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This How-To will walk you through the Install of Application Server in Windows Server 2012.

Application Server is a feature that allows a combination of business applications for deployments and mode of operation within a network. It is mainly used in businesses that use ASP.NET, .NET Frameworks, and other web applications like IIS.

Installing Application Server on Windows Server 2012

Open the Server Manager from the taskbar.

From Server Manager Dashboard, select Add roles and features. This will launch the Roles and Features Wizard, allowing modifications to be performed on the Windows Server 2012 instance.

Select Add roles and Features

Server Manager


Note: If it is the first time you have entered this wizard, you will get a Before you Begin page. Review it, and you can check the Skip this page by default box, and then click Next.


Select Role-based or feature-based installation on the Installation Type screen and click Next.

Select Role-based or feature-based installation

Installation type


You will now have the Select destination server page. Your server will be selected by default, so you can click Next to continue.

Select your server

Server Selection


Under server roles select Application Server

Server Roles

The Select Server Roles page appears. Select the Application Server check box, and then click Next.

Under Role Services of Application server select any optional components you may need.

Application server: Role Services

Click Next in the Features Screen/ click Next in the Application Server Screen/ Select any additional Role in the Role Services(I selected all of them just in case I need them later down the road) and click Next.

We'll se issuing a self signed certificate in this example.

Server Authentication

In the Server Authentication screen, you have three options to choose from. In this case, I will be using the create a self-signed certificate. If you have an existing SSL, select the first option, and if you plan to request one, later on, choose the third option.

Select install to initiate the install process.

Confirm Installation

Confirm your InstaInstallationclick Install.

Verify that App Sever has appeared in the server manager dashboard

Server Manager

You can now see that the App Server role is currently installed in your Server Manager Screen.

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