Are you a developer and searching for a way to access the Visual database remotely? If yes is your answer, then the first thing you need to do is to enable the IIS on the server. In this guide, I am going to explain the steps to enable Internet Information Server (IIS) on your Windows 7 PC.
By default, your Windows version may not come with IIS. You need to manually enable it in the Advanced Windows Features in Control Panel. But, the limitation here is, you will get access to some of the minimum features of IIS if you install it through Control Panel.
If you need additional IIS features, such as Web Management Tools or Application Development Features, make sure that you have selected the check box associated with them in Windows Features Dialog box. By enabling IIS on the server, you are going to create a Website server which the clients use to connect to HTTP or HTTPS (for SSL).
Steps To Install And Enable Internet Information Server (IIS) In Windows 7:
Step 1: To get started, first click on Windows icon and select the Control Panel link.
Step 2: This will now open up the control panel window as shown below. If by default, your control panel is set to large icons view, you need to navigate to the category view by clicking on the View By drop-down in the top right corner.
Step 3: Now click on Turn Windows Feature On or Off link under Programs and Features from the list of Programs options.
Step 4: List of available Windows features will be opened up in a dialog box as shown in the screenshot below.
Step 5: Scroll down until you find Internet Information Service, and select the check box to enable IIS service on your Windows 7 PC.
Note: The similar steps can be followed to enable IIS in all other versions of Windows like Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows XP.
Step 6: Click OK to enable the service. Now the IIS service will be enabled on your computer, and the process may take a while.
Step 7: Once the service is enabled, Windows will prompt you to restart your computer to apply the changes. Click on Restart Now button.
Step 8: The Internet Information Service is now enabled with default configurations on your Windows PC. To confirm the installation, type http://localhost in your browser and hit enter. You should see the below screen.
Step 9: To open the IIS manager, go to start, and type inetmgr in the Search box and hit enter.
That’s it. The Internet Information Services (IIS) is now enabled on your Windows 7 PC.
If you encounter any issues while following this tutorial, do let me know using the comments section below.