Monday, November 27, 2006

* WCF : Hosting Services

Following are the various options available today for hosting WCF service with the features provided by them :

1. Self Hosted : Console application, Easy to deploy, not recommended for production environments.

2. Windows Service : no IIS required, Robust environment, message-activation not supported, recommended for light weight/use services.

3. IIS 5.1, IIS 6.0 : all the health controlling/monitoring features of IIS available, support HTTP only, scalable.

4. Windows Activation Service (WAS) : available from Longhorn/Vista, no IIS required, health controlling/monitoring features available.

5. IIS 7.0 : all the WAS benefits available, recommended if content needs to be executed.

To summarize, if the OS is Longhorn/Vista the WAS is the most recommended Host. tags: , , ,

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