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IIS is the #1 ranked solution in our list of top Application Server tools. It is most often compared to NGINX Plus: IIS vs NGINX Plus

What is IIS?
Internet Information Services (IIS) provides a secure, easy-to-manage, modular and extensible platform for reliably hosting websites, services and applications. With IIS, you get choice and control without giving up reliability or security.

IIS is also known as Windows Server IIS.

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Senior System Administrator at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
A stable solution for our customer's websites or internal applications

Pros and Cons

  • "This is definitely a stable solution."
  • "The areas of this solution that need improvement are monitoring, debugging, and troubleshooting."

What is our primary use case?

We are a system integrator and this is one of the solutions that we assist our customers with. Our customers are primarily government departments, agencies, and ministries. These organizations are not very comfortable with using the cloud, so the majority of deployments are on-premises.

This solution is used for the customer's website or internal applications.

What needs improvement?

The areas of this solution that need improvement are monitoring, debugging, and troubleshooting. Having the monitoring as standard on the user interface would be nice.

There needs to be an easy way to escalate technical support issues beyond level one, quickly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for more than fifteen years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is definitely a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is neither here nor there. You can say it's scalable, but it's an open-ended question because you have to consider whether you can host an application or product for country-wide use. I'd like to say no, but it can be used as part of a scalable infrastructure.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contacted technical support, albeit rarely. I would rate them a six out of ten. It is not that they are slow to reply, but rather they are slow when it comes to understanding the problem. They often repeat the diagnostic steps that we have already performed.

The first level of support is not very good because by the time we speak with them, we are already past that point. This is because we do have experience and we can often solve the problems that are easy, or of medium-level difficulty. Consequently, if we have to open a support request then the problem is already difficult or complicated. We need to be able to escalate quickly. This is true in most cases, and the delay comes about because of the entry-level support people.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In addition to this solution, we have worked with Apache Tomcat for Linux.

The choice of solution is dictated by the customer's requirements. If it is a Java application then we need to use Tomcat or Apache. If it's a .NET application in use then you need to use the IIS. It isn't a personal choice, or whether one is better than the other. Rather, it is about the application.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of this solution is very easy. The deployment takes between thirty minutes and two hours, maximum.

Usually, it will take one or two people to maintain this solution, including the website, if the whole infrastructure is Microsoft.

What about the implementation team?

We implement and deploy this solution for our customers. We have an internal technical team for this.

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I can recommend.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
DevOps at a comms service provider with 11-50 employees
Real User
A stable, somewhat scalable solution that needs lots of training when elements are upgraded

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is the easiest way to publish applications which have been designed by older development tools."
  • "The scalability depends on how you have set it up. If you're running IIS on a single server, it might not be as capable as if you are on many in a cluster or with load balancing and so on."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution for a publishing website.

What is most valuable?

The solution is the easiest way to publish applications which have been designed by older development tools.

What needs improvement?

Different parameters in this product can be a bit difficult. As soon as you introduce something new, and especially in the Microsoft environment, you always need to do new training sessions to understand what are new functionalities are. Finding the correct options are not more intuitive, and it should be.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution pretty much since it was first released.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability depends on how you have set it up. If you're running IIS on a single server, it might not be as capable as if you are on many in a cluster or with load balancing and so on.

How are customer service and technical support?

We don't a contact for technical support, so I mostly have to cross my fingers and hope that nothing goes wrong.

How was the initial setup?

I wasn't around for the initial setup, but I can say that we started fairly simple, and it's grown more and more complex as time has gone on.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model.

The solution is stable, it is working, and you can do a lot with this, but it is not my favorite product. I would prefer to use something that was open-source instead. I would rate it seven out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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ITCS user
Systems Analyst/DBA at Vecima Networks
Real User
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For us it's a lightweight web host that is easy to configure for simple webpages

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a lightweight web host that is easy to configure for simple webpages."
  • "Finding different settings can be difficult if you don't know where to look."

How has it helped my organization?

It allowed us to set up and use a Windows Server we had in place already to host our internal web page.

What is most valuable?

It is a lightweight web host that is easy to configure for simple webpages.

What needs improvement?

Finding different settings can be difficult if you don't know where to look.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability seems good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have not needed to scale out with it, as we use it for very lightweight things.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not needed to contact technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have tried other tools (such as Apache), and found that IIS is more stable and easier on the memory for low resource systems.

