What is IIS
IIS is short for Internet Information Server. IIS is Microsoft's web server.
The following instructions can be used to install IIS on Microsoft Windows XP Professional.
- First, go into the "Add or Remove Programs" dialog found in the Windows Control Panel and click on "Add/Remove Windows Components".
- In the Windows Components Wizard, click on the check box next to "Internet Information Services (IIS)".
- Click the "Next" button. You may be required to insert the Windows install CD to proceed.
- In the final window that pops up click on "Finish" to complete the installation.
For Windows 2003 Server, the process is only slightly different.
- Go to the "Add or Remove Programs" dialog found in the Windows Control Panel and click on "Add/Remove Windows Components".
- In the Windows Components Wizard, under components, click the check box next to "Application Server". This will perform a default installtion of IIS.
- Click "Next" and then "Finish" to complete the installation.
Once you have installed IIS, it is a good idea to run a Windows Update to make sure your computer has all of the latest security patches. Use the following steps to run a Windows Update:
- Using Internet Explorer, go to the "tools" menu and select "Windows update".
- Install the latest version of windows update if necessary.
- Click "custom updates" (as opposed to "express").
- Click to Install all recomended security patches.
In order to run web services, Default.aspx must be a registered document type with IIS. To register this type:
- In Control Panel, open Administrative Tools.
- Click to open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
- In IIS Manager, expand (local computer), and then Web Sites, so that you see "Default Web Site."
- Right click Default Web Site and click Properties.
- In the Properties dialog, click the Documents tab.
- Click Add.
- Type "Default.aspx" without the quotes, and click OK.
- Click OK to close the properties dialog. You may now close IIS Manager.