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Installing Internet Information Service 7.0

Before you install IIS on a server, you should keep in mind a couple of security-related issues. First, you should definitely install IIS on an NTFS volume, which enables you to secure IIS resource files with the stronger permissions provided by NTFS. You might also consider installing IIS on a standalone member server that does not provide any other services. This helps control the workload placed on the server if it is receiving a large number of web hits and then also has to provide other important network services. Running other services on the IIS server can also potentially lead to security leaks on the server that could compromise the web server and the entire network.

IIS 7.0 can be quickly added to a Windows server’s configuration when you use the Add Roles Wizard. To configure a computer as a web server, follow these steps:

1. From the Server Manager (with the Roles node selected) or the Initial Configuration Tasks window, select Add Roles. The Add Roles Wizard opens. Click Next to bypass the initial wizard page.

2. On the next wizard page, select the Web Server (IIS) check box (see Figure 23.2) and then click Next.

Figure 23.2. Select the Web Server (IIS) role.

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3. On the next wizard page, you are provided an overview of the Web Server (IIS) role and provided links to more information about IIS. After taking advantage of the links, click Next to continue.

4. On the next page you are provided a list of the IIS services that can be installed as part of the Web Server role (see Figure 23.3). For now, install the default services (services such as the FTP service are added later in the hour). Click Next.

Figure 23.3. Select the Web Server role services.

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5. The Confirmation page lists the roles and services to be installed. Click Install.

6. When the installation is complete, click Close to close the wizard.

By the Way

Other services can be added to the Web Server role in the Server Manager through use of the Add Role Services Wizard.

After IIS is installed on the server, the Web Server (IIS) node is added to the Server Manager (see Figure 23.4). You can select the Web Server (IIS) node to view events related to the IIS installation and view the status of the system services. The role services installed are listed in the Role Services area of the Details pane.

Figure 23.4. View system events and service status related to IIS.

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Your IIS platforms such as your web server are configured in the new Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager. This tool is run as a snap-in in the Server Manager or the MMC (see Figure 23.5).

Figure 23.5. The Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager is used to manage your IIS platforms.

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The Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager enables you to configure your IIS installation, including site delegation (to non-administrators who need to add content to a site). The Manager also enables you to view diagnostic information related to your IIS servers, and you connect to web servers and application servers using a web browser. Let’s take a look at how to configure a website with the Internet Information Service (IIS) Manager.

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