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How to install IIS 8.0 on Windows Server 8

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Are you looking for information on how to install IIS 8.0 on Windows Server 8? Read this article to find out how to install and configure IIS 8 on Windows Server 8

Internet Information Services 8.0 (IIS 8.0) is part of Windows Server 8. If you want to play with IIS 8, your best bet is to configure a virtual server according to the system requirements for Windows Server 8, download Windows Server 8 developer preview build and install it on a virtual environment like Oracle VirtualBox.

Once you complete the installation, you will be presented the Windows 8 style Metro UI, with the new Server Manager awaiting you to configure your Windows Server. You can use the Server Manager to add roles to the Windows server and also configure various roles.

How to install IIS 8.0 on Windows Server 8


Here are the steps to install IIS 8.0 on Windows Server 8:

1. Open Server Manager. (Click on Windows Start button to launch the metro start screen. Then click on ‘Server Manager’)

Launch Windows Server Manager

2. In the Server Manager, click on the link “Add Role” as shown in the screenshot below.

How to add role to Windows Server 8

3. In the next screen, choose the option “Role-based or Feature-based installation”. This will allow you to add features or roles selectively to your Windows Server 8.

Add roles to Windows Server 8

4. Click “Next” until you reach the “Server roles” tab. In the list of available server roles, check “Web Server (IIS)” and click next. (If you select additional options, it may fail to install on the current developer preview build)

Add IIS to Windows Server 8

5. Press “Next” and keep the default selections in the remaining screens and press “Commit” button. It will start installing IIS on Windows Server 8. It may take few minutes depending on your server speed and other factors. At the end of the installation, you will see the message ‘Webserver installed successfully.’.

When IIS is installed, it will add a shortcut to your Windows Server 8 metro start screen. You can launch the IIS Manager by clicking on the icon. The IIS 8 Manager look very similar to the familiar IIS 7.