Configuring ASP Applications (IIS 6.0)

You can set properties that control performance and other factors of the Active Server Pages (ASP) applications that you have installed on your Web server. For example, you can turn on the use of session state in the application or set the default scripting language. Application properties apply to all ASP pages in the application unless you directly override the property on an individual page. You can also set these properties in the metabase. If the property in the metabase conflicts with the property you set in the property sheet then the last property setting overrides.


To help minimize the attack surface of IIS, IIS 6.0 is not installed on Windows Server 2003 by default. When you first install IIS 6.0, it is locked down -- which means that only request handling for static Web pages is enabled, and only the World Wide Web Publishing Service (WWW service) is installed. None of the features that sit on top of IIS are turned on, including ASP, ASP.NET, CGI scripting, FrontPageŽ 2002 Server Extensions from Microsoft, and WebDAV publishing. If you do not enable these features, IIS returns a 404 error. You can enable these features through the Web Service Extensions node in IIS Manager. For more information about how to troubleshoot 404 errors and other issues, see Troubleshooting in IIS 6.0.

In This Section

This section includes the following information:

Enabling Session State Persistence: Describes how to enable session state persistence for ASP applications.

Enabling Buffering: Describes how to enable buffering for an ASP application.

Enabling Parent Paths: Describes how to enable parent paths.

Changing the Default ASP Language: Describes how to change the default ASP language.

Setting the ASP Script Timeout: Describes how to change the ASP script timeout.

Configuring ASP Template Caching: Describes how to change the settings for caching ASP script files and how to create a disk cache directory.

Related Information

For information about side-by-side assemblies, see What's New in ASP.

For information about NTFS and Web site permissions, see Securing Files with NTFS Permissions and Securing Sites with Web Site Permissions.

For information about changing ASP configuration options programmatically, see Metabase Property Reference.

For more information about pooling applications, see Configuring Application Pools in IIS 6.0.

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