Top features of ISAPI_Rewrite:
- The same syntax and behavior as of Apache mod_rewrite make it possible to migrate configurations just by copying .htaccess files. Read more about mod_rewrite compatibility.
- Regular expressions for flexible and powerful configurations.
- Extremely fast and highly scalable pure C++ code.
- Real distributed configurations: global server level, virtual host (web site) level, directory level .htaccess files with real-time monitoring.
- Isolation – user level configuration affects only local user environment making ISAPI_Rewrite an ideal solution for web hosting providers.
Top usage examples:
- Search engine optimization.
- Proxying content of one web server through another web server.
- Prevention of content leeching (direct linking).
- Blocking specific hosts, referrers or annoying robots.
- Content negotiation - serving different files for different language or different browsers.
- Load balancing emulation for web cluster.
ISAPI_Rewrite can be installed on the following operating systems:
- Windows 2000 with IIS 5
- Windows XP with IIS 5.1
- Windows Server 2003 with IIS 6.0
- Windows Vista with IIS 7.0
- Windows Server 2008 with IIS 7.0
IIS should be installed on the operating system before installing ISAPI_Rewrite.
Both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows are supported, but you need to download distinct installation package for 32 and 64 bit versions.
Windows Installer 2.0 is required to run installation program. You can download last version of Windows Installer from the Microsoft website.
On Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 installation of ISAPI_Rewrite also requires following modules, not installed by default:
- ISAPI Filters
- ISAPI Extensions
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