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How to enable IIS on WindowsIn addition to our cloud hosted version of our MIDAS room booking software, we also offer a downloadable version which may be run on your own server.
Did you know Windows comes with a built-in web server?
Windows IIS (Internet Information Services) server is disabled by default, but may be enabled by following the steps below.
Looking for an alternative web server for Windows? Try Apache instead
- Step 1 - Open Windows Features
- Step 2 - Select Features
- Step 3 - Apply Changes
- Step 4 - Provisioning Complete
- Step 5 - Start IIS
- Step 6 - Test IIS
Step 1 - Open Windows FeaturesClick the Start button and begin typing "windows features" until the "Turn Windows features on or off" option appears, and select it:
Step 2 - Select featuresScroll down and tick the "Internet Information Services" option:
Expand the feature by clicking the small "+" to the left of the box you just selected.
Further expand the "World Wide Web Services" and then the "Application Development Features" sub menus, and tick the "CGI" option:
If you don't select the CGI option, then when you come to configure IIS for Perl you may receive errors about required modules not being in the module list.
Step 3 - Apply ChangesClick OK, and a progress dialog will appear whilst Windows enables the features you've selected:
Step 4 - Provisioning CompleteOnce provisioning of the selected features is complete, the dialog will show:
Now IIS has been enabled, you'll now need to start it...
Step 5 - Start IISPress your Windows key + R (or Start Menu → Run) to open the Run dialog.
In the Run dialog type "inetmgr" and press Enter/Click OK.
In the Internet Information Services (ISS) Manager window, select the "Default Web Site" from the left panel, and then click "Start" under the "Manage Website" actions in the right panel:
Step 6 - Test IISOpen your web browser and navigate to 127.0.0.1. If IIS is up and running you should see a welcome screen, such as:
Now that you have a web server installed, next you'll need to install Perl and a database before you can install MIDAS.
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