With more and more applications moving to a web model, organizations need a web platform they can rely on, that can scale as needed, and is easy to manage. The web platform delivered by Windows Server 2012 is suitable for companies of all sizes – for hosters, as well as enterprises – and can run applications for internal or external usage. Internet Information Services 8 (IIS 8) has improved in several areas in order to meet the needs for high density websites, high performance applications and configuration consistency while embracing web standards. Windows Sever 2012 delivers improvements in:
- IIS Scale. Windows Server 2012 provides many improvements in configuration optimization and application initialization that help make applications available quicker.- Quality of Service. Windows Server 2012 delivers the best Quality of Service (QoS) for web applications such as CPU Throttling, Dynamic IP restrictions and FTP logon attempts.- Certificate Management and Deployment. The new Centralized Certificate Store makes it easy to add a new server in a farm and have different sites running https automatically recover their certificates.- Shared Configuration. Improvements and tools that help ensure consistent configuration across web farms.
After completing this course — through a series of videos and whitepapers — you will have a detailed understanding of how Windows Server 2012 enables you to provide high performance web applications and consistent web configurations while embracing web standards.
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This module covers improvements in Windows Server 2012 which respond to the need for scalability of web applications. We will cover how IIS 8 can scale up with the support of NUMA (Non Uniform Memory Access) architecture. We will also cover improvements in configuration optimization and application initialization that helps reduce the amount of time needed between the start of an IIS server and the availability of the applications it serves.
When running or hosting a web application, Quality of Service (QoS) is most likely a critical concern. This module covers the improvements made in Windows Server 2012 to deliver the best Quality of Service for web applications such as CPU Throttling, Dynamic IP restrictions and FTP logon attempts.
In this module, we will explore the certificate management improvements in IIS 8. We will cover how the new Centralized Certificate Store makes it easy to add a new server in a farm and have different sites running https automatically recover their certificates. We will also see how SNI (Server Name Indication), usually called hostnames for SSL, combined with the Centralized Certificate Store, makes it easier for hosters to provide secure websites to their customers.
When you have to host or manage several web applications, it is important to have the tools that enable consistency and repeatability. Windows Server 2012 introduces an IIS 8 feature called Shared Configuration that helps ensure consistent configuration across web farms. In addition, Microsoft has also introduced the Configuration Editor, which provides a visual method to edit web configurations and create repeatable actions.
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