Configuring IIS For Dynamic Content (IIS 6.0)

When you install IIS 6.0, it is locked down—only request handling for static Web pages is enabled, and only the World Wide Web Publishing Service (WWW service) is installed. By default, features, such as ASP, ASP.NET, Server-Side Includes Events, WebDAV publishing, and FrontPageŽ Server Extensions do not work unless they are enabled. If you do not enable this functionality after installing IIS, IIS returns a 404 error. For more information about how to troubleshoot 404 errors, including 404.2 and 404.3 errors; issues related to a new installation of IIS 6.0; or an upgrade from an earlier version of IIS, see Troubleshooting in IIS 6.0.


If you install the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 development system with IIS 6.0 to host Web applications or XML Web services, you must enable ASP and FrontPage Server Extensions.

You can configure these request handlers, which are called Web service extensions, by manipulating the Web Service Extensions node in IIS Manager.

This section includes the following information:—

Enabling and Disabling Dynamic Content in IIS 6.0: Explains how to enable or disable an individual Web service extension that is registered in the Web Service Extensions node in IIS Manager. Also discusses how to disable all Web Service extensions at once.

Adding a Web Service Extension: Describes how to register a Web service extension so that it appears in the Web Service Extensions node in IIS Manager.

Renaming a Web Service Extension: Explains how to rename a Web service extension that you have added to the list of Web service extensions in IIS.

Configuring an Application to Call a Web Service Extension: Describes how to specify which Web service extensions an application can call.

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