Overview of Windows Web Server 2008 Features
- Administer and configure your web application server easily.
- Deploy internet-accessible web pages, websites, web applications, web services, and POP3 mail serving.
- Manage one of the most reliable and flexible web platforms.
- Stay secure against all sorts of threats.
- Host a scalable web publishing platform.
- New and minimal Server Core installation to save resources by utilizing only command-line inputs.
- Take advantage of IIS 7.5 (Internet Information Services 7.5) technology.
Enhanced Web Hosting & Publishing
Improve hosting for dedicated and shared web servers with the new DNS Server role, which supports more secure web publishing standards. The integrated FTP and WebDAV capabilities aim to increase security as well, providing you a much safer web environment than ever before.
Server Core Installation
You have the ability to install Windows Server 2008 Web Server on a much smaller scale through Server Core. When this installation is selected, you don’t install a Windows Explorer, meaning that all maintenance and configuration is done via a command-line interface. It's also possible to control a Server Core installed machine remotely by using the Microsoft Management Console.
If you're not a fan of large operating systems, or simply want to use minimal resources for your Windows web server, the Server Core installation is perfect for you. The fewer applications and services running on your server, the better its performance will become. This also leads to less space, as a server installed with Server Core could potentially take up only 3GB of disk space according to Microsoft.
Windows PowerShell is the best friend of your administrators. Unlike other scripting languages you can find in Windows, it's designed to provide system administrators with more flexibility and better ways to perform powerful tasks. The amazing command-line scripting language opens up the door for more interactions which can't be done in a regular command environment, such as automating tasks, managing file systems, processes, the Registry, and much more.
Integrated Management Tools
Manage your web servers locally or remotely by utilizing tools such as the IIS Manager, and the new Windows PowerShell Web Administration module. Work with task-oriented IIS cmdlets with included support for the new Server Core installation. You can make configuration simple and easy through integrated Administration Pack modules, the new Best Practices Analyzer, and configuration logging.
The management of your Windows Server has never been easier. The new Server Manager gives you the ability to install, configure and remove server roles and features through a single interface. Get critical information about the status and configuration of your Windows server, and use tools for identifying issues, storage management, and general configuration.
The modular, extensible Internet Information Services 7.5 (IIS 7.5) platform allows you to deploy and host web applications and web services with added support for ASP.NET on Server Core. The reliability of your PHP applications can now be improved through FastCGI and the enhanced Failed Request Tracking feature.