IIS 7 To Do List

Posted on July 12, 2011

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Here’s a list of what to do when setting up your new Windows 2008 R2 Server for running an application in IIS. The list includes tips & gotchas. BTW, Windows Server 2008 R2 (W2K8R2), released August, 2009, is a different operating system from Windows 2008 Server. You cannot upgrade from Windows Server 2008. I guess MicroSoft is channelling Franz Kafka for naming their releases.  And, don’t go talking about “64 bit” W2K8R2, it only comes 64 bit.

Start with:

*         CPU(GHz): quad 3.0
*         Memory(GB): 8
*         Hard Disk Space(GB): 80
*         Static IP address 

OS: Windows Server 2008 R2 with latest service pack (currently SP1)

*         IIS 7.5 with latest service pack
*         Tested Database Connection
*         .NET 3.5 with SP1 installed and enabled

Once you have your server, log on and give yourself local administrator account. This is the account you to use forever after. Security on W2K8R2 is a lot tighter than in previous windows version and, oddly, group policies are applied even though you’re logging on locally. To see what group polices are applied go to the command prompt and type: GPRESULT /R

Once you have server familiarize yourself with the new IIS layout. A pretty good guide.

Or, take the Microsoft course “Configuring and Troubleshooting Internet Information Services in Windows Server 2008

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