Connect to a Web Server by Using IIS Manager (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

By using IIS Manager, you can connect to a Web server remotely to configure IIS settings. This is helpful if you cannot log on to the Web server directly or the server is not configured to use Terminal Server for remote administration.


Only Web server administrators on a Web server can remotely connect to the server by using IIS Manager. Additionally, the server administrator must enable remote connections and must specify whether to accept only Windows credentials or both Windows and IIS Manager user credentials.

To connect to a Web server by using IIS Manager

  1. Open IIS Manager. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In the Connections pane, expand Create New Connection in the toolbar.

  3. Click Connect to a Server to open the Connect to Server Wizard.

  4. On the Specify Server Connection Details page, in the Server name box, type the name of the server to which you want to connect. If you must specify a port number over which to connect, type the port number followed by a colon after the server name. For example, type WESTSRV01:8080. To connect to the local computer, type localhost instead of the server name.

  5. Click Next. On the Provide Credentials page type a user name and password in the User name and Password boxes.

  6. Click Next.

  7. On the Specify a Connection Name page, in the Connection Name box, type a friendly name for your connection and then click Finish. This is the name that appears in the tree after the connection is made.

See Also


Managing Connections in IIS Manager (IIS 7)
Delegate Site and Application Management (IIS 7)