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Microsoft Resource Kits - IIS 6.0 Resource Kit

IIS Host Helper Service - IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Utility on

The IIS 6.0 Resource Kit Tools helps you administer, secure, and manage IIS (Internet Information Server). Use the resource kit to query log files, deploy SSL certificates, employ custom site authentication, verify permissions, troubleshoot problems, migrate your server, run stress tests, and more.

IIS Host Helper Service - Registers Internet Information Services (IIS) host header strings with name resolution services.

IIS Host Helper Service registers Internet Information Services (IIS) host header strings with name resolution services. Use IIS Host Helper Service in corporate intranet settings when you want to allow users to access Web sites using host header names, but do not want to modify name records manually. IIS Host Helper Service uses NetBIOS sockets, and then NetBIOS over TCP/IP (NetBT) registers with Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). IIS Host Helper Service also registers host header strings with the Domain Name System (DNS) using dynamic DNS.

IIS Host Helper Service has the following limitations:
  • It can be used only in intranet environments.
  • It is intended for use with a single server only; it is not cluster-aware, and it does not work in a Web farm or load-balanced configuration.
  • It does not support IPv6.
  • Because you should not assign host headers to sites that require Secure Socket Layers (SSL), it cannot be used for sites that require SSL.
  • It cannot register fully qualified domain names (FQDN) in host headers. If you want users to be able to type a FQDN, such as HostHeader.domain, and be routed to the correct site, you can assign the site two host header names. For example, you could create one host header name called HostHeader, which is registered by IIS Host Helper Service. Then, you could create a second host header name called HostHeader.domain, which is rejected by IIS Host Helper Service, but is served by IIS when anyone uses the FQDN to access the server.
  • For best performance, it should not be run on servers that host fewer than 200 sites.

System Requirements

IIS Host Helper Service requires IIS 6.0 running on the Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 operating system.