Internet Information Services, or IIS, is Microsoft’s suite of Internet-related software included with the Windows 2000 and above operating system software. IIS provides both FTP server and web server capability. With IIS, you can run FTP, ASP.Net pages, etc, on your Windows computer.

On Windows Vista, IIS is included, but is not installed by default. Once IIS is installed, your Windows Vista computer will be able to function as a web server.

However, there is a limit on the maximum number of concurrent connections that Windows Vista can accept. Vista Home Editions support a maximum of 5 connections, while all other editions support a maximum of 10 connections.

You can install IIS on Vista 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 (left-hand menu)
3. Click Internet Information Services
4. Click OK

Do note that running IIS puts an extra load on your computer’s resources, so a decrease in overall performance (boot-up time, RAM and CPU usage, etc) should be expected. Therefore, try to turn off all IIS-related services whenever you’re not using IIS.

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