Active Server - Reap New Benefits With ASP.NET And IIS 6.0 (ASP.NET 1.0+)

As you know, ASP.NET works quite well with IIS 5.0, but with the recent release of Windows Server 2003, IIS 6.0 comes with even tighter integration with .NET. This results in better performance and reliability. In particular, here are some of the key benefits of upgrading to IIS 6.0:

  • With IIS 6.0, ASP.NET has fully caching capabilities, including the ability to cache complete responses. And this can improve performance in a big way. In addition, whereas ASP.NET and IIS 5.0 communicated through the proxy process of ASPNET_WP.EXE, under IIS 6.0, ASP.NET now runs completely in-process with IIS. As far as reliability is concerned, IIS 6.0 includes better and more complete application isolation capabilities than its predecessor. Lastly, IIS 6.0 and ASP.NET are more tightly integrated to detect deadlocking and other problems that indicate the need for process recycling, resulting in better overall responsiveness and reliability.

Obviously, upgrading your Web server isn't a simple decision; it's one in which you have to consider many different factors. But IIS 6.0 offers several key improvements which might be just the incentive you need.

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