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Hello, how are you? In this opportunity, we are going to talk about one of the functions that bring Windows Server 2019. When we use this operating system to host our platform, it is likely that common web server solutions for Linux like Apache or Nginx, are more difficult to install. However, Windows Server has the ability to deploy a web server using IIS (Internet Information Server) services. For that reason, let’s see how to install Internet Information Services (IIS) on Windows Server 2019.

What is Internet Information Services (IIS).

It is a web server and a set of services for the Microsoft Windows operating system. It was originally part of the Option Pack for Windows NT. The services offered are FTP, SMTP, NNTP and HTTP/HTTPS.2 In other words, it is an extensible web server that provides a set of services for Windows operating systems. This service converts a PC into a web server for the Internet or for an intranet, that is, computers that have this service installed can publish web pages both locally and remotely.

Install IIS on Windows Server 2019.

To activate IIS, we need to use the Server Manager. It is a central system of administration and management of the servers. It allows you to add and remove features from the servers without having to physically access them. He starts by default when you start the server. Once opened, select Add roles and features

Add roles and features
Add roles and features

On the next page, a window will appear with the introduction of the wizard. Please press next to continue the process.

Introduction to Add Roles and Features Wizard
Introduction to Add Roles and Features Wizard

Next, you have to select Role-based or feature-based installation

Select the Installation Type
Select the Installation Type

Now, select the server where the feature will be installed. Press Next to continue with the installation.

Select destination server
Select destination server

Furthermore, you need to search the Web server (IIS) box and activate it.

Select Web Server (IIS)
Select Web Server (IIS)

At the moment of selecting the feature, a floating window will be displayed. Please click on Add Features to continue the installation.

Adds the features required for the server
Adds the features required for the server

The web server (IIS) is now selected for installation. Click Next to continue

Web Server (IIS) selecting to install
Web Server (IIS) selecting to install

Next, we’ll see the “features” section. Just press Next to continue the installation.

Just press Next to continue
Just press Next to continue

Additionally, we will see a summary of the features that IIS brings to the Windows server 2019.

Web Server IIS summary
Web Server IIS summary

In the following window, you can manage the server services roles. This is an important step to customize the installation. As a matter of fact, we can manage elements related to safety, performance, management tools, etc. In like manner, you can leave the default options, or choose the features you want for your server.

Select the role services to install for Web Server (IIS)
Select the role services to install for Web Server (IIS)

Pressing install will start the installation process.

Confirm installation selections
Confirm installation selections

The wizard will start installing each element of the web server. When the installation is finished, we will see the following window. Press close to continue working.

Running and configuring IIS Web Server

You can access IIS from the Server Manager. With this intention, please locate in the left panel “IIS”.

IIS on Server Manager
IIS on Server Manager

Once the server is selected, please right-click on it to launch the IIS manager.

Starting IIS manager
Starting IIS manager

In the manager, there are two panels on the left. The home page and the name of the server.

IIS Manager
IIS Manager

When you click on the name of the server, you will see the different configurations to use. In the same way, you can configure all the options according to your needs.

IIS manager options
IIS manager options

Testing IIS

To check the functioning of the server, please go to any browser and open the following address:

http://localhost 

If everything is in order, you will see the following information:

IIS home page
IIS home page

Ultimately, we have seen how to install Internet Information Services IIS on Windows Server 2019. From there, we will be able to configure them and use them for our web server. Before saying goodbye I want to invite you to review our post on how to add windows 10 to a domain in Windows Server 2019

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