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Installing the Web Service on Windows Server 2003

This tutorial will walk you through installing the Web service on Windows Server 2003. This will allow you to make your Windows Server 2003 machine a web server by using IIS. Click on each thumbnail for a larger view.

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 button.

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 Panel.

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, it actually goes to 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 time.

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 below:

26. In my example, since I chosen the Browse permission, it allows users to visit folders within the original shared folder. See picture below:

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:

Now you have installed, configured and started the IIS Web service on your Windows Server 2003 machine. If you are using a router with multiple machines on your network, be sure to use the Port Forwarding option on your router so that all web traffic that hits your router will go to the web server PC, and be sure to allow that port on your firewall too. Also when configuring permissions for files, put the permissions as strict as possible while still allowing visitors to do what you want them to do. The more relaxed the permissions, the more damage someone can do to your web server and your web files.

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