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On 16/07/10 20:16, Simon Waters wrote: > > Rob Beard wrote: >> >> I was under the impression that IIS was included in Windows although it >> still baffles me why anyone puts enough trust in something like this >> running on Windows. > > As commented else where, included with doesn't mean licensed. IIS needs > licences for authenticated users, which seems to be a perverse incentive IIRC it's more that unauthenticated web connections are exempt from Microsoft's requirement for each connecting device/user to have a CAL. > not to integrate your application with the ADS service. I wonder if you > do your own authentication if that counts. AFAIK Microsoft would say you need a CAL regardless of how you did such authentication regardless even if what web server you used. >> Maybe it's just me but with my experience of Windows Servers and having >> to schedule updates at stupid o'clock (working in radio, scheduling >> playout system server reboots in a 15 minute window between ads >> playing) was frustrating to say the least, especially when I wasn't >> being paid for it! > > Apart from their bizarre ability to "just go wrong" I find Windows > servers infinitely more appealing than Windows Desktop machines. If I > had a choice of which to replace first..... > > Sat down on Tuesday to do a simple test of a website in IE8, and two > hours later I was still upgrading software on the box. > > Worse it occurred to me in between reboots, that the providers of > Windows software actually have developed perverse incentives not to make > Windows update nicely. They want to run their own updaters so they get > paid to encourage you to have toolbars, and antivirus software you don't > want (and in the later case wouldn't need if the installation process > wasn't so crap). There's a rather useful website called filehippo.com which collates together a lot of Windows stuff and has an application to check for new versions of whatever you have installed.
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