Installing IIS in Windows® XP Home Edition
Things to consider while Installing IIS in Windows® XP Home Edition
IIS or Internet Information Services is a web server application developed by Microsoft®. It was formerly known as Internet Information Server. It is a suite of tools for creating, managing and securing websites that is included in XP. IIS is built on modular architecture. The different modules included in it are HTTP, security, content, compression, catching, logging, and diagnostic modules. The IIS offers high security. The IIS version designed for Windows® XP Home Edition has limited functions as compared with their server versions. For installing IIS in Windows® XP Home Edition the CD of Windows® XP is needed. By selecting ‘Add or Remove’ option in the Control Panel, IIS services can be installed. When installing the IIS in your Windows® XP Home Edition, several issues might occur like error message or connection issues.
Certain things are to be kept in mind before installing IIS in your Windows® XP Home Edition. Some of them are:
- Copy error
- Do not install certain componentsUse IIS debug tools
When installing IIS in an affected system, you need to specify the path. You might receive an error message even after specifying the path. Make sure that you have inserted the Windows® XP CD in the drive selected below or provide the location where the disk is found. This might occur because the secedit.sdb file gets damaged. To overcome this, create a back of the secedit.sdb file.
Do not install certain components
From security point of view, there might be some risks when certain IIS components are installed. It is better to avoid installing certain IIS components which are used as special communication protocol, used to configure and monitor IIS using WWW pages and components used for developing web application. Some of them are FrontPage 2000 Server Extension, Internet Service Manager and Visual InterDev RADRemote Deployment Support.
There are some IIS debug tools which helps you to detect which request caused IIS to hang or crash. It also helps you to detect which request does not respond in the expected time period. The IIS toolkit includes two tools. One is IIS crash or hang agent which tracks all the requests that you have send and the requests which are under processing. The other one is IIS Dump which collects all the information on hang.