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How to Install IIS 8 on Windows Server 2012

What is IIS?

IIS, or Internet Information Service, is a web server designed to work with the Windows operating system. Using HTTP protocol, it helps direct user requests online to their target’s specific TCP ports.


Installing IIS

Since IIS is a feature integrated into Windows, installing it is very easy to do. To install IIS 8 on Windows Server 2012, follow the instructions below:

  1. First, log in to your Windows server with the administrator user using Remote Desktop
  2. Open Server Manager
  3. Under the “Manage” menu, select “Add Roles and Features

    Server Manager screen highlighting the "Add Roles and Features" option under the Manage tab

  4. Select “Role-based or Feature-based Installation“, then click “Next

    Installation Type screen highlighting the option for "Role-based or feature-based installation"

  5. Select the appropriate server (we are installing IIS on a local server so keep the local selected by default), then click on “Next

    Server Selection screen highlighting the option to "Select a server from the server pool"

  6. On the Select server roles screen, scroll down the list and select “Web Server (IIS)“. Click “Next

    Server Roles screen highlighting the "Web Server (IIS)" option from the list of available roles

  7. On the next screen, the default features will already be selected. There are no additional features needed for IIS, so you can just click “Next

    Features screen highlighting the default options for installing IIS

  8. After looking over the information screen, click “Next

    Web Server (IIS) information screen highlighting the "Next" button

  9. On the next screen, you’ll be given options to customize the IIS installation or simply keep the default settings as is. After making any desired selections, click “Next

    Select Role Services screen highlighting available IIS options

  10. On the confirmation screen, click “Install

    Confirmation screen highlighting the features that will be installed with Web Server (IIS)

  11. On the next screen, you will see a progress bar showing IIS installation has completed.

    Installation Progress screen showing successful installation of IIS

And there you have it! Now you know how to install IIS 8 on your Windows Server 2012.


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