Windows Server 2008, with Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), provides a security-enhanced, easy-to-manage platform for developing and reliably hosting Web applications and services. More than just a Web server, IIS 7.0 is a major enhancement to the Windows Web platform and plays a central role in unifying Microsoft Web platform technologies—ASP.NET, Windows Communication Foundation Web services, and Windows SharePoint Services.
The Windows Server 2008 Web and Applications platform helps to enable more efficient deployment and management, greater performance, higher security, and more customizable Web applications and services.
Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0)
IIS 7.0 offers new capabilities that dramatically improve the way Web solutions are developed, deployed, and managed. Enhancements available in IIS 7.0 include:
Simplify development, deployment, and configuration of Web applications and services.
Reduce administrative costs by managing Web infrastructures more efficiently.
Minimize patching and security risks with fine-grained control over Web server footprints.
Implement powerful Web solutions rapidly with a new extensibility framework.
Reduce downtime by quickly resolving faulty applications.
To learn more, please visit the Internet Information Services (IIS) Web site.
New Application Server Role
Application Server is an expanded server role in Windows Server 2008. With completely new functionality, the Application Server role provides an integrated environment for deploying and running custom business applications that are built with Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0. Organizations with Line of Business (LOB) applications, including legacy applications, that require Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, Message Queuing, COM+, or distributed transactions may discover that setting up a hosting environment for these applications is simpler with the new Application Server role.
To learn more, please visit the Windows Server 2008 Technical Library: Application Server Web page.
Windows Media Services 2008
Windows Media Services is a supported installation option for Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008. Windows Media Services 2008 is an industrial-strength platform for streaming live or on-demand audio and video content to clients over the Internet or an intranet. With Windows Media Services 2008, you can stream high-quality content to:
Computers or devices that play the content using a player, such as Windows Media Player.
Computers running Windows Media Services that proxy, cache, or redistribute your content.
Custom applications that have been developed using the Windows Media Software Development Kit (SDK).
Windows Media Services provides the ultimate fast-streaming experience, dynamic programming for quick and personalized content delivery, and an industrial-strength platform that helps ensure ease of administration, customization, and scalability.
To learn more, please visit the Windows Media Services 2008 Web site.