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Comparison of IIS, Netscape and Stronghold web servers

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jul 1, 1997


Three Web Servers Comparison Chart

Microsoft came out with a version of this chart with the announcement of IIS v4. This is our version, which shows information provided by each vendor and is current as of July 1, 1997.

Three Web Servers Comparison Chart Microsoft came out with a version of this chart with the announcement of IIS v4. This is our version, which shows information provided by each vendor and is current as of July 1, 1997.

Feature

IIS 4.0

Enterprise Server 3.0

Stronghold 2.0

Basic Services

HTTP 1.1 Compliant

Yes

Yes

Yes

Runs on NT versions

Server v4 with SP3

3.51 or better, Server or Wkstn

3.51 or better, Server or Wkstn

Setup and Administration

Setup Wizard

Yes

No

Yes

Integrated management console administration

Yes

No

Yes

Task-based administration

Yes

No

Yes

Delegation of administration tasks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Administer a server from any Web browser

Yes

Yes (requires Jscript support)

Yes

Administer multiple Web servers from any browser

Yes

Yes

Yes

Monitor multiple host machines simultaneously

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manage multiple Web server as one server

Yes

Yes

Yes

Command-line administration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Scriptable administration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Separate Web site administrators

Yes

Yes

Yes

Per Web site applications

Yes

No

Yes

Limit network bandwidth used

Yes

No

requires plug-in

Limit network bandwidth by Web site

Yes

No

No

Multiple hardware virtual servers through separate IP address

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multiple software virtual servers through host headers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Integrated Directory

Yes

Requires Add-on

No

SNMP Support

Yes

Yes

No

Windows NT Server performance monitor integration

Yes

Yes

No

Logging

Log to any ODBC database

Yes

No

No

Log multiple servers to a single ODBC database

Yes

No

No

W3C extended log format

Yes

No

Yes

Log with common log format

Yes

Yes

Yes

Log to text file

Yes

Yes

Yes

Writes file security events to the Windows NT Server event log

Yes

No

No

Writes application events to the Windows NT Server event log

Yes

Yes

No

Custom Logging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Built-in log file analysis

Yes

Yes

No

Auto log closing and start new log based on time interval

Yes

No

No

Auto log closing and start new log based on log size

Yes

Yes

No

Log to Event Log or syslog

Yes

Yes

No

Developing and Deploying Web Based Applications

Application and component process isolation

Yes

Yes

No

Built-in support for transactions

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic Database connection pooling

Yes

Yes

No

Language neutral server side development

Yes

Yes

Yes

Supports any ActiveX scripting language (VBScrip & LiveScript)

Yes

No

No

Server side scripting debugger

Yes

Yes

No

Compile-free server side scripting

Yes

No

Yes

Cross-platform ODBC database connector

Yes

Yes

No

Component load/unload without stopping the server

Yes

Yes

No

Programmable logging interface

Yes

Yes

Yes

Support for DCOM

Yes

3rd party

No

CORBA/IIOP Support

3rd Party

Yes

No

ISAPI support

Yes

No

No

NSAPI support

No

Yes

No

CGI and WinCGI support

Yes

Yes

CGI Only

Authentication and Security

Integrated certificate server

Yes

No

No

Windows NT Server Security Integration

Yes

No

No

Windows NT Server authentication through X.509 certificate

Yes

No

No

Secure NT Server user authentication with encrypted passwords

Yes

No

No

Uses existing file security ACLs

Yes

No

Yes

Restrict access by IP address

Yes

Yes

Yes

Restrict access by directory and file

Yes

Yes

Yes

Restrict access by domain name

Yes

Yes

Yes

Restrict access by user and group

Yes

Yes

Yes

Domain blocking by IP address and host name

Yes

Yes

Yes

SSL 2.0 Support

Yes

Yes

No

SSL 3.0 Support

Yes

Yes

No

Secure Administration

Yes

Yes

Yes

Basic HTTP user authorization with clear-text passwords

Yes

Yes

Yes

ACL!&s !V Permissions synced with directory

Yes

Yes

No

Content Management

Data replication

Yes

No

No

Custom HTTP headers

Yes

Yes

Yes

HTTP redirect

Yes

Yes

Yes

Content ratings

Yes

No

Yes

Content expiration

Yes

No

Yes

Document footers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Custom error messages

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flexible file management

Yes

No

Yes

Store and serve content from multiple platforms

Yes

Yes

Yes

One-button publishing

Yes

Yes

No

Graphical HTML web page editing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Graphical site map

Yes

No

No

Graphical server key management

Yes

No

No

Graphical file and directory management

Yes (Win clients only)

Yes (Java clients only)

No

Automatic link validation

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic link recalculation

Yes

Yes

No

HTML page and site wizards and templates

Yes

No

No

Built-in Image Map handling

Yes

Yes

Yes

Image and document conversion support

Yes

Yes

No

Indexing and Searching

Query file index using SQL

Yes

No

No

Integrated with Windows NT Server file security

Yes

No

No

Scriptable

Yes

Yes

No

Programmable

Yes

Yes

No

Integrated administration

Yes

Yes

No

Automatic updates Index when a change is made

Yes

Yes

No

Foreign language support

Yes

Yes

No

Index document properties

Yes

Yes

No

Linguistic analysis (stemming, inflection)

Yes

Yes

No

Supported multiple document formats

Yes

Yes

No

Query HTML document property meta tags

Yes

Yes

No

Limit queries by directory

Yes

Yes

No

Query and search with client side ActiveX control(ADC)

Yes

No

No

Hit-highlighting

Yes

Yes

No

Return document properties in query results

Yes

No

No

Text operators

Yes

Yes

No

Property operators

Yes

Yes

No

Custom views

Yes

Yes

No

Documentation

On-line documentation

Yes

Yes

Yes

Multimedia documentation

Yes

No

Yes

One step printing

Yes

No

Yes

Full text search

Yes

No

Yes

Service and Support

World-wide educational centers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Quick Fix Engineering

Yes

No

No

Enterprise 7x24 Support

Yes

Yes

No

Training courses

Yes

Yes

Yes

Developers Network

Yes

Yes

Yes

Trained and certified network of solution providers

Yes

Yes

No

Priority 7x24 Technical Support

Yes

Yes

No

Incorporated consulting services division

Yes

Yes

No

On-Line Support

Yes

Yes

Yes

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