Install and configure IIS 8 on Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

IIS is available for download on the Microsoft website.

  1. On the Server Manager Dashboard, select Manage > Add Roles and Features.
  2. In the Add Roles and Features Wizard, on the Before you Begin page, verify the following:
    • The administrator account has a strong password.

    • The network settings, for example IP addresses, are configured.

    • The latest security updates from Windows Update are installed.

  3. Select Server Roles on the left hand pane and then select Web server (IIS). Click Add Features in the displayed window. Web Server Role (IIS) is listed on the left hand pane of the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  4. In the left hand pane select Role Services under Web Server Role (IIS). Keep the default roles services.
  5. Scroll down to the Application Development node and select:
    • ASP.NET 4.5
    • ISAPI Extensions
    • ISAPI Filters

    Necessary sub-role services are selected automatically.

  6. Under the Security node, select:
    • Basic Authentication
    • Windows Authentication
  7. Click Next > Install > Close.

    IIS is now installed with a default configuration for hosting ASP.NET on the Windows Server.

    Confirm that the web server works using http://(Enter machine name without brackets). If the web page is not shown properly, please consult the Microsoft Knowledge Base ( for further information.