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Installing IIS 8

This is a step-by-step guide with details for the installation of IIS 8.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2, or Windows Server 2016.


An IIS Server is required to be able to install the ColdFusion app server for Lawtrac.

Note: IIS 8 is the only version of IIS that can be installed on Windows Server 2012 and later.


  1. Open the Control Panel.
    1. In Server 2012, this can be accomplished in one of two ways:
      1.  Left click the Start button in the lower left and then locate and click on the square tile containing Control Panel.
      2. Right click the start button in the lower left, and left click the Control Panel option.
  2. Start the Add Roles and Features Wizard. This option may be under Programs | Programs and Features.
    • Select Turn Windows Features On or Off.
    • Ensure the stated requirements are met, and then click Next to proceed to Installation Type section.
    • Role-based or Feature-based Installation should be checked here. Click Next to proceed to the Server Selection section.
    • Select a Server from the Server Pool should be selected, with the server on which IIS 8 is to be installed highlighted in the Server Pool box. Click Next to proceed to the Server Roles section.
    • In the Roles box, scroll to Web Server (IIS) and a pop-up should appear, asking if you want to "Add features that are required for Web Server (IIS)". Ensure that Include Management Tools (if applicable) is checked before clicking Add Features. Click Next to proceed to the Features section.
    • The default settings in the Features section are adequate, so click Next to proceed.
    • Click Next in the Web Server Role (IIS) section to proceed to Role Services.
    • In the Role Services box, Web Server should be checked, as well as a number of sub-sections. Not all of them need to be selected. Ensure that the following have check-marks next to them before clicking Next:
      • Common HTTP Features
        • Default Document
        • Directory Browsing
        • HTTP Errors
        • Static Content
      • Health and Diagnostics
        • HTTP Logging
        • Request Monitor
      • Performance
        • Static Content Compression
      • Security
        • Request Filtering
      • Management Tools
        • IIS Management Console
    • On the Confirmation page, verify the role services and features that are selected. Select Restart the Destination Server Automatically if Required to restart the destination server if the settings need to take immediate effect.
      1. To save the configuration information to an XML-based file that you can use for unattended installations with Windows PowerShell, select Export Configuration Settings, move to the appropriate path in the Save as Dialog box, enter a file name of your preference, then click Save.
    • When you are ready to start the installation process on the Confirmation page, click Install.
    • After the installation is complete, it is safe to click Close. Confirm that the Web server works by opening a Web browser, and verify\ that a blue “Internet Information Services” Web page is displayed when you use the http://localhost address.
  3. Return to the Add Roles and Features Wizard again using the first few points outlined in Step 2 above.
    1. Proceed back to the Server Roles section by continually pressing Next until Server Roles is highlighted on the left.
    2. Scroll down to Web Server (IIS) and expand it by clicking on the arrow to the left of the checkbox.
    3. Expand Web Server.
    4. Click the checkbox next to Application Development and then check the boxes for the features listed below. Note that for some of them, the “Add features that are required…” box will appear when the box is checked. Simply click on the Add Features button to continue each time one pops up:
      1. .NET Extensibility 4.5
      2. ASP
      3. ASP.NET 4.5
      4. CGI
      5. ISAPI Extensions
      6. ISAPI Filters
    5. When finished, keep clicking on Next until the confirmation.
    6. After the installation is complete, it is safe to click Close.
  4. To be able to show helpful error messages for errors within Lawtrac (rather than a "500 server error" page), a setting will need to be checked within the IIS Manager.
    1. Click the Start Menu.
    2. After the start screen appears, type "IIS" and a search entry for Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager should appear. Select that entry.
    3. In the navigational area to the left, in the Connections box, click the server name.
    4. The middle content pane should have a variety of icons displayed. Double-click the Error Pages icon.
    5. In the right Actions pane, select Edit Feature Settings...
    6. Select the Detailed Errors option in the middle and press OK. It is safe to dismiss any pop-up windows that appear asking for confirmation of this.
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