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Install BITS Server Extensions

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To install BITS Server Extensions

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.

  2. Select Add or Remove programs and then click Add or Remove Windows Components.

  3. From the Windows Components Wizard, select Application Server, and then click Details.

  4. In the Application Server dialog box, check Internet Information Services (IIS), and then click Details.

  5. In the Internet Information Services (IIS) dialog box, check Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Server Extensions.

    By default, both the BITS server extension ISAPI and the BITS management console snap-in are installed. To deselect either one, click Details in the Internet Information Services (IIS) dialog box to open the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) server extension dialog box.

  6. Close the IIS and Application Server dialog boxes to return to the Windows Component Wizard. Then click Next to begin the installation of BITS Server Extensions as part of Application Server. The wizard completes the installation.


  • To install BITS Server Extensions, you must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer, or you must have been delegated the appropriate credentials. If the computer is joined to a domain, members of the Domain Admins group might be able to perform this procedure. As a security best practice, consider using the runas command to perform this procedure. For Windows 2000 Server family products, see the online Help documentation or go to Windows 2000 product Documentation and select Help for the appropriate product.

  • You might need your Windows Server 2003 family CD available when you install BITS Server Extensions, in case the installation process requires additional files.

  • You can install BITS on Windows 2000 Server by installing the Platform SDK Redistributables for Windows 2000. Windows 2000 Server uses IIS 5. For help using IIS 5, see Windows 2000 Server Documentation for Internet Information Services.

  • To install BITS on a client computer, open the SUPPORT\TOOLS directory on the Windows XP Professional CD, disk image, or network directory, and double-click SUPTOOLS.EXE. The BITS tool file is Bitsadmin.exe.

  • Internet Information Services is installed on the server you are using when the console opens. If you want to connect to another computer, add that computer in the Connect to Computer dialog box by right-clicking Internet Information Services in the console tree and selecting Connect.