Does anyone manually install IIS anymore?

Microsoft has made installing – and doing the initial base configuration of – Internet Information Services (IIS) ridiculously easy by using the Web Platform Installer (WebPI).

Open WebPI, select Products in the top menu bar, then select Server in the left menu bar, then choose the IIS Recommended Configuration. What’s installed/configured with the IIS Recommended Configuration install?

  • ASP.NET
  • Static Content
  • Default Document
  • Directory Browsing
  • HTTP Errors
  • HTTP Logging
  • Logging Tools
  • Request Monitor
  • .NET Extensibility
  • Request Filtering
  • Static Content Compression
  • ISAPI Extensions
  • ISAPI Filters
  • WAS Process Model
  • Management Console
  • WAS Configuration API
  • WAS .NET Environment
  • .NET 4.5 Extended with ASP.NET for Windows 8
  • .NET 3.5 for Windows 8

Let WebPI install all these things for you and you’re pretty much ready to roll. A few other things you might want to install on your web server afterward (also through WebPI) are:

  • Web Deploy
  • URL Rewrite
  • FTP Publishing

Happy hosting!

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    4 Comments.

    1. Does anyone manually install IIS anymore? - Web and Cloud - pingback on July 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm
    2. Brad, this is actually a very good point. The same has happened for application deployment in general – people are relying more and more on deployment using tools like VS and web deploy, instead of manual deployment.

      WebPI changed the game for things like installing PHP on IIS … does anyone install PHP manually anymore?

      These tools definitely shifted the importance away from the underlying platform configurability to the features of deployment platforms like WebPI and webdeploy.

    3. Maybe if you have the latest OS, but I have Windows XP Professional and I get that it needs some files to insert CD ROM. I bought the computer used and have never had that. It also says the files can also be copied from an alternate location such as a floppy disc of server. When I click on browse it seems to be looking for File name admxprox.dll and this file is on my computer, but for some reason hidden from this search, if I go to drag and drop a copy I made yesterday it says it already exist(since April 13, 2008 8:11:49PM) but it can’t find it and don’t show up in this window. Any suggestions short of going and spending close to $60 to buy a CD ROM? It’s like it’s rigged to require me to have a copy somewhere else (that I don’t have)when it’s already on my computer. Go figure. What is hiding the file? I ran a security check… no viruses or anything. Thanks, but be aware, it may be just easy for some, I have the Web Platform Installer, but still I’m having this trouble.

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