Chapter 1: Using Internet Information System (IIS)

In This Chapter

check.png Configuring a server to use IIS

check.png Working with the default website

check.png Creating your own websites

Internet Information Services, also known as IIS, is the web server that comes with Windows Server. It’s an essential piece of software for hosting public websites, and it’s also a must for any network that includes an intranet with web pages designed to be used by your network users.

In this chapter, you find out how to set up IIS and perform the most common types of maintenance chores, such as creating new websites.

Installing IIS

IIS is a free component of Windows Server 2003 and 2012, but it’s not installed by default. After you’ve completed the installation of Windows Server, you must add the Web Server role to enable IIS. The following procedure is for Windows Server 2012, but the procedure for Windows Server 2008 (or 2003, for that matter) is similar:

1. Open the Server Manager; then choose Add Roles and Features.

The Add Roles and Features Wizard comes to life.

2. Follow the steps of the Add Roles and Features Wizard up to the Select Server Roles step.

The Select Server Roles page is shown in Figure 1-1.

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