Microsoft Site Server

Definition of Microsoft Site Server in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is Microsoft Site Server?

A comprehensive Internet server for end-to-end management of enterprise-level Internet and intranet sites.

Using Microsoft Site Server version 3, organizations can easily publish information to the Internet or corporate intranets by providing content authors with a structured content submission, posting, and approval process managed by site administrators and site editors.

Site Server lets users search for information from diverse sources that include internal and external Web sites, network file servers, Microsoft SQL Server databases and other ODBC-compliant databases, and Microsoft Exchange Server public folders.

Using Site Server, companies can deliver information to users through personalized Web pages, channels, and direct e-mail. Site Server administrators can analyze site usage to plan and troubleshoot the structure and effectiveness of their sites.

Site Server is optimized to run with Microsoft Windows NT and Internet Information Services (IIS) and can be used in heterogeneous networking environments for clients running on any platform as long as they have a standard Web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. Site Server tools cover the full range of Web site development needs:

  • Publishing:
    Site Server’s comprehensive publishing solution comprising a set of tools for managing site content. Content management tools let multiple content authors submit, tag, and edit content using a drag-and-drop Web interface. Content deployment tools let site administrators place Web content on staging servers for review and then securely and easily deploy it to production Web servers.


  • Delivery:
    Site Server’s powerful search tool lets users search across Internet and intranet Web sites, files, databases, and Exchange servers. Sites can deliver personalized content to users, including personalized mailings, using the Direct Mailer tool. Active Channel Multicaster, based on multicast technology, delivers information using push technologies. Active Channel Server can be used to manage and schedule the delivery of information using channels. Users can also self-manage subscription sites.


  • Analysis:
    Site Server provides tools for analyzing Web site usage and structure, and for importing Web server log files into a database from all popular Web servers (including IIS, Netscape, Apache, Lotus Domino, and Real Audio servers). You can also import data from sources other than Web server log files using Custom Import and then generate Web site activity reports based on that data using Report Writer and its 46 predefined report styles. You can use Content Analyzer to help you visualize the structure of Web sites. The powerful searching and analysis tools of Content Analyzer let you gain insight into how a site is being used.



Before you implement Site Server, you should do the following:

  • Sketch out the hierarchy of your organization with the common names of the various departments and sections, personnel classifications, and job titles.
  • List the content types you plan to use in building your site, and plan the attributes you will use to describe each type of content.
  • Use the makecm.vbs script included with Site Server to create your content stores with their various content types, directories, and attributes.