As you probably know already, IIS (Internet Information Services) works with the HTTP protocol, which is used to access web pages from the web server. Technically, a web page is just a collation of multiple HTML elements. In this post, we will demonstrate how you can configure a website in MS Server 2008 by using Internet Information Services (IIS).
Microsoft uses Windows Server 2008 Web Edition mainly for hosting or publishing a web site as it brings along several features & benefits. Red Hat uses Apache server for hosting web pages.
Here we show the steps how to configure a website with a single IP address in Microsoft server 2008.
Here, we’ve already installed the IIS service and an HTML web page is copy in
Step 1: Go to the MS Windows Server 2008, Click on the “Start” button.
Step 2: Select the “Administrative Tools” option and click on the “Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager” option from the dropdown menu. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 3: Stop the default web site. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 4: Now, to create a new website, right click on the “Sites” tab in the right hand panel of the window.
Step 5: Click on the “Add Web Site..” option. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 6: A dialogue box will appear on the screen now. Type in a desired name in the “Site Name” box and also provide a “Physical Path” for the website. Physical Path is the location where your website configured on Server 2008 is stored.
Step 7: Click on the “OK” button to save the changes you have just made. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 8: Select HTTP (or HTTPs) Protocol and the IP address of the Server.
Step 9: Check the “Start Web Site Immediately” option at the bottom of the window and click on the “OK” button to proceed. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 10: Next, we add the web page entry in the “Default Document.” Right click on the “Default Documents” and click on the “Open Feature” option. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 11: Right Click on the “Default Document” and click on the “Add..” option. (Check the screenshot below)
Step 12: Now, type in the desired name of the website along with its extension.
Step 13: Click on the “OK” button to save the changes. (Check the screenshot below)
This is how a web page is hosted on a web server.
Step 14: Open the Internet Explorer and type in the IP address of the web server. Your web page will now open. (Check the screenshot below)
Congratulations! You’ve successfully configured a website in MS Server 2008 by using IIS.
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