How to manage IIS Server online

Hey folks, now it’s possible to manage your IIS (Internet Information Services) Server right from the browser. I’m here going to share the steps I was required to perform before it started running. It was simple though. Right now the service is in “Preview” mode, hope to see this launched very soon!

“To start, head over to https://manage.iis.net and download IIS Administration Setup.

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As soon the download starts, it shows you another screen waiting for the service to be installed and run, and let you proceed further.

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The installation failed twice. It asked me to install “Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64)” first and then asked to install “Microsoft .Net Core 1.0.1 Windows Server Hosting”. I had no other trouble during the installation. My machine config at the time is Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) / i5 / 12 GB.

I did an IIS reset and the waiting window started receiving signals 🙂 The first screen prompted me with a default port (PORT# 55539) on localhost address and asked me to supply an “Access Token”.

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The link below the input box lets you generate or refresh the access token. In the background it installed “Microsoft IIS Administation Service” exposing a web service on port 55539. I’m yet to figure out if the port it configurable.

Generate an access token and supply to the IIS Management form and you’re done. It also allows you to set how soon the access token should be expired.

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IIS Administration Setup needs to be installed on the machine running IIS Server. To manage any IIS server online you just need this Access Token.

So, the steps are as follow:

1. Install IIS Administration Setup and its dependencies on IIS Server machine. (It will install and start “Microsoft IIS Admistration” Service)

2. Generate Access Token on that machine

3. Use that token any where in the world to access IIS Server which belongs to the token. Make sure the port 55539 is allowed from the network you’re trying to access the IIS Server over the web.

Note: you can refresh the key anytime you want to (or an access token has been compromised).

Server and Website Administration is very smooth with the web console. All options from IIS Manager is available online and is very user friendly. You can do pretty much everything from the web console that comes available with IIS Manager on Windows.

Exploring websites:

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Creating a website:

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Managing IIS Server:

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I’ll leave rest of the exploration for you. Hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading!

Happy Learning 🙂

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