Remove Server Roles in Windows Server 2003

By Jason Zandri (Send Email)
Posted Mar 21, 2003


Internet Information Services 6 is included on the Windows Server 2003 operating system installation CD-ROM (or source files, if you installed the operating system through a network share) just as its predecessor Internet Information Services 5 was available with Windows 2000 Server. Unlike IIS5 however, it is not installed by default with the operating system. Carefully managing the services your Windows server provides is a good way to conserve resources and keep a lid on security. Jason Zandri explains how to use the 'Remove Server Roles' Wizard in Windows Server 2003 to slim down your server's profile.

One way to install IIS6 is to run the Manage Your Server Wizard to manage server roles. Server Roles in Windows Server 2003 allow you as the Administrator to configure specific roles for your system by using the Configure Your Server Wizard.

Depending on your settings, the Manage Your Server window may be automatically available upon login. If it is not automatically available it can be found on the Start Menu under All Programs - Administrative Tools.

My last article went through the installation of IIS6 by using the Configure Your Server Wizard and configuring the server role of the system as an Application Server. As you can see by the image below, once the Configure Your Server Wizard has been run to complete an install in this fashion, (an Application Server in this case to set up our IIS6 service) it will show up on the main screen of the Manage Your Server wizard that "Your server has been configured with the following roles:".

As the walkthrough showed, only the World Wide Web service was installed. FTP, NNTP and SMTP are not added by default when you establish the server role in this way.

You could have also gone about adding IIS6 services by going to the Control Panel and selecting Add/Remove Programs and choosing Add/Remove Windows Components.

We will remove the server role of Application Server (which will also remove IIS6) by running the Manage Your Server Wizard in order to install IIS6 and all of the components via the Control Panel and selecting Add/Remove Programs and choosing Add/Remove Windows Components. (My next article will outline the installation piece of IIS6 from the Control Panel.)

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