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IIS Manager

Published: February 29, 2012

Updated: February 29, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2



The IIS Manager feature represents the UI components available at the top level of IIS Manager. These components include the Start page, the Home page, settings pages and dialog boxes.

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Use the Start page to reopen recent connections and create new connections to web servers, sites, and applications by using IIS Manager. You can also click links to online resources and review news about IIS.

 

Element Name Description

Recent connections

Displays a list of your recent connections to web servers, sites, and applications. Double-click a connection in the list to reopen the connection. You might need to retype your account credentials to connect.

Connection tasks

Displays the following connection tasks:

  • Connect to localhost: Connects to the local computer by using the credentials of the Windows user who is currently logged on.

  • Connect to a server: Opens a wizard from which you can connect to a server by using a Windows administrator account.

  • Connect to a site: Opens a wizard from which you can connect to a site by using a Windows or IIS Manager user account that has permission to connect to the site.

  • Connect to an application: Opens a wizard from which you can connect to an application by using a Windows or IIS Manager user account that has permission to connect to the application.

Online resources

Displays a list of links to online resources about IIS.

IIS News

Displays recent IIS news. Click Enable IIS News in the IIS News bar to enable this feature.

Use the Home page to view and access the list of features that are available for configuration in IIS Manager.

Use the Group by drop-down list to group similar features, and use the View drop-down list to display the features in different formats, such as icons or details. If you select Details from the View list, you can sort the features by clicking one of the columns on the Home page.

The Home page is displayed when both of the following are true:

  • You have selected Features View.

  • You have clicked a Web server, site, application, virtual directory, or physical directory in the tree in the Connections pane, or you have selected a file in Content View and then clicked Switch to Features View.

Use the Content View page to view the contents of an item selected in the tree in the Connections pane. For example, select a site and click Content View to see the list of any applications, virtual directories, physical directories, and files in that site.

You can right-click an object in the Content list, and click Switch to Features View to go to the object's home page. From the Home page, you can configure features for the object, such as configuring authentication settings for an application.

noteNote
IIS Manager does not display files in the tree in the Connections pane. To configure features for individual files, right-click the file in ContentView and then click Switch to Features View.

Sort the list by clicking one of the feature page column headings or select a value from the Group by drop-down list to group similar items. Search the list by typing search criteria in the Filter box, expand the Go list to select the field on which to search, and then click Go or press ENTER. Click Show All to remove the filter criteria.

 

Element Name Description

Name

Displays the name of each object.

Type

Displays the object type, such as application or virtual directory.

The actions available in the Actions pane depend on the type of object that you select on the Content page. Additionally, when you are connected to a site or an application, the only actions available are Switch to Features View, Browse, and Refresh.

 

Element Name Description

Advanced Settings

Opens the Advanced Settings dialog box from which you can configure advanced settings for the selected object.

Add Application

Opens the Add Application dialog box from which you can add an application.

Add Application Pool

Opens the Add Application Pool dialog box from which you can add an application pool to the Web server.

Add Virtual Directory

Opens the Add Virtual Directory dialog box from which you can add a virtual directory.

Add Web Site

Opens the Add Web Site dialog box from which you can add a website that uses the HTTP or HTTPS protocols for communication.

Browse

Opens the selected object in an internet browser.

Change .NET Framework Version

Opens the Change .NET Framework Version dialog box, which enables you to select the version of the .NET Framework to use by default.

Convert to Application

Converts the directory into an application.

Edit Bindings

Opens the Site Bindings dialog box from which you can add, edit, and remove site bindings for the selected site.

Explore

Opens the physical directory (in Windows Explorer) that is mapped to the selected object.

Edit Permissions

Opens the Windows Properties dialog box for the physical directory that is mapped to the selected object.

Refresh

Refreshes the Content page.

Remove

Removes the item that is selected from the list on the page.

Remove Connection

Removes the selected connection.

Rename

Enables the Name field of the selected object so that you can rename it.

Restart

Stops and restarts the selected site. Restarting a site causes the site to be temporarily unavailable until the restart is complete.

Start

Starts the selected site.

