Thursday, May 1, 2014

Installing IIS on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2

IIS is Microsoft Web server role that is included with all versions of Microsoft's operating systems. Version 7.0 of IIS is included with Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Vista®. IIS 7.5 is the Web server role in Windows Server® 2008 R2 and the Web server in Windows® 7. IIS 8.0 is the version that is part of Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 includes IIS 8.5. Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems have all the IIS features needed to support the hosting of Web content in production environments. Windows 7 and Windows Vista also include IIS features, but the available features depend on the operating system versions.

New IIS 7.5 features:

  • FTP Publishing
  • Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) publishing.  
  • Windows Power Shell
  • IIS Administration pack modules

Procedure to install: 

1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager

2. In the Server Manager window, scroll down to Roles Summary, and then click Add Roles. The Add Roles Wizard will start with a Before You Begin page.

3. Select Web Server (IIS) on the Select Server Roles page.

4. Select the IIS services to be installed on the Select Role Services page. Add only the modules necessary. In this case, ASP.NET is selected, and a description of ASP.NET appears in the right pane. Once desired modules are added, click Next.

5.  IIS is now installed with a default configuration for hosting ASP.NET on Windows Server. Click Close to complete the process.

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