Guide to Install IIS 8.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2

This guide will describe how to install Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2. IIS is the Web server role in Windows Server.

What’s new in IIS 8.5

IIS 8.5 includes several new features not found in IIS 8.0 or lower:

  • Enhanced logging: An administrator can enable the logging of additional custom fields from request or response headers, or from server variables.
  • Logging to event tracing for Windows: An administrator can enable the sending of logging information to Event Tracing for Windows (ETW).
  • Dynamic Website activation: If there are a large number of configured sites (100 or greater, by default), the service will not activate any of the sites when the service is started.
  • Idle Worker Process Page-Out: An administrator can enable an idle worker process to be suspended rather than terminated.

Let’s start the installation

Follow the below steps to install IIS 8.5:

  1. Open Server Manager by clicking the Server Manager icon on the desktop.
  2. In the Server Manager window, with the Dashboard and Quick Start selected, click Add roles and features, or click the Manage menu, and then click Add Roles and Features. The Add Roles and Features Wizard will start with a Before You Begin page. The wizard asks for verification of the following:

    • The administrator account has a strong password.
    • The network settings, such as IP addresses, are configured.
    • The most current security updates from Windows® Update are installed.
  3. On the Before You Begin page, click Next.
  4. On the Installation Type page, select Role-based or feature-based installation to configure a single server. Click Next.

5. On the Server Selection page, select Select a server from the server pool, and then select a server

6. On the Server Roles page, select Web Server (IIS).

7. In the Add Roles and Features wizard, click Add Features if you want to install the IIS Management Console. If you do not want to install the Management Console, uncheck Include management tools (if applicable), and then click Continue.

8. On the Server Roles page, click Next.

9. On the Features page, select any features that you would like to install, and then click Next. Note that you do not need to select any features on this page to install IIS. IIS setup will select the features that are required.

10. On the Web Server Role (IIS) page, click Next.

11. On the Role Services page, select any additional role services that you want to install.

12. If you selected a role service that requires other role services or features to be installed, a page will be opened indicating the role services or features to be installed. Leave Include management tools (if applicable) selected to select the install management tools associated with the server role. You may not need the management tools on the destination server if you plan to manage the role remotely. Click Add Features to add the required role services or features.

13. After you have added the role services that you need on the Role Services page, click Next.

14. On the Confirmation page, verify the role services and features that are selected. Select Restart the destination server automatically if required to restart the destination server if the settings need to take immediate effect. To save the configuration information to an XML-based file that you can use for unattended installations with Windows PowerShell, select Export configuration settings, move to the appropriate path in the Save As dialog box, enter a file name, and then click Save.

When you are ready to start the installation process on the Confirmation page, click Install

15. The Installation Progress page is displayed. You can close the wizard without interrupting running tasks. You can view task progress or open the page again by clicking Notifications in the notification area, and then clicking Task Details.

16. On the Results page, verify that the installation succeeds, and then click Close.

17. Confirm that the Web server works by opening a Web browser, and verifying that the following default Web page is displayed when you use the http://localhost address.

This completes the IIS 8.5 installation tutorial. Enjoy using IIS Web Server journey!

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