IIS Management Console to connect to a remote IIS Server

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If you want to use the IIS Management Console on a technicians computer then you may run into the problem that a lot of people have – simply installing the IIS components and console on the technicians machine will not work.

This is because it will only connect to the localhost – you need to add an extension to allow you to connect to a remote server.

Instructions

So, you should follow these steps to fully complete the process to allow the IIS Manager Console to connect to a remote server.

Windows Features

First of all, you will need to go into your Programs and Features and click on the Turn Windows features on or off link on the left side column:

Windows Programs and Features
Windows Programs and Features

This will then bring up another dialog box and you should scroll down and add the IIS Management Console feature:

Turn Windows Features on or off
Turn Windows Features on or off

This will then start the installation of the feature so allow that to continue and complete:

Windows Features Installation Searching for required files
Windows Features Installation Searching for required files

Once complete you can go ahead and click the Close button:

Windows Features Successfully Installed
Windows Features Successfully Installed

IIS Management Console

Now when you open the IIS Management Console you will see that there is no way of connecting to a remote server, it will only connect to the localhost:

IIS Management Console
IIS Management Console

IIS Extension

So at this point, you now need to go and download the IIS extension that we mentioned earlier in this guide. You can get the download by clicking the link below:

IIS Console Extension

Once you have downloaded this file (its 1.7mb and an MSI file) then you should run through the installer:

IIS extension installation wizard page 1
IIS extension installation wizard page 1

Once the install is complete, go ahead now and reopen the IIS Management Console and then you will notice that you can now click on Connect to a server to manage your remote IIS server:

IIS Management Console
IIS Management Console

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