If you are running a small workgroup of computers, you may want to use a computer running Windows Vista as a Web server. You can do so by installing Internet Information Services (IIS). It is included with Windows Vista but is not installed by default. Once it has been installed, it provides for basic Web server functionality and includes the WWW, FTP, NNTP, and SMTP services.

You can install IIS using the following steps:

  1. Open the Programs option by clicking Start | Control Panel | Programs.
  2. Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. Click Internet Information Services.
  4. Click OK.

Once IIS is installed, your computer running Windows Vista will be able to function as a Web server. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind. You can expect to see a decrease in performance since there is an extra load being placed on the computer. Also, Windows Vista is limited to the number of concurrent inbound connections that it can accept. Home Editions support a maximum of 5 connections. All other editions support a maximum of 10.

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