How was the initial setup?

Initial setup is straightforward for a basic setup (e.g. one host hosting HTTP traffic), but can get more complicated the more features you want to add (e.g. Windows Authentication, HTTPs, web farm, etc.).

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is licensed with your Windows installation which makes it relatively cheap if you already have a Windows Server sitting around.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Apache, but found that IIS was easier to set up for what we wanted.

What other advice do I have?

Give it a shot. The features are included for free with Windows, so test it out. If you are unhappy, it is easy to disable and switch to a different solution.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Solutions Architect at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
​It needs a more compact configuration, but the clustering feature is valuable.

What is most valuable?

  • Clustering
  • Application isolation

What needs improvement?

It needs a more compact configuration.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used it for one year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It depends on the load of the server, but we have not had an issue.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I've not used customer service.

Technical Support:

I've not used technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We switched because of the nature of the application and technology.

How was the initial setup?

I always design my systems simple and keep them simple as possible.

What about the implementation team?

We implemented it with in-house team. We like to keep the knowledge in-house.

What was our ROI?

It was crucial and it definitely paid off.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Keep the systems simple. Try to work with open-source solutions and pay for technical support and subscription to support the projects.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes, I always and regularly evaluate. In case of Java we evaluated all applications servers which support JEE full profile.

What other advice do I have?

I was using Apache Tomcat, JBoss AS (RedHat), WebMethods (Software AG) and IIS (Microsoft). All of them have they specialities, but depending on the goals and purpose it’s quiet easy to make a choice. Products based on Microsoft .NET do not give companies lot of options; either with Server Operating System shipped IIS, or the developer version called IIS Express. Applications written in Java, n opposite, can be accommodated on several fully profiled or non-fully-profiled application or web servers.

Only have one application per server if possible. Do not over complicate it, and keep the variance in the configuration simple as possible.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Senior System Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Authentication for network appliances became easy to do but the monitoring needs improvement

What is most valuable?

Easy to set-up Good to maintain

How has it helped my organization?

This made the security set-up easier and authentication simplified.

What needs improvement?

Logging Monitoring

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft NPS for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered but always gor for two machines as one isn't enough and isn't fault redundant.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Haven't needed it yet. Technical Support: Haven't needed it yet.

Which solution did I use previously and

What is most valuable?

  • Easy to set-up
  • Good to maintain

How has it helped my organization?

This made the security set-up easier and authentication simplified.

What needs improvement?

  • Logging
  • Monitoring

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used Microsoft NPS for four years.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No issues encountered.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No issues encountered but always gor for two machines as one isn't enough and isn't fault redundant.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

Haven't needed it yet.

Technical Support:

Haven't needed it yet.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, we used RSA Radius. It was very hard to maintain and outdated.

How was the initial setup?

Straightforward, it's a feature of Windows Server and a basic knowledge of the radius principles are enough.

What about the implementation team?

In-house implementation.

What was our ROI?

Pretty good. Authentication for network appliances, load balancing products and wireless devices became easy to do.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It came with the Microsoft contract.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No, we were unhappy with RSA Radius so we went for the 'free' solution.

What other advice do I have?

It has many features, make sure they satisfy your needs.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
ITCS user
Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
IIS is a reliable Web Server

Valuable Features:

IIS in windows 2003 onwards has become more secure by allowing the users to choose only the required components / features to install thereby reducing the surface area. High performance and stability by isolating worker processes, application pools. Essential for products like Exchange and SharePoint. Comes with Windows OS, no separate licenses.

Room for Improvement:

Can be difficult to set up for new users and complex to troubleshoot.

Other Advice:

IIS is a reliable and secure product, works very well along side other components such as SQL and dotnet.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
it_user2589
IT Administrator at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
MS IIS- A good web server

Valuable Features:

1. It is Microsoft product that is easy to use and to host local and public websites. 2. Unfamiliar users can work on this product. No license required because it is integrated with the OS. 3. IIS has the ability to limit the bandwidth of your web pages. 4. If the application crashes then the server and other applications continue to run and the failed application restarts the next time with the request.

Room for Improvement:

1. It is not compatible with other platforms due to limitations. 2. Users can not change the source code as per the requirements because source code is not editable. 3. Compatibility issue with other applications.
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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