IIS 6.0 on Win 2003: Installing, Assigning, Removing Server Roles Page 3

Setting Server Roles

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Server Roles in Windows Server 2003 enable the administrator to configure specific roles for the system using the Configure Your Server wizard.

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

From this screen you can add a role to your existing server, which will allow you to configure it for a specific task. The current role is managed from this page as well.

At this point, you can pick one of the following roles (the titles of which are all self-explanatory).

  1. File server
  2. Print server
  3. Application server
  4. Mail server
  5. Terminal server
  6. Remote access/VPN server
  7. Domain controller
  8. DNS server
  9. DHCP server
  10. Streaming media server
  11. WINS server

The steps for configuring the server in any role are pretty straightforward. Select Add or Remove a Role from the main Manage Your Server window to launch the Configure Your Server wizard. Once you have read the information on the screen, verified that all of the network connections are verified, and you have the needed installation path information to the Windows Server 2003 setup files (or the CD), click Next to continue.

The setup wizard will test the available and enabled network connections and go to the Server Role screen.

Here, you will be able to set up the server for one or more roles. To set up a second or third role for a server you must run the Configure Your Server wizard again, as only one role can be established at a time.

In the following example, we have selected the Application Server role to configure the system as an IIS 6.0 server. Note that this is the only way to perform the installation of IIS 6.0 using the Configure Your Server Wizard; there is no "IIS 6.0" role, just the Application Server role.

The next screen varies from role to role, as it relates to the function of the role we have chosen. Different roles will generate different subsequent screens depending on the installation of the role picked. For our Application Server role, the next screen is the Application Server Options page, which will allow us to select (or to not select) additional tools, such as FrontPage Server Extensions, or to enable ASP.NET by selecting the appropriate checkboxes.

The next screen is the Summary of Selections, which presents the options elected to install. This is in direct contrast to the Configure Your Server wizard, which offered no options for installing additional services, such as FTP, NNTP and SMTP, and they are not added by default when you establish the server role this way.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD -- To specify additional services or other customizable settings you must run the entire installation from Add or Remove Programs from the Control Panel.

From here, IIS 6.0 is installed and configured automatically by the Configure Your Server wizard without any further administrator intervention. During the install, the Windows Components wizard will appear as software is installed from the software distribution point or the original CD-ROM.

Once the process is complete the final page of the Configure Your Server wizard appears stating, "This Server is Now an Application Server" (or whichever type was chosen).

If you opt to review your Configure your Server.log file at this time, you will see the following information:

(3/4/2003 1:03:51 PM)
Configurations for an Application Server

IIS installed successfully. 

The next steps for this role are viewable by selecting that hyperlink from the Configure Your Server wizard completion page.

This will open the Help File for Configure Your Server, and it will bring you right to the next steps: completing additional tasks page that highlights additional tasks you might want to perform on the application server.

If you go to Start - All Programs - Administrative Tools - you will see that the Internet Information Services Manager MMC is now installed.

A quick look reveals that only the World Wide Web service is installed. FTP, NNTP, and SMTP are not added by default when the server role is established this way.

Also, if the Configure Your Server wizard is run again, you will see that the role of Application Server will show up on the main screen of the Manage Your Server wizard in the section that reads "Your server has been configured with the following roles:"

It will also show any other roles that might be configured on the server.

Original date of publication, 07/31/2003

This article was originally published on Feb 1, 2008
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