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Setting Up a Local Environment for IIS/ASP

ASP users need to ensure that Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed and running on their system. IIS comes free with Windows 2000 and XP Pro.

Depending on how Windows was first installed, you may already have IIS up and running. To determine whether you have IIS installed, look in Control Panel > Administrative Tools (Windows XP users need to switch to Classic View to see this option). If you see an icon in the list called Internet Information Services, then it is already installed. To verify that it is running, double-click the icon, and in the left side of the dialog, navigate down to Web Sites. In the right pane, you should see Default Web Site listed, and beside it, you should see the word Running. If it says Stopped, click the Start button to restart it.

To install and run IIS, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Add/Remove Programs utility in the Control Panel, and from there, select Add/Remove Windows Components.

    It takes Windows a couple minutes to analyze your machine and determine what is already installed. Once it has built a profile, you will see the Windows Components Wizard.

  2. From the list, check Internet Information Services, and click Next.

    The default setup should work fine for our purposes, so no further customization is needed. Once you click Next, Windows installs and starts IIS.

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