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How to Install IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

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This how-to shows you how to install IIS 8.0 role on a Windows Server 2012 R2.


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Installing IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Open the server manager by clicking Server Manager icon that should be located on your task-bar. If you are unable to find it, click the Windows start button and click Control Panel, and then click System and Security then click Administrative Tools then click Server Manager.

In the server manager, click Add roles and features.

Server Manager: Add Roles and Features

Server Manager: Add Roles and Features

The Add Roles and Features Wizard should open. Click Next on the before you begin section.

Make sure Role-based or feature-based installation is selected in the Installation Type Section, then click Next.

Select Role-based or feature-based installation

Installation Type

Make sure Select a server from the server pool is selected. Select your server in the server pool section. Once done click Next.

Select your server from the pool of servers

Server Selection

Scroll down and click the Web Server (IIS). A popup window should appear.

Select Web Server(IIS)

Server Roles

Click the Add Features button on Add roles and features wizard popup.

Include the management tools and select Add Features.

Add Roles And Features Wizard

Click Next on the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

Select any additional features you may want to add and then click Next.

Select any additional features you may want to add and then click Next.


Click Next on the Web Server Role (IIS) information window.

Select next

Web Server Role (IIS)

Review the features being installed, you can install additional ones if you would like. Once done click Next.

Review the features being installed

Role Services

Review what is being installed. Once done click Install.

How to install IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2-09

You should see a progress bar, once it is finished you can hit Close.

Confirm Feature Installation


IIS 8.0 is now installed. To bring up the Internet Information Services Manager go to the Service Manager, click Tools and the click Information Services (IIS) Manager.

You may access Internet Information Services manager from the Server Manager tools

Internet Information Services manager


Sample IIS Manager

Sample IIS Manager

Congratulations! You have just installed IIS. Check out Configure IIS In Windows Server 2012 for more information.


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