Stop

Stops the selected site. Stopping a site causes the site to be unavailable until it is started.

Switch to Features View

Opens the Home page in Features View for the selected object.

View Applications

Opens the Applications feature page from which you can view the applications that belong to the selected site.

View Virtual Directories

Opens the Virtual Directories feature page from which you can view the virtual directories that belong to the selected site's root application.

Use the Defaults dialog boxes to edit the default values of properties that have default values, such as recycling settings for application pools, limits for sites, and the application pool in which applications run. The Defaults dialog boxes do not contain properties that are frequently unique, such as site bindings or the physical path of site, application, and virtual directory content.

Each of the following objects in IIS has a Default dialog box from which you can edit default values for all objects of that type:

  • Application pool

  • Site

  • Application

  • Virtual directories

When you change the default value of a property, all objects of that type receive the new value when:

  • You create an object of that type.

  • An existing object does not already have a specific value set that differs from the default value for the property.

    noteNote
    If you must change the value for a specific site or application, use the Advanced Settings dialog box.

For information about a specific property, select the property in the Defaults dialog box and view the information that is displayed in the property description pane underneath the property grid. You can make the property description pane larger by clicking the bar between the property grid and the property description pane, and then dragging upward. You can also resize the entire Defaults dialog box to see more properties at the same time.

Use the Advanced Settings dialog boxes to edit the properties for each of the following objects in IIS:

  • Application pool

  • Site

  • Application

  • Virtual directory

The Advanced Settings dialog box is useful when you want to edit a specific property or group of properties for an object without using an edit wizard or a dialog box, or when a property is not displayed in a wizard or dialog box.

noteNote
If you want to change a default value for all application pools, sites, applications, or virtual directories, you can do so on the appropriate Defaults dialog box for any of these objects.

For information about a specific property, select the property in the Advanced Settings dialog box and view the information that displays in the property description pane underneath the property grid. You can make the property description pane larger by clicking the bar between the property grid and the property description pane, and then dragging upward. You can also resize the entire Advanced Settings dialog box to see more properties at the same time.

Use the New Feature Available dialog box to download and install code to support any new IIS Manager features that are available on the server to which you are connecting. After you install a feature, you can use it in IIS Manager on subsequent connections to the same server or to any servers that have that same feature unless a server administrator removes delegation for the feature at a later time.

 

Element Name Description

Assembly

Displays the name of each .dll file that is available to download and install on your computer. Select the check box next to each assembly that you want to download and install, and then click OK.

noteNote
When the publisher of the code cannot be verified as having a valid digital signature, you are prompted with a security warning before the code is downloaded to your computer. Click Run if you trust the publisher and want to continue with the download, or click Don't Run if you want to cancel the download.

Features

Displays the feature or features that are available with each .dll file.

Size

Displays the size of the .dll file.

Version

Displays the version of the .dll file.

Use Change .NET Framework Version to set the default .NET Framework version for the Web server.

 

Element Name Description

.NET Framework Version

Lists the .NET Framework versions available on the server. Select the version and click OK.

Use the Create New Connection icon to select between creating a connection to a server, a site, or a web application.

 

Element Name Description

Connect to a Server

Launches the Connect to Server wizard, which displays the Specify Server Connection Details Wizard Page page and guides you through creating a connection to a Web server.

Connect to a Site

Launches the Connect to Site wizard, which displays the Specify Site Connection Details Wizard Page page and guides you through creating a connection to a Web server.

Connect to an Application

Launches the Connect to Application wizard, which displays the Specify Application Connection Details Wizard Page page and guides you through creating a connection to a Web server.

Use the Specify Server Connection Details wizard page to specify the name of the server to which you want to connect in IIS Manager.

If you receive an error when you try to connect to the server, check for the following possible issues:

  • You mistyped a value, such as the server name or user credentials.

  • The Web server to which you are connecting is not running IIS 8. You cannot use IIS Manager in IIS 8 to connect to a Web server that runs a previous version of IIS.

  • The management service is not started on the Web server.

  • A Firewall rule is preventing the connection.

