NOTE: IIS Admin Pack Technical Preview 2 has been released: http://blogs.msdn.com/carlosag/archive/2008/05/13/IISAdminPackTechnicalPreview2Released.aspx

I'm really exited to announce that today we released the Technical Preview of the IIS Admin Pack and it includes 7 new features for IIS Manager that will help you in a bunch of different scenarios.

Download

You can download the IIS 7.0 Admin Pack Technical Preview from (It requires less than 1MB):

(x86) http://www.iis.net/downloads/default.aspx?tabid=34&g=6&i=1646
(x64) http://www.iis.net/downloads/default.aspx?tabid=34&g=6&i=1647

Documentation

http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/401/using-the-administration-pack/

These UI modules include the following features:

  • Request Filtering UI - This UI exposes the configuration of the IIS runtime feature called Request Filtering.
  • Configuration Editor UI - This UI provides an advanced generic configuration editor entirely driven by our configuration schema. It includes things like Script Generation, Search functionality, advanced information such as locking and much more.
  • Database Manager UI - This UI allows you to manage SQL Server databases from within IIS Manager, including the ability to create tables, execute queries, add indexes, primary keys, query data, insert rows, delete rows, and much more.
  • IIS Reports UI - This extensible platform exposes a set of reports including some log parser based reports, displaying things like Top URL's, Hits per User, Page Performance, and many more.
  • FastCGI UI - This UI exposes the configuration for the FastCGI runtime feature.
  • ASP.NET Authorization UI - This UI allows you to configure the ASP.NET authorization settings.
  • ASP.NET Custom Errors UI - This UI allows you to configure the Custom errors functionality of ASP.NET

Please, help us, we want to ask for your help on trying them and give us feedback of all these modules, do they work for you? what would you change? what would you add? What features are we missing?

Some things to think about,

Database Manager, what other database features are critical for you to build applications?

IIS Reports set of reports, what reports would you find useful?, would you want to have Configuration based reports (such as summarizing the Sites and their configuration, which configuration)? More Security Reports (such as)?

Configuration Editor, is it easy to use?, what concepts from configuration would you like to see?, etc

Given that each individual feature above has a lot of interesting features that can easily be missed, or might be confusing, I will be blogging in the near feature talking about why we decided to build each feature, what makes them different from any other thing you've seen as well as how you can make the most out of each of them.

NOTE: IIS Admin Pack Technical Preview 2 has been released: http://blogs.msdn.com/carlosag/archive/2008/05/13/IISAdminPackTechnicalPreview2Released.aspx

Carlos