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How to install IIS during Vista VPN setup

In this step of our VPN setup guide, learn how to install IIS when configuring a VPN server for Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Now that you've built the Active Directory and certificate services infrastructure that the VPN server depends on, we'll configure the VPN server itself. The first step in the configuration process is to install IIS on the VPN server. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Server Manager console.
  2. Select the Roles container, and then click the Add Roles link found in the results pane.
    Vista VPN setup guide, part 2
    Learn how to configure Windows Vista workstations in part 2 of our Vista VPN setup guide.
  3. Windows will now launch the Add Roles wizard. Click Next to bypass the wizard's introductory screen.
  4. The wizard will now display a list of all of the available roles. Select the check box next to the Web Server (IIS) role, and click Next.
  5. You will now see an introductory screen for the IIS role. Click Next to skip this screen.
  6. The following screen displays all the various components that make up IIS. You must leave the default options selected, but you must also select the check boxes corresponding to each option in the Security section. After doing so, click Next.
  7. Click the Install button to begin the installation process. When the process completes, click the Close button.

Vista VPN setup guide, part 1

  Set up a domain controller
  Install DHCP services
  Install Active Directory Certificate Services
  Install IIS
  Request a machine certificate
  Install the Routing and Remote Access Service role
  Configure the VPN server
  Publish the Certificate Revocation List
  Make the CRL accessible

Brien Posey
About the author
Brien M. Posey, MCSE, is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for his work with Windows 2000 Server and IIS. Brien has served as the CIO for a nationwide chain of hospitals and was once in charge of IT security for Fort Knox. As a freelance technical writer he has written for Microsoft, TechTarget, CNET, ZDNet, MSD2D, Relevant Technologies and other technology companies. You can visit Brien's personal Web site at .

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