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Managing a Web Server

IIS 6.0 is a great improvement over earlier versions and offers enhanced security. Unlike previous versions, which were installed by default, it must be explicitly installed as a component of Windows Server 2003 Application Server. IIS consists of several components, including the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service, Front Page Server Extensions, Internet Printing, Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and the World Wide Web (WWW) service. Each of these can be installed individually, although some do depend on other components.

You can use the Add or Remove Programs applet in Control Panel to install IIS components on a server. There is no need to install IIS components, such as the FTP, NNTP or SMTP services, if you won't be using them. You can install the WWW service along with a minimal setup of IIS, as follows:

1. Open Control Panel and double-click Add or Remove Programs, then click the Add/Remove Windows Components button.

2. Select the Application Server component, but do not mark or clear its check box, then click the Details button.

3. Select Internet Information Services (IIS), but do not mark or clear its check box, then click the Details button.

4. Mark the World Wide Web Service check box and click OK. (See graphic.)

5. Click OK for the Application Server dialog box, then click Next for the Windows Components dialog box to start the installation and configuration process.

6. Click Finish when the Windows Components Wizard completes, then close the Add or Remove Programs dialog box.

The Web server is initially installed in a locked -down state. Advanced features, such as Active Server Pages (ASPs), ASP.NET, server-side includes, Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV) publishing and FrontPage server extensions need to be specifically installed.

The activities given on this page and the following pages can contribute towards your log book for this unit. You are expected to demonstrate that you can manage IIS operations and manage IIS security.

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