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.

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

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:

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

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

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

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:

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:

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:


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