Installing and Configuring IIS on a Windows Server


Internet Information Services (IIS) is a flexible and manageable web server created by Microsoft that runs on Windows systems to serve requested HTML pages or files. This guide will walk you through installing and configuring IIS on a Windows Server with SRVPS.

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Configuring IIS on Windows Server

Understanding IIS

Before we dive into the installation and configuration process, let’s first understand what IIS is and its core functions. IIS is an extensible web server that supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS, SMTP, and NNTP. It is not just a simple web server but a complete platform where you can run your web applications, ranging from ASP.NET applications to PHP applications.

Benefits of IIS include:

  • Integrated .NET Framework support: IIS provides native support for ASP.NET applications, simplifying the deployment and management of these applications.
  • Security: IIS has numerous security features like authentication, authorizations, and secure socket layers.
  • Scalability: With its modular architecture, IIS servers can be scaled as per your needs.
  • Process Isolation: IIS provides isolation of applications into separate processes, preventing one application from affecting others.


Before starting the installation process, ensure you have the following:

  • A server running Windows Server OS, which you can easily get from SRVPS.
  • Administrative privileges on your server.

Installing IIS on Windows Server

To install IIS on a Windows Server, follow these steps:

  1. Open Server Manager: You can find this by clicking on the ‘Start’ button and selecting ‘Server Manager’.
  2. Add Roles and Features: From the Server Manager Dashboard, click on ‘Manage’, then ‘Add Roles and Features’.
  3. Roles and Features Wizard: The wizard will guide you through the installation process. Begin by selecting ‘Role-based or feature-based installation’.
  4. Server Selection: Choose the server where you want to install IIS. In most cases, this will be the current server.
  5. Server Roles: Here, you’ll find a list of server roles. Scroll down and check the ‘Web Server (IIS)’ box.
  6. Features: No additional features are needed for IIS, so you can click ‘Next’.
  7. Web Server Role (IIS): This page provides information about IIS. After reading, click ‘Next’.
  8. Role Services: Here, you can select additional services for IIS. The defaults are sufficient for a basic web server.
  9. Confirmation and Installation: Review your choices and click ‘Install’. The installation process will begin. Once completed, you’ll have successfully installed IIS on your Windows Server.

Configuring IIS on Windows Server

Once installed, it’s time to configure IIS according to your needs. Here’s a basic configuration guide:

  1. Open IIS Manager: You can do this by clicking ‘Start’, ‘Administrative Tools’, and then ‘Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager’.
  2. Add a New Website: In the ‘Connections’ pane, right-click the ‘Sites’ node, and then click ‘Add Website’.
  3. Website Settings: Enter the site name, physical path (where your website files are stored), and binding information. When finished, click ‘OK’.
  4. Review and Test Your Website: In the ‘Connections’ pane, you can review your site’s settings. Test your website by typing ‘http://localhost‘ or your actual domain into a web browser.

And voila! You’ve installed and configured IIS on a Windows Server.


With IIS, you have a powerful and flexible web server for your ASP.NET and PHP applications. This guide should have given you a clear understanding of how to install and configure IIS on a Windows Server. With SRVPS, you can easily manage your servers and keep your web applications running smoothly.

For more tutorials on managing Windows servers, visit the SRVPS Windows tutorial page.