 

Element Name Description

Server name

Type the name of the server to which you want to connect. If the server is using a port other than 8172 (the default port configured for the management service), type the server name and the port number separated by a colon (:). For example, type contoso:8080 to connect to a server named contoso with the management service configured to accept connections on port 8080. Alternately, you can type the IPv4 or IPv6 address in block braces ([]).

Use the Specify Site Connection Details wizard page to specify the site to which you want to connect in IIS Manager. The server administrator should give you the information that you must have to connect to the site.

If you receive an error when you try to connect to the server, check for the following possible issues:

  • You mistyped a value, such as the server name or user credentials.

  • The Web server to which you are connecting is not running IIS 8. You cannot use IIS Manager in IIS 8 to connect to a Web server that runs a previous version of IIS.

  • The management service is not started on the Web server.

  • A Firewall rule is preventing the connection.

 

Element Name

Description

Server name

Type the name of the server that hosts the site to which you want to connect. If the server is using a port other than 8172 (the default port configured for the management service), type the server name and the port number separated by a colon (:). For example, type contoso:8080 to connect to a server named contoso with the management service configured to accept connections on port 8080. Alternately, you can type the IPv4 or IPv6 address in block braces ([]).

Site name

Type the friendly name of the site to which you want to connect.

Use the Specify Site Connection Details wizard page to specify the web application to which you want to connect in IIS Manager. The server administrator should give you the information that you must have to connect to the application.

If you receive an error when you try to connect to the server, check for the following possible issues:

  • You mistyped a value, such as the server name or user credentials.

  • The Web server to which you are connecting is not running IIS 8. You cannot use IIS Manager in IIS 8 to connect to a Web server that runs a previous version of IIS.

  • The management service is not started on the Web server.

  • A Firewall rule is preventing the connection.

 

Element Name

Description

Server name

Type the name of the server that hosts the site to which you want to connect. If the server is using a port other than 8172 (the default port configured for the management service), type the server name and the port number separated by a colon (:). For example, type contoso:8080 to connect to a server named contoso with the management service configured to accept connections on port 8080. Alternately, you can type the IPv4 or IPv6 address in block braces ([]).

Site name

Type the friendly name of the site to which you want to connect.

Use the Provide Credentials wizard page to specify credentials to connect to a server, site, or application by using IIS Manager. The credentials specified on this page can be either Windows user accounts or IIS Manager user accounts.

If you receive an error when you try to connect to the server, check for the following possible issues:

  • You mistyped a value, such as the server name or user credentials.

  • The Web server to which you are connecting is not running IIS 8. You cannot use IIS Manager in IIS 8 to connect to a Web server that runs a previous version of IIS.

  • The management service is not started on the Web server.

  • A Firewall rule is preventing the connection.

 

Element Name Description

User name

Type the user name of an account that is authorized to connect to the server, site, or application.

noteNote
Only server administrators can connect to a server by using IIS Manager.

Password

Type the password that is associated with the user name.

Use the Specify a Connection Name wizard page to specify a friendly name for your connection in IIS Manager.

 

Element Name Description

Connection name

Type a friendly name for the connection. This connection name appears in the tree in IIS Manager.

This error message indicates that the server name that you entered does not match the name that appears on the server's certificate.

You might have caused this error by entering the secure server's IP address when the DNS or NETBIOS name appeared on the server's certificate. If this error occurs, it can appear as if you are being maliciously redirected to a server other than the one to which you had intended to connect.

To avoid seeing this message in the future, connect to the server by entering the address that appears on the secure server's certificate.

This message indicates that there is a problem with the certificate issued to the server to which you are connecting. The certificate might have expired or been revoked. If the certificate has expire or is revoked, resolve the problem before you can connect to the server.

This message can also appear if you are connecting to the server by using a name that does not appear on the server's certificate. If the name is not on the server’s certificate, it can seem that you are being maliciously redirected to a server other than the one to which you had intended to connect. You are given the option to connect, but you should view the certificate to determine whether to connect to the server.

This message can also appear because of some combination of the errors listed above. If this happens, use the View details link to investigate the details of the problem and determine the best course of action.

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