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IIS 4 Introduction


You can only use Index Server on Windows NT. If you have installed IIS on Windows 95, then you have to upgrade it to Windows NT.


Windows Scripting Host (WSH) enables scripts to be executed directly on the Windows desktop or command console, without the need to embed those scripts in an HTML document. These VBScript or JScript can be run directly from the desktop simply by clicking a script file, or from the command console. Windows Scripting Host provides a low-memory scripting host that is ideal for non-interactive scripting needs such as logon scripting, administrative scripting, and machine automation.

WSH can then be used to change the port of 200 web sites quickly, for example. If you have two locations, then the VBScript need to run form both locations.


HTML Administration will enable an administrator to administrate his/her web site on the road using a Windows 95 laptop. Internet Service Manager (ISM) will not be available unless you install it on a laptop with Windows NT Workstation or Server 4.0.

A Remote Procedure Call (RPC) is a standard that allows one process to make calls to functions that are executed in another process. The process can be on the same computer or on a different computer in the network. If you are behind a firewall and want to administer an IIS server with HTMLA, the firewall will need to let through the RPC Listening Port.


IIS configuration parameters are kept in a memory-resident data store called the IIS metabase.The metabase is stored in a special format file <WINNT_ROOT>\SYSTEM32\INETSRV\METABASE.BIN. To relocate, or rename the file, you will need to stop IIS, move or rename the file and add a key named MetadataFile at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InetMgr\Parameter. The REG_SZ value should be the complete path of the metabase file including the drive letter and file name.

MMC Snap-In, Index Server and Site Server settings are not stored in the Metabase.

Key Metabase entries are:

Review the WINS, DNS, LMHOST, and HOST files.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003