How to install IIS on Windows Server 2019/2016

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Hi! Today we will continue to talk about Windows Server. It is well known that its use in a corporate environment is a practical alternative. Since it allows centralizing roles, functions, and services inherent to users and computers. Additionally, Windows Server allows adding extra functionalities. These additions increase the functionality of the company and maximize the power of the server. Specifically, we will study Internet Information Services (IIS). This service, also known as Windows Web Server can be added to Windows Server 2019 or 2016. So you can host web applications. In addition, this technology incorporates important improvements. For example, it reduces the surface of the web attack and improves the overall performance of the server. Also, it allows the construction and development of customized servers. For that reason, today we will see how to install IIS on Windows Server 2019/2016.

How to Install IIS with Server Manager

Once again we will use the Server Manager. This tool is a comprehensive administration center for adding and removing items. Well, once there please click on Add Roles and Features:

Please select Add Roles and Features
Please select Add Roles and Features

On the next screen, please click Next to continue.

Press Next to continue.
Press Next to continue.

Now it is time to select the type of installation. Please click on Role-based or feature-based installation.

Select the type of installation
Select the type of installation

Now it is time to select the server where IIS will be installed.

Now it is time to select the server where IIS will be installed.

Select the server
Select the server

Then the roles available for installation will be displayed. Please check the box corresponding to Web Server (IIS).

Check the Web Server box
Check the Web Server box

Immediately a window will be displayed with the characteristics that will be attached along with IIS:

Select Add features.
Select Add features.

Back to the previous screen, you can see how the Web Server box is indeed checked. Please click on Next.

The box corresponding to Features can be omitted, since it is not necessary to select any option.

Below is a brief summary of the IIS installation.

Below are the roles required for the Web Server to function properly. You can leave them by default or add roles according to your needs.

Select the role services needed for the installation.
Select the role services needed for the installation.

Finally, confirms the installation

Please proceed with the installation
Please proceed with the installation

Now please wait a few seconds while the IIS installation runs.

Installation of IIS on Windows Server 2019/2016
Installation of IIS on Windows Server 2019/2016

After a few seconds, IIS will be successfully installed on the Web Server.

IIS successfully installed on Windows Server
IIS successfully installed on Windows Server

And as you can see, it is already available on the Server Manager

IIS available to manage from Web Manager
IIS available to manage from Web Manager available to manage from Server Manager

How to Install IIS with Windows PowerShell on Windows Server 2019/2016

A more expedient way to install this Web Server is through PowerShell. To do this, you only need to run the following command:

Install-WindowsFeature -name Web-Server -IncludeManagementTools
Installing IIS with PowerShell
Installing IIS with PowerShell

How to Open and Configure IIS with the Windows Server Manager.

As mentioned, IIS will be available for access from the Server Manager. In fact, all you have to do is select it from the tool list.

Managing IIS
Managing IIS

Next, you will see all the available configuration options. In addition, it is possible to configure IIS according to the needs of the company.

Finally, simply enter http://localhost in the web browser to verify the installation of IIS.

IIS running successfully on Windows Server 2019
IIS running successfully on Windows Server 2019

In this way, we have seen how to install IIS on Windows Server 2019/2016. Likewise, we show you how to do it graphically and using PowerShell. Consequently, you will be able to manage web applications on your server. Okay, that’s it for now. Before saying goodbye I invite you to see our post about how to demote a domain controller in Windows Server 2019/2016. So long!

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