Install and setup IIS Manager for Remote Administration in Windows Server IIS

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Written By Jan Reilink

Windows Server system administrator & enthusiast.

Learn how to install and configure IIS Manager for Remote Administration of your Windows Server IIS web server, in Windows 10. You can use IIS Manager to administer various components of your website through a graphical user interface (GUI), if it’s hosted in IIS.

You must have a computer with Windows 10 and .NET Framework version 4.0 or higher available to install IIS Manager. Certain tasks require administrator privileges. The installation is twofold, but first: What is Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager? IIS Manager is also called InetMgr.

About Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager for Remote Administration

Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager for Remote Administration provides end users and administrators with the ability to securely manage remote IIS servers (version 7 and above) from Windows clients (XP and above). A Web server administrator can perform almost all IIS administrative tasks while site owners and developers that have been delegated administrative privileges can use IIS Manager for Remote Administration to make allowed changes to the remote Web server. IIS Manager for Remote offers the same user interface available on Windows Server to ensure a more consistent experience when managing and configuring the Web server.

iis.net – IS Manager for Remote Administration 1.2

Install Internet Services Management Console

To install the Internet Services Management Console, you must have .NET Framework 4.0 or higher installed on your computer.

Install IIS Manager Console through Windows' turn features on or off
Install IIS Manager Console through Windows’ turn features on or off
  1. First you must install the Internet Services Management Console through your Control Panel: Programs → Turn Windows features on or off → Internet Information Services → Web Management Tools → IIS Management Console. Check this and click OK.
  2. Next, download and install IIS Manager for Remote Administration 1.2. Select the appropriate version for your Windows version (e.g inetmgr_amd64_en-US.msi):
Start-Process msiexec.exe -ArgumentList "/i inetmgr_amd64_en-US.msi /passive"
Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

IIS Manager for Remote Administration is an administration tool that provides end users and administrators with the ability to remotely manage IIS servers of version 7.0 and above

IIS Manager for Remote Administration 1.2 download

If you have accidentally installed Internet Information Services (IIS) completely, then you can easily remove IIS.

Start and use Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager in Windows 10

Start the desktop app Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager: click the Start button, and type (search for) inetmgr. Or Internet Information Services. The full executable path is C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\InetMgr.exe.

Inetmgr
InetMgr.exe is an executable file to launch the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager application in Windows 11/10.

Connect IIS Manager to your website

Substitute example.nl with your own website information and credentials. Start Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager (InetMgr) app

Start Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager in Windows Start Menu
Start Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager in Windows Start Menu

Click File and Connect to a Site…

IIS Manager Connect to a Site... menu option
IIS Manager Connect to a Site… menu option

Fill out your website host information and credentials:

Server Name: example.nl
Site Name: example.nl
→ klik Next

Specify Site Connection Details in IIS Manager
Specify Site Connection Details in IIS Manager

User name: your username, example.nl
Password: your password *********
→ klik Next

Provide website credentials for Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
Provide website credentials for Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

If requested, accept the server’s certificate and click Connect:

IIS Manager Server Certificate Alert
IIS Manager Server Certificate Alert

Connection Name: Give the connection to your website an easy to remember name.

Specify a Connection Name after the connection was successfully made in IIS Manager
Specify a Connection Name after the connection was successfully made in IIS Manager

Install Dependent Features if requested. Just click OK and install untill this is done.

New Features Available for Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
New Features Available for Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

And you’re all set! This is it. In a next post I’ll show you some of the settings you can make and change in your website’s configuration.

if you can’t connect to your site, and you are 100% sure about the login credentials, then perhaps you need to make a Windows registry change.

Could not connect to the specified computer

When Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager reports the following error:

Could not connect to the specified computer

Details: the underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send.

Could not connect to the specified computer. Details: the underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send.
Could not connect to the specified computer
Details: the underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send.

It is likely the webserver you are trying to connect to uses a newer version of the TLS protocol. Probably TLS 1.2 or even TLS 1.3. Since IIS Manager uses the .NET Framework in the background, you need to make sure you connect with the highest possible TLS version. Add the following registry values:

# # Transport Layer Security (TLS) best practices with the .NET Framework - Set the SchUseStrongCrypto and SystemDefaultTlsVersions registry keys # New-ItemProperty "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319" -Name SchUseStrongCrypto -Value 1 -PropertyType DWord New-ItemProperty "hklm:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319" -Name SystemDefaultTlsVersions -Value 1 -PropertyType DWord New-ItemProperty "hklm:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319" -Name SchUseStrongCrypto -Value 1 -PropertyType DWord New-ItemProperty "hklm:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\.NETFramework\v4.0.30319" -Name SystemDefaultTlsVersions -Value 1 -PropertyType DWord
Code language: CSS (css)

How to install IIS Web Management Service (WMSVC) using PowerShell in Windows Server Core

You may also need to install IIS Web Management Service (WMSVC) on Server Core, or you cannot connect with IIS Manager, this allows you to remotely manager your IIS webservers. Here I show you how to install WMSVC using PowerShell.

By default, there is no IIS Manager available on Windows Server Core. So you’ll need to install and configure IIS Web Management Service (WMSVC), which’ll allow you to manage your IIS server and web apps remotely. Here are the steps to install IIS Web Management Service (WMSVC) in Windows Server Core using PowerShell.

Install IIS Web Management Service for Remote IIS Administration and Management

  1. Open PowerShell as administrator
  2. Install the Remote Management Service
    1. Install-WindowsFeature Web-Mgmt-Service
  3. Update the registry to enable remote management
    1. Set-ItemProperty HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WebManagement\Server -Name EnableRemoteManagement -Value 1 -PropertyType DWORD -Force
    2. for additional security, set: Set-ItemProperty HKLM:SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WebManagement\Server -Name RequiresWindowsCredentials -Value 1 -PropertyType DWORD -Force
  4. Set the Web Management Service (WMSVC) to start automatically:
    1. sc.exe config WMSVC start=auto
    2. net start WMSVC
wmsvc management service in IIS
wmsvc management service in IIS

Configure your Windows firewall, add a rule

You need to add a rule so you are allowed to connect. The WMSVC listens on port 8172 TCP, let’s open that one up. By service name:

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="IIS Remote Management" dir=in action=allow service=WMSVC
Code language: PowerShell (powershell)

or by port number:

netsh advfirewall firewall add rule name="IIS Remote Management" dir=in action=allow protocol=TCP localport=8172
Code language: PowerShell (powershell)

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