Host Websites with IIS 7.5 and Windows Web Server


Windows Server 2008 R2 can be used as a web server by adding the Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS v7.5) server role to the server. IIS is not activated by default. When installing Windows IIS 7.5 you can specify key features to install including:

•  Web server service (HTTP),

•  File transfer protocol (FTP),

•  Certificate security services (CA, SSL, TLS, RSA),

•  and related security services (HTTPS, FTPS),

•  Email services (SMTP),

•  Dynamic web development with ASP.NET,

•  Database administration tools,

•  WebDAV for secure file hosting and transfers,

•  Migration and support tools for IIS 6.0


In order to install IIS 7.5 and web services in Windows Server 2008 R2:

  1. Open the server manager, and click Add Role.

Video Tutorials

In the following video tutorials (parts 1 and 2), after reviewing the installation of IIS 7.5, I create two separate websites, the default website and an additional website. I then configure and create default webpages for the two websites, add a DNS record for the additonal website, and test if both websites are reachable.

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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