Apache is the most popular web server but Microsoft’s IIS is fast gathering pace. IIS 8 has introduced many popular features to the Microsoft web server to bring its competitive level on par with its counterparts. IIS 8 is only present in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. Today let’s see how to set up a web server in Windows Server 2012.
Open Server Manager, on the Local server click on “Add Roles and Features”.
The Add Roles and Features wizard appears. with a default warnings page. Click on “Next”.
On the Installation type page, Select “Role based or Feature based selection” and click on “Next”.
On the Server Selection page, Select the server on which you want to install the web server. Since I have only one server installed, I selected that. Click on Next.
On the Server Roles page, select the role of “Web Server” and click on “Next”.
On the Features page, click on “Next” since we don’t need any additional features to be installed for the web server.
A web Server Role page opens which is somewhat like a summary page. Click on “Next”.
A Role Services page opens. Select the services you want to install for your web server. If you are not sure, continue with the default services by clicking on “Next”.
On the Confirmation page, Click on “Install”.
The installation will take a few minutes. After the installation is finished, Click on “Close”.
To check if your web server is successfully installed, open Internet Explorer and type ‘localhost’. If you see the below IIS8 displayed, you have successfully installed a web server on your Windows Server 2012.