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The Internet Information Services (IIS) web server is distributed as a component of Windows Server OS and ensures a secure, easy-to-manage and extensible platform for hosting websites, services, and applications. CirrusGrid provides version 8.0 of this server with the embedded ASP.NET 4.5 support. IIS also includes various modules for security, filtering, caching, compression, redirects and logging.

Here is the list of main benefits you can achieve by using IIS:

  • Microsoft’s .NET framework and ASPX scripts support
  • audio and video content streaming with the help of default media pack modules
  • in-depth diagnostic tools such as failed request tracing, request monitoring and runtime data

To get the IIS application server at CirrusGrid, simply follow the instruction below.

IIS 8 at CirrusGrid #

  1. Log in to your CirrusGrid dashboard and click the New environment button.iis8 new env

  2. In the opened Environment Topology window select the .NET language tab, where the IIS 8 application server will be picked by default as the only available one currently. Then set the amount of allocated and available resources for it, enable the Public IP option if needed, edit the environment name (e.g. type iis-server) and click on Create.iis8 env wiz

The availability of the .NET programming language tab at your topology wizard depends on your hosting provider’s settings.

In a few minutes your environment will be created and will appear at the dashboard.iis8 env created

As a result, you’ll receive an email with credentials and data for establishing the RDP connection to your remote IIS desktop, where you can perform the additional server configurations.

4. Now, if you use the Open in browser button, the IIS8 welcome page will be opened.iis8 iis welcome 1

Give it a try, explore, experience the benefits and enjoy. Also, check out our .NET Project Management guide, which contains the details on .NET applications deployment workflow (both manual package deployment and publishing a project directly from the Visual Studio using the WebDeploy tool).

Note: due to the beta stage of .NET hosting support, currently the deployment from VCS remote repositories and Environment Export & Import feature are not available for Windows-based containers. This functionality will be added in the nearest future.

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