actually run faster that what you might be running on an Apache server, for example, today.
That statement always brings up a great question: “Why would you run IIS”? Well, if you are a Microsoft shop or if you have Microsoft infrastructure, or you have Active Directory; when you look at some of the combinations around security, management and centralizability with your farm, having that one Web platform has some advantages for you; namely some time savings…… [end of excerpt, be sure to view the video for the full scoop]
Be sure to view the video in entirety for great insights from Matt & Chris, and check back frequently for the next segment in the series.