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How to enable IIS on Windows

In 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

Click the Start button and begin typing "windows features" until the "Turn Windows features on or off" option appears, and select it:

Turn Windows Features on or off

Step 2 - Select features

Scroll down and tick the "Internet Information Services" option:

Install Internet Information Services (IIS)

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:

Enable CGI for Internet Information Services (IIS)

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 Changes

Click OK, and a progress dialog will appear whilst Windows enables the features you've selected:

Windows Features - Applying Changes

Step 4 - Provisioning Complete

Once provisioning of the selected features is complete, the dialog will show:

Windows completed the requested changes

Now IIS has been enabled, you'll now need to start it...

Step 5 - Start IIS

Press your Windows key + R (or Start Menu → Run) to open the Run dialog.

Run inetmgr

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:

Start IIS server

Step 6 - Test IIS

Open your web browser and navigate to If IIS is up and running you should see a welcome screen, such as:

Start IIS server

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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