This morning Microsoft released three new free tools on the Microsoft Download Center for Web/SQL Administrators. Two of the new tools aim at making the life of a systems admin easier by automating tasks like application/site deployment, as well as SEO optimization of IIS 7 web applications. The interesting thing is the release candidates for these tools were only released to the Download just a few days ago. Here’s a quick breakdown.
Web Deployment Tool (x86 & x64) – Web Deployment Tool Overview
The Web Deployment Tool simplifies migration, management, and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web applications, and Web sites. Features include:
- Simplified Migration of Web Application from IIS 6 to IIS 7
- Simplified Synchronization of Web Applications across Web Server Farms
- Easy Web Application Packaging, archiving, and deployment
- Integration with Visual Studio to help developers streamline deployment
IIS Database Manager (x86 & x64) – IIS Database Manager Home Page.
IIS Database Manager allows you to easily manage your local and remote databases from within IIS Manager.
- Auto Discovery of databases based on Web Server Config
- Connect to any database on the network
- Manage tables, view stored procedures and data, (including ad hoc queries)
IIS SEO Toolkit
The IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit is an IIS7 User Interface extension that identifies numerous Search Engine and User Experience optimizations for Web sites hosted on Windows.
- Site Intelligence reporting broken links, dupe content, and tag validation
- Analytics into page weight, load times, and user traffic patterns
- Search relevance for optimization URL structure for search engines
- Automatic generation of sitemap and robots.txt files
Some fairly nice FREE tools indeed!
Web Deployment Tool Download Link (x64) and X86