IIS.Where do I get it?

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    IIS.Where do I get it?

    I bought myself a Visual Studio.net IDE. I work with VB.net .
    Now,the book which I'm using to learn this new language says that in order to create Web Applications,I need IIS (Internet Information Server).They say that it is available in the Win2000 CD.
    My computer has Win XP loaded and does not have IIS.I visited Microsoft Webpage,but it is not available for downloading there.
    Now where can I get this IIS. I hope I will receive useful answers.Thanx in advance.

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    i think it might be on the xp cd under install additional but not sure. I know that win2k cd has it. Where are u located i have a copy i can give u if its US.

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    Thanks a lot for the help,but I'm in India.

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    It is on the XP Pro version installation CD, I don't think it is on the Home edition, but you can probably get an add-on pack for Home which adds products for a price.

    If you just want a web server, there are a lot of free ones, many better than IIS. Search Download. I use the Windows version of Apache - runs great, and a lot less security trouble than IIS.
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    If you have Windows XP Home, they're no chance. If you got Pro or 2000, just pop in the CD and you're good to go. You can't use Apache for ASP.NET. You must use IIS.

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    >>> You can't use Apache for ASP.NET. You must use IIS.

    ... or not use ASP.NET.
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    Oh my!
    I do need to use ASP.net and ADO.net. Any idea which free server is the most powerful?

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    Well, if...

    >>> You must use IIS.

    ... is true, and...

    >>> If you have Windows XP Home, they're no chance.

    ... is true, and...

    >>> you can probably get an add-on pack for Home which adds products for a price.

    ... is false, then you need to get XP Pro don't you.
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    Originally posted by Speedy5
    If you have Windows XP Home, they're no chance.
    Not true, I have IIS 5 running fine on WinXP home.

    As long as you have a copy of Win 2K, from which to get the IIS files, it's relatively easy to set up IIS on WinXP home (it involves a bit of fiddling). It would also be very easy (a quick Google search confirms this, to get the required IIS files from the net, but of course I don't endorse this practice as it's wholly illegal).

    I legally own both the Windows XP Home and the Windows 2000 Professional licenses, so I can't see that I'm breaking any laws.

    If you have access to a Windows 2000 CD (legally, I hope), then I can provide instructions as to how to set up IIS on Windows XP Home, just ask. Failing that, it's probably cheaper to upgrade to Windows XP Professional, rather than go out and get Windows 2000 just for IIS.

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    I find it hard to believe MS do not sell an upgrade disk to add these sort of things to the Home edition.
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    Now wait a minute. I may not be understanding something.

    I thought that if you want to program or run .NET applications, you need the .NET framework.

    IIS allows you to run ASP, not ASP.NET

    Is this not true? Is IIS also needed for .NET?

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    IIS allows you to run ASP, not ASP.NET
    WaltP, I am afraid that isnt the case.
    IIS is required to run ASP.net applications.
    And rahaydenuk, I was using WIN98 before upgrading to XP Home.
    Adrian, there is no CD available(atleast over here) that can provide only IIS. The closest thing is a CD with additional crap which have better freeware counterparts such as FTP agents,Telnet goodies etc.(All this for a pretty hefty price)
    Isnt there anyway I can get ASP.net pages to run without IIS or get IIS for a reasonable price?

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    Originally posted by bookworm
    Isnt there anyway I can get ASP.net pages to run without IIS or get IIS for a reasonable price?
    The community-developed 'ASP.NET Web Matrix Project' (http://www.asp.net/webmatrix/) is free and provides a light-weight (i.e. for testing or very low hit rate sites only) ASP.NET-capable web server for Win2K or either of the XP operating systems.

    Other than that, you'd need to get a copy of Win2K or WinXP Prof, which has IIS on it. Or, alternatively, you could download a Win2K service pack and you may be able to extract the required IIS files out of there, but naturally I do not condone this, as it is illegal. Just providing you with all of the options.

    Originally posted by WaltP
    Now wait a minute. I may not be understanding something.

    I thought that if you want to program or run .NET applications, you need the .NET framework.

    IIS allows you to run ASP, not ASP.NET

    Is this not true? Is IIS also needed for .NET?
    You need either IIS version 5 (comes with Win2K), version 5.1 (comes with WinXP Prof) or version 6, whicih comes with .NET server to support ASP.NET. You also need .NET framework installed and the aspnet_client files in IIS with the correct filters setup. Other than adding a local directory and filters to the IIS master properties, .NET does nothing else with IIS besides handshaking. Once IIS matches the .NET filter with the request, the request is passed over to .NET and it takes care of the rest.

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    IIS is only needed on the server ASP.NET computer (the one that serves the asp.net pages). In order to view ASP.NET pages you don't need IIS and in fact, you don't need .NET Framework. However, if you want to run .NET apps, you need the Framework, but not IIS.

    > I find it hard to believe MS do not sell an upgrade disk to add these sort of things to the Home edition.

    Well believe it, thats why they have the Professional edition. Home is designed for home users who don't need a fully-fledged web server. If for some chance they needed one: Apache, etc. If you want to develop apps, you are a proffessional user and therefore you would get the advanced features with Professional.

    I used to have Home but I couldn't figure out how to get IIS on it. The directions on several sites didn't work so when I bought this new computer, I got Pro on it right away, $30 more, no biggy.

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