Two new Release Candidates for the following IIS Extensions have been released today:
- Application Initialization for IIS 7.5 (the replacement for the previously released Application Warmup beta extension)
- Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS7/7.5
Application Initialization for IIS 7.5
Application Initialization is a feature which is coming in IIS 8.0 and is now also available for IIS 7.5 (please note this feature is not available for IIS 7.0). This module helps to eliminate the lack of feedback experienced by users when an application is first accessed and is not “warmed up”. Through the use of this module Administrators can enable a website to return a splash page while waiting for the application to be ready for example. The module also enables seamless recycling of pre-loaded application pools with no noticeable impact to users, something I am sure many application developers will be able to take advantage of.
Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS7/7.5
The Dynamic IP Restrictions module provides Administrators and Hosters with the facility to mitigate or block Denial of Service Attacks or brute force attacks on passwords by temporarily blocking IP Address from where potential attacks are emanating, this is done by monitoring patterns of traffic and matching those to patterns which would indicate attack. This can be configured on a server and site level.
Sean Eagan, Program Manager on the IIS Team has a more detailed blog post with links to documentation and download links for both the Release Candidates of Application Initialization and Dynamic IP Restrictions - http://blogs.iis.net/shauneagan/archive/2012/04/02/release-candidates-for-dynamic-ip-restrictions-and-application-initialization-now-available.aspx
I will be looking to cover both of these extensions in both my talks at user groups and also in more detail here on my blog.