Internet Information Server (or short IIS) is the web server from Microsoft which is used to host web applications on Windows. This tutorial shows how to configure Internet Information Server on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Prerequisites

  1. The administrator account has a strong password.
  2. A static IP is configured.
  3. Latest Windows updates are installed.
  4. The Windows firewall is turned off.

Configuring Internet Information Server

Step 1: Open server manager, click Add roles and features.

Open server manager

Step 2: Read the important notes and click Next.

Read installation notes

Step 3: Choose Role-based or feature-based installation and click Next.

Choose Role-based or feature-based installation

Step 4: Choose the destination server where you would like to install IIS and click Next.

Step 5: Choose Web Server (IIS) from roles. When a new window opens, click Add Features.

Choose Web Server (IIS) from rolesStep 6: Click Next to install the preselected roles.

install the selected roles

Step 7: Click Next to install the required features like .NET framework.

Install features

Step 8: Click Next to install the Web Server Role (IIS).

Install web server role

Step 9: Click Next to install the Role Services for IIS.

Install Role Services for IIS

Step 10: Click Install to finish the installation.

Install IIS

Step 11: When an installation succeeded, click Close.

Close the dialogue when installation is finished

Conclusion

Internet Information Server is now ready to be used. Go ahead and host your first website on IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2. In the next article, I'll show you how to host a website on IIS.

How to Configure Internet Information Server on Windows Server 2012 R2

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