Have your Windows Server 2003 machine up and running and fully updated, and have
your installation CD in the CD-ROM tray, it will be needed for adding the files
for the web service installation.
1. Open the Control Panel.
2. Double-click Add/Remove Programs.
3. Click Add/Remove Windows Components on the left.
4. Highlight Application Server, click Details button.
5. Highlight Internet Information Services (IIS), click Details
6. Check World Wide Web Service.
7. Click OK, OK, Next.
8. Now the web service will be installed from the Installation
CD that's in the CD-ROM.
9. Click Finish. The web service is now installed.
10. Close Add/Remove Programs dialog box, and close the Control
11. To verify the web service is working properly, open Internet
Explorer, and go to the web address of your IP address, example : http://ipaddress,
and you will see something like the picture below:
12. Now we need to configure the web service. Click Start,
Administration Tools, Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. In IIS
Manager, expand Web Sites, right-click Default Web Site, choose Properties.
13. The Web Site tab is the first tab shown. You can leave the
default settings if you wish. If you want your site to use a different port
number, it would be changed here, from port 80 to the desired port.
14. Click the Performance tab. Here is where you would set the
bandwidth throttling and the web site connections limit if desired.
15. Click the Home Directory tab, change Local Path if desired,
and select the directory browsing checkbox if desired. With directory browsing
selected, if a homepage isn't set for a directory, visitors will see a list of
files in that directory, like the picture below:
16. Click the Documents tab. This is what the "homepage" will be
in the main directory if an explicit webpage is not typed in. For example, when
you visit my site www.djdingo.com, it
actually goes to
www.djdingo.com/index.html See picture below:
13. Click the Add... button and type in "index.html".
14. Now remove all documents from the list but index.htm and
index.html. My suggestion would be to put index.html first on the list.
15. The enable document footer option will place the same .html
page at the end of every page. You can make a footer page and enable this option
to put the footer page at the end of every page without doing it manually every
16. Click the Directory Security tab. The IP address and domain
name restrictions Edit button is probably the most important button on this
page. It will allow you to set the website to allow any users but the ones
listed, or deny all users but the ones listed. Use if desired.
17. The Custom Error tab will allow you to define specific error
pages. Example-if someone goes to a page that does not exist on your website,
they would normally see a plain page that displays "page cannot be found". With
custom error pages, you can make up your own custom error pages and display them
for the corresponding error messages, if desired.
18. Click OK to close the Properties dialog box.
19. To make directories in your website, right-click Default Web
Site, choose New..., Virtual Directory... This starts the Virtual
Directory Creation Wizard.
20. Click Next. It will prompt you for the alias. This is what
visitors will see or use to access the directory. Example-http://ipaddress/aliasname
In my example, I called the directory "CD".
21. Click Next. This will define the path of the files you would
like to share on the website. Either enter the path in the box, or click Browse
to select the directory. In my example, I am sharing the CD-ROM drive, so I
chose the D: drive.
22. Click Next. The next step is to set the permissions that
visitors have over those shared files. Read must be selected otherwise they
cannot see the files. The Browse permission works like the directory browsing
option we saw earlier, allows users to explore deeper into shared folders. In my
example, I selected Read and Browse.
23. Click Next then Finish. You have completed the wizard.
24. Now in the IIS Manager window, you will see the new
directory you have shared and the files within it. Since my alias was "CD" and
the directory was the CD-ROM, it shows the files on the D: drive.
25. Now with that directory shared in my example, when a visitor
visits the page http://myipaddress/CD they will see the example show
26. In my example, since I chosen the Browse permission, it
allows users to visit folders within the original shared folder. See picture
27. Also to mention, if you right-click the shared directory in
IIS Manager, each directory has configurations you can change like the original
website configurations. In my example, you will see the properties window for
the CD directory. See picture below: