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Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 Administrator's Companion by The Microsoft SharePoint Community Experts, Bill English

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Application Pools and SharePoint Server 2007

Software programs run best when they run on their own dedicated servers. This arrangement eliminates much of the worry about resource contention between programs. On the other hand, protecting program execution through the use of dedicated hardware is a very expensive solution. To provide integrity for resource allocation to individual programs, and to minimize unforeseen consequences due to program interaction, SharePoint Server 2007 structures its Web applications into Internet Information Services (IIS) application pools.

IIS application pools are software containers that function as virtual hosting environments for program instances. A program instance and its allocated resources are known as processes ...

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