New Log Reporting, Database Management, and other cool admin modules for IIS 7

Found this post over on ScottGu's blog today, highlights some of the new featuresof IIS7. Man, I can wait to play with this!

From Scotts blog:

One of the core priorities we focused on when building IIS 7 was to enable a rich .NET extensibility model that provides developers with the hooks to easily plug-in and extend the web server. 

These extensibility hooks are provided in the web-server pipeline (enabling scenarios like the new IIS7 Bit Rate Throttler), within the configuration system (enabling developers to create new web.config schema settings), within the health monitoring system (enabling developers to add custom trace events), and within the admin tool (enabling developers to plug-in new admin UI modules).

We added these extensibility hooks so that anyone can easily extend and enhance the web server using .NET.  We also selfishly wanted them so that we can ship regular feature packs that add additional features to the core web server.

IIS 7 Admin Pack Preview 1 Released

Last week the IIS team shipped the first technical preview of some really cool administration modules that I think web developers will find super useful.  This preview adds several new features to the IIS7 Admin Tool:

  • Database Manager: Built-in SQL Server database management, including the ability to create, delete, and edit tables and indexes, create/edit SPROCs and execute custom queries.  Because it is integrated in the IIS administration tool it all works over HTTP/SSL - which means you can use the module to remotely manage your hosted applications (even with low-cost shared hosting accounts), without having to expose your database directly on the Internet.

  • Log Reports: Built-in report visualization with charting support for log files data.  Full range selection and custom chart creation is supported, as well as the ability to print or save reports.  Like the database manager you can use this module remotely over HTTP/SSL - which means it works in remote shared hosting scenarios.

  • Configuration Editor: This is a power module that provides complete control over editing all web.config settings within the admin tool.  You can configure it to track the changes you make using the UI and have it auto-generate configuration change scripts that you can then save and tweak to re-run later in an automated way.

  • Request Filtering UI: This admin module provides more control over the new request filtering feature in IIS7.  Check out Carlos' blog post here for details on how to use it.

  • .NET Authorization: This admin module provides a custom authorization rules editor which allows you to more easily manage the ASP.NET <authorization> configuration section.

  • FastCGI UI: This admin module provides more support for editing all the new <fastCGI> settings (for when you use FastCGI modules with IIS7 like PHP).

Read more on Scotts Blog (with screenshots!) 

Posted Apr 26 2008, 09:01 PM by dacrowlah
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