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IIS Manager Feature Overview


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012

IIS Manager is the IIS 8 UI that helps you perform the following tasks:

  • Manage IIS and ASP.NET in one tool.

  • View health and diagnostic information that includes the ability to view currently running requests in real time.

  • Configure user and role authorization for websites and web applications.

  • Connect to a web server, site, or application remotely using HTTP.

This document provides an overview of the online help for the features included in the IIS Manager UI.

IIS manager features

The following table shows the features of IIS Manager and their descriptions.



.NET Authorization Rules

Configure rules for authorizing users to access your websites and applications.

.NET Compilation

Manage ASP.NET application code configuration settings.

.NET Error Pages

Configure HTTP error responses to return when errors occur.

.NET Globalization

Configure .NET Framework globalization settings.

.NET Profile

Manage a list of profile properties that are used to track any custom information your application requires.

.NET Roles

Manage a list of user groups. User groups offer the ability to categorize a set of users and perform security-related operations, such as authorization, on a defined set of users.

.NET Trust Levels

Configure the level of code access security (CAS) that is applied to an application.

.NET Users

Manage a list of user identities for an application.

Application Pools

Manage a list of application pools on a web server.

Application Settings

Manage a list of key/value pairs that are stored in the Web.config file of your application.


Manage the list of applications in a website.


Manage a list of classic ASP configuration settings.


Configure the authentication methods that clients can use to gain access to your content.

Authorization Rules

Manage the list of Allow or Deny rules that control access to content.

Centralized Certificates

Configure and manage a central certificate store for a server farm.


Configure Common Gateway Interface (CGI) applications on the Web server.


Provide faster transmission times between IIS and compression-enabled browsers.

Configuration Editor

Manage your configuration files by pulling sections into IIS Manager.

Connection Strings

Manage a list of connection strings generally used by managed code applications.

Default Document

Configure the list of default documents (such as Default.htm).

Directory Browsing

Modify the content settings for browsing a directory on the web server.

Error Pages

Manage a list of custom HTTP error messages.

Failed Request Tracing Rules

Manage a list of tracing rules for failed requests.

FastCGI Settings

Use the Fast Common Gateway Interface (FastCGI) protocol to communicate with external applications.

Feature Delegation

Configure the delegation state of IIS Manager features for sites and applications on your web server.

FTP Authentication

Configure the authentication methods that FTP clients can use to gain access to your content.

FTP Authorization Rules

Manage the list of Allow or Deny rules that control access to content.

FTP Directory Browsing

Modify the content settings for browsing a directory on the FTP server.

FTP Firewall Support

Modify the settings for passive connections when FTP clients are connecting to an FTP server that is located behind a firewall server.

FTP IP Address and Domain Restrictions

Define and manage rules that allow or deny access to content for a specific IP address, a range of IP addresses, or a domain name or names.

FTP Logging

Configure logging features at the server or site level, and to configure logging settings.

FTP Logon Attempt Restrictions

Modify the number of times FTP allows a user to attempt unsuccessfully to log in within a specified time period before denying access to the IP address.

FTP Messages

Modify the settings for messages sent when a user connects to your FTP site.

FTP Network Security

Configure login security parameters and protect your FTP server from network-based attacks.

FTP Request Filtering

Manage the request filtering settings that allow Internet service providers (ISPs) and application service providers to restrict protocol and content behavior.

FTP Sites

Represents the UI components that are available on the IIS Manager Sites page when FTP is installed.

FTP SSL Settings

Manage encryption for both control channel and data channel transmissions between your FTP server and clients.

FTP User Isolation

Manage the user isolation mode and restrict users to their own directories.

Handler Mappings

Manage a list of handlers that process requests for specific file types.

HTTP Redirect

Configure how incoming requests are redirected to a new destination.

HTTP Response Headers

Manage a list of name and value pairs that contain information about a requested page, and to configure common HTTP headers.

IIS Manager

Represents the UI components available at the top level of IIS Manager.

IIS Manager Permissions

Manage IIS Manager users, Windows users, and members of Windows groups that are allowed to connect to a site or an application.

IIS Manager Users

Manage user accounts that can be permitted to connect to sites or applications on the web server.

IP Address and Domain Restrictions

Define and manage rules that allow or deny access to content for a specific IP address, a range of IP addresses, or a domain name or names.

ISAPI and CGI Restrictions

Manage a list of restrictions to ISAPI and CGI programs.

ISAPI Filters

Manage a list of .dll files that change or enhance the functionality provided by IIS.


Configure how IIS logs requests made to the web server and when new log files are created.

Machine Key

Configure hashing and encryption settings used for application services, such as view state, Forms authentication, membership and roles, and anonymous identification.

Management Service

Configure the management service that enables computer and domain administrators to remotely manage a Web server that uses IIS Manager.

MIME Types

Manage a list of Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) types so you can identify the types of content that can be served from a Web server to a browser or a mail client.


Manage a list of native and managed code modules that perform specific tasks in the request-processing pipeline, such as authentication or compression.

Output Caching

Configure output caching settings and to configure rules that control caching of served content.

Pages and Controls

Configure the settings of ASP.NET pages and controls.


Manage a list of providers.

Request Filtering

Configure filtering rules that let you restrict protocol and content behavior.

Server Certificates

View the names of certificates, the fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) of hosts to which certificates have been issued, and the FQDNs of the servers that issued the certificates.

Session State

Configure the behavior of information maintained across browser sessions.

Shared Configuration

Share IIS configuration files and encryption keys between one or more IIS servers.


Manage a list of sites on a web server.

SMTP E-mail

Configure delivery of e-mail from applications that use the System.Net.Mail API.

SSL Settings

Manage data encryption of transmissions between your server and clients.

Virtual Directories

Manage a list of virtual directories in an application.

WebDAV Authoring Rules

Manage the list of authoring rules that control access to content.

Worker Processes

Manage a list of worker processes running in application pools on a Web server.