How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

We’ve already seen how you can install IIS (Internet Information Services) on Windows 8.1 for testing purposes. Now, we’ll see how you can install IIS on a server machine, to host your website for production purposes.

There’s no much differences between the two procedures. The installation is quick and easy.

Step one: Install the Web Server (IIS) role

Open the Server Manager and click Add Roles and Features:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Go on until you reach the Server Roles tab:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Select Web Server (IIS):

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Add Features:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Ignore the Features tab and go on:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Next:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

The default configuration will be fine. Click Next:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Install:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Installation completed!

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Step two: Configure IIS

Go back to the Server Manager. Select Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager from the Manage menu:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Click Add Website:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Specify at least the site name and path. Click Ok:

How to install and configure IIS on Windows Server 2012 R2

Your first site is ready to be accessed.

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