IIS 6.0: Definition of Term Web Service Extension

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A new node named Web Service Extensions has been added to the Internet Information Services Manager (ISM) in Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0. Web service extensions are programs that extend the basic IIS functionality of serving static content. Examples of Web service extensions are:
  • Active Server Pages (ASP)
  • FrontPage Server Extensions
  • Server-side includes (SSI)
  • Internet Database Connector
  • Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV)
  • Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
  • Internet Server API (ISAPI)


By default, when you initially install IIS 6.0, IIS serves only static content to make sure that the server is secure. The Web Service Extensions node of the ISM is used to permit or to not allow programs that extend this functionality. Information about enabling dynamic content and using Web server extensions is included in the product documentation. To see this information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
About Configuring Servers for Applications

Using Frontpage Server Extensions to Extend Web Sites

Enabling and Disabling Dynamic Content


For additional information about extending IIS functionality through Web service extensions, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
328360 HOW TO: Enable and Disable ISAPI Extensions and CGI Applications in IIS 6.0
315122 HOW TO: Enable and Disable Dynamic Content in IIS 6.0


Article ID: 332060 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 4.4
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 1.01
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 6.0
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