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How to install IIS on Windows Server 2008 R2

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This how-to will show you how to set up Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 on a Windows Server 2008 R2.


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Installing IIS on Windows Server 2008 R2

Open the Server Manager by clicking on the Server Manager icon located at the bottom left of your task bar. If you are unable to locate the icon, click on the Windows start button, click Control Panel. In Control Panel, click System and Security, and then Administrative Tools and lastly click on Server Manager.

In the Server Manager, click on Roles and then Add Roles.

Open Server manager and select add roles

Server Manager: Add Roles


The Add Roles Wizard should open and you can click Next on the Before you begin section.

Before You Begin

Before You Begin


In Server Roles, check the box next to Web Server (IIS) and click Next.

Select Web Server (IIS)

Server Roles: IIS


Click Next on the Web Server (IIS) information page unless you would like to read through it.

Select next in Web Server (IIS)

Web Server (IIS)


Review the Role Services being installed, you can install additional ones if you would like. Once ready, click Next.

Add any additional roles you'd like to install.

Role Services

Review what is being installed. Once you are ready, click Install.

Confirm installation Selections and select Install

Confirm installation Selections


You should see a progress bar. Once complete, then you can click on Close.

Installation Results

Installation Results

IIS 7 is now installed. To open IIS, open Server Manager, expand Roles then Web Server and click on Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

Open server manager and verify IIS Manager has been installed

Server Manager: IIS Manager

You can also open IIS by searching for Inetmgr.exe and pressing Enter or going to Start>All Programs>Administrative Tools>Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.


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