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Windows XP Pro SP2 and Working IIS 5.1



What do we have in this session?

  1. Windows XP Pro SP2 and IIS 5.1

  2. Install IIS Windows Component

  3. The IIS Snap-in:  Configuring IIS

  4. Testing Webpage on IIS






Windows XP Pro SP2 and IIS 5.1


First of all let install and do some basic IIS configuration. IF IIS and other related Windows component was installed on your Windows Machine, the link to the IIS snap-in will be visible from the Start menu: Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services. In this case we do not install IIS and its related components.


Internet Information Services is not available in Administrator Tools


Install IIS Windows Component


Then open Windows Add or Remove Programs from Control Panel.


Invoking the Windows Add or Remove Programs page


Select Add/Remove Windows Components link/icon.


Windows Add or Remove Programs page


Select Internet Information Services (IIS) and click the Details button to view/select/unselect the IIS sub-components if needed.


Windows Components Wizard - selecting Internet Information Services (IIS)


In this case we select the following IIS sub-components. Then select World Wide Web (WWW) Service and click the Details button.


The Internet Information Services (IIS) - World Wide Web Service sub component


We select the following WWW’s sub-components. Click OK.


World Wide Web Service component


Then, click Next button.


Back to Windows Component Wizard with the component and sub component have been selected


The installation should begin. If there are no local copies of the installation files (cab files) you will be asked to insert Windows XP xx CD/DVD. So, get ready.


Windows Components Wizard - Configuring, copying installation files



The IIS Windows components installation was completed successfully


The Internet Information Services (IIS) menu should be visible in the Start Menu.


The Internet Information Service (IIS) short cut is visible in Administrator Tools


The IIS Admin service also should be visible in the Windows Services snap-in as shown below. The IIS Admin will start automatically when the computer is powered on. Other Windows service control also can be done through Windows Services snap-in such as start, stop, restart and so on.


Restarting the IIS Admin service from Windows Services snap-in


The IIS Snap-in:  Configuring IIS


Next, open IIS snap-in. Open the Default Web Site Properties page (select Default Web Site > right-click mouse).


Invoking the IIS Default Web Site property page










Click the Home Directory tab. The Local Path is where the web’s root folder resides which stores all the web files and folders. The default physical local server path is C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\. We will put all the web files and folders under this folder.


The default web site root folder setting in IIS Admin


Click the Documents tab. Here we can set the default document (first web page) to be served when user use the default domain name as the URL in their Internet browser. Click the Add button.


The default first page of the web site to be served setting


Add index.html file and click OK.


Adding index.html page to the default first page to be served by IIS web server


Using the up arrow, move index.html to the top level. This means index.html file will be served first to users and if this file is missing, then Default.htm file will be served and so on.


The default first web page to be served is set to index.html


Next, click the Directory Security tab and click the Edit button.


Editing the web directory access security


Depending on your web access control, uncheck the Integrated Windows authentication check box. In most cases we just use Anonymous access instead of the Authenticated access (which need user credential – username and password to access the web page/site). Click the OK button to exit.


Authentication used for the web access is set to Anonymous access


Click the OK button.


Closing and saving the new default web site properties settings


Select the Child Nodes (if any) and click the OK button to enforce the inheritance of the new settings.


Selecting the inheritance for the new default web site settings


Now, restart IIS.


Restarting IIS from IIS Admin


Click OK button to restart IIS.


Restarting IIS service prompt message box


Testing Webpage on IIS


Next, let test our newly setup IIS web server. Create index.html file with the following content. You can use any text or HTML editor.


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">



<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">

<title>A very simple test page</title>




<p align="left"><b><font size="5">Some text for IIS testing. The file name is

index.html, put under the default web root directory

<a href="file:///C:/Inetpub/wwwroot">C:\Inetpub\wwwroot</a>. Look like your IIS

is working!</font></b></p>




Save the file under the default web root directory.


Creating index.html file for the first default page to be served by IIS web server


From IIS snap-in windows, select Default Web Site folder > right-click mouse > select Browse menu.


Browsing the IIS web server from IIS Admin - testing IIS web site


If everything fine, the web page should be visible on the right window.


The first index.html page was loaded successfully


Finally, test the web page (IIS web server) functionality from Internet browser using http://localhost/  or as the URL. The following screenshot shows the sample output.


The first index.html page was loaded by Internet browser successfully






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