[2003-11-17] Introduction to IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003
Welcome to the first installment of Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. I have decided to write this series of articles aimed at Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 as both a refresher for the IT professional that is familiar with designing and administrating IIS 4 and 5 as well as allowing some of the newcomers to the service to get their feet wet so to speak.

[2003-11-17] Introduction to IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 - Part 2
Welcome to the second installment of Internet Information Services 6.0 on Windows Server 2003. I have decided to write this series of articles aimed at Internet Information Services 6 on Windows Server 2003 as both a refresher for the IT professional that is familiar with designing, deploying and administering IIS 4 and 5 as well as allowing some of the newcomers to IIS services regardless of version to get their feet wet so to speak.

[2003-11-13] Authentication in IIS
We often think about security measures as ways of protecting resources by preventing access to them. The need for authentication arises because, in the real world, keeping people out of protected areas is only half the battle. Authentication is about letting certain people (or processes) in, while keeping everyone else out. In practice, this usually means some people are going to have to be given secrets (passwords) that will form part of the credentials they need to present in order to gain access to protected resources. But since, as the old saying goes, the best way to keep a secret is not to, the distribution and exchange of access-providing secrets inevitably raises the level of risk to a secure system. A major goal of authentication, from a security point of view, is minimizing that risk - especially when users are being authenticated remotely, over publicly-accessible networks. Authentication is the process of poking minimally risky holes in one's security.

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