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Segment 6: IIS 2.0 Web and FTP Services

Originally encoded on April 20th, 2016 and published the same day

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Internet Information Services

IIS Sample Site - The Volcano Coffee Company Great Taste Tour

Welcome to Microsoft's internet service software, Internet Information Services! It's the internet program everyone hates! It does WWW, FTP, and Gopher! It is for Windows NT! It provides services to clients on any platform! It is fuck!

Well, if you're running Windows NT Server, of course it is the most straightforward path to getting a server up and running, but if you are using IIS in the modern era, I feel bad for you, son. Really, using ANY kind of Windows server operating system past 2000 is beyond dumb, as Linux had to have quite a stronghold with superior server applications by 2002, if not sooner. For organizations still stuck on Microsoft technology, perhaps it is a necessity given how difficult large-scale migration is, but Samba exists if you want modern Microsoft-compatible networking.

Anyway, IIS is pretty simple to set up; you just create the services you want, and pop some shit into the roots of the service directories. Boom, everyone in the network can connect now and it is a cool internet time. I don't have much to say about it, really, just that this would've been cooler if I better understood old HTML and the differences of old browsers back when I was making this. All I could think of was to make some total fucking nonsensical writing that blinks, encompassing part of the problems with the old internet (which are nothing compared to what's wrong today).

IIS also comes with a sample site showcasing what can be done with HTML programming and a web server. Although there is a search form that acts as if it looks up upcoming events, it's not actually dynamic; HTML forms require a dynamic CGI scripting engine of some kind to take full effect, which this installation of IIS does not appear to come with. Several engines did exist prior to ASP's release in December 1996; Perl is perhaps the earliest and is more general purpose, while the more web-centric PHP has basically been the first answer for a plentiful of web programmers for a long time now.

Is there much more to say about this? FTP is certainly usable; I'd absolutely mandate that FTP only be used for anonymous read-only access if you intend to use it yourself. As for Gopher, I hardly know anything about it, but some people have previously suggested the idea of Razorback supporting it. How could it be done? Maybe I've just gotta find an efficient way to automatically replicate the text in my HTML files to the protocol. Seems like a neat idea; while Windows NT seems to have ditched Gopher around Service Pack 4, a few modern options exist, such as GoFish.

One thing I can tell you for sure, Razorback is NOT hosted on a Pentium Pro beige box running Windows NT Server with IIS.