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Performance Testing Microsoft® .NET Web Applications by MICROSOFT ACE TEAM

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Chapter 6. Analyzing and Performance Tuning the Web Tier

We use the term Web tier to refer to the front-end Web server used to satisfy HTTP requests from remote browser clients, such as Internet Explorer. Many different Web servers are available for various platforms. Microsoft’s implementation of a Web server is called Internet Information Server (IIS), and it is essentially a file and application server for Internet and private Intranet Web sites or applications. IIS is a very powerful Web server capable of hosting both static and dynamic content. Static content typically consists of images or simple text files created using HTML that rarely change. To the end user, dynamic content may appear to be static because the request that generated server-side ...

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