Getting Started with IIS 6.0 (IIS 6.0)

This section includes general information about key features and changes in this version of Internet Information Services (IIS). It also includes information on how to install IIS and access IIS Manager to administer IIS sites, as well as links to resources on the Web.


To help minimize the attack surface of the server, IIS 6.0 is not installed on Windows Server 2003 by default. When you first install IIS 6.0, it is locked down -- which means that only request handling for static Web pages is enabled, and only the World Wide Web Publishing Service (WWW service) is installed. None of the features that sit on top of IIS are turned on, including ASP, ASP.NET, CGI scripting, FrontPageŽ 2002 Server Extensions from Microsoft, and WebDAV publishing. If you do not enable these features, IIS returns a 404 error. You can enable these features through the Enabling and Disabling Dynamic Content in IIS 6.0 node in IIS Manager. For more information about how to troubleshoot 404 errors and other issues, see Troubleshooting in IIS 6.0.

This section includes the following information:

IIS 6.0 Features: Describes key features in this version of IIS.

What's Changed: Describes important differences between IIS versions 4.0, 5.0, 5.1 and 6.0.

IIS Manager: Describes how to access the IIS graphical user interface.

Frequently Asked Questions about IIS 6.0: Answers common questions about IIS.

Additional IIS 6.0 Resources: Provides links to information on the Web.

Release Notes: Explains how to access late-breaking technical information, known problems, and information about how to get technical support for IIS.

Before Configuring IIS: Discusses server configurations that should be addressed before attempting to configure IIS.

Installing IIS: Describes various methods for installing IIS and how to add or remove components.

Uninstalling IIS: Describes two methods for removing IIS from your server.

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