How Do I Deploy a Web Application in Windows Server 2012?


Angela Bailey

To deploy a web application in Windows Server 2012, you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Install Internet Information Services (IIS)

Before you can deploy your web application, you need to ensure that IIS is installed on your Windows Server 2012. IIS is a powerful web server that allows you to host and manage websites.

To install IIS, follow these steps:

  • Open the Server Manager: Press the Windows key, search for “Server Manager,” and click on it to open.
  • Add Roles and Features: In the Server Manager, click on “Manage” and select “Add Roles and Features. “
  • Select Installation Type: Choose “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click “Next. “
  • Select Destination Server: Select your server from the server pool and click “Next.

  • Select Server Roles: Scroll down and expand “Web Server (IIS). “
  • Select Role Services: Here, you can choose additional features like ASP.NET, CGI, etc., based on your application’s requirements. Once selected, click “Next. “
  • Confirm Installation Selections: Review your selections and click “Install” to start the installation process.

Step 2: Configure IIS

After successfully installing IIS, it’s important to configure it properly for deploying your web application.

Create a New Website

To create a new website in IIS, follow these steps:

  • Open IIS Manager: Press the Windows key, search for “IIS Manager,” and click on it to open.
  • Add a New Website: In the IIS Manager, right-click on “Sites” and select “Add Website.”
  • Specify Website Information: Enter a name for your website, specify the physical path to your web application’s root directory, and assign a unique port number or leave it as the default (80).
  • Configure Binding: Set the type of binding (HTTP or HTTPS) and specify the IP address if required.
  • Test Settings: Click on “Test Settings” to ensure everything is configured correctly.
  • Edit Basic Settings: Click on “OK” and then select your newly created website. Right-click on it and choose “Edit Bindings” to modify any settings if necessary.

Configure Application Pool

The application pool defines the runtime environment for your web application. To configure an application pool in IIS, follow these steps:

  • In IIS Manager, navigate to “Application Pools.

  • Add a New Application Pool: Right-click on “Application Pools” and select “Add Application Pool. “
  • Name the Application Pool: Enter a name for your application pool.
  • Select .NET CLR Version: Choose the appropriate .NET CLR version for your web application.
  • Set Managed Pipeline Mode: Choose either “Integrated” or “Classic” mode based on your application’s requirements.
  • Assign Application Pool to Website: Select your website, right-click on it, and choose “Manage Website” > “Advanced Settings.” From the dropdown, select your newly created application pool.

Step 3: Publish Your Web Application

Now that you have configured IIS and created a website, it’s time to publish your web application.

You can publish your web application using various methods such as FTP, Visual Studio, or manual file transfer. Here, we will cover the manual file transfer method:

Copy Web Application Files

To copy your web application files to the server, follow these steps:

  • Locate Your Web Application Files: On your local machine, navigate to the root directory of your web application.
  • Select and Copy Files: Select all the files and folders within the root directory and copy them.
  • Paste Files on Server: On the server, navigate to the root directory of your website (specified during website creation) and paste the copied files here.

Step 4: Test Your Web Application

Your web application is now deployed on Windows Server 2012 running IIS. To test it, follow these steps:

  • Open a Web Browser: Launch a web browser on any machine connected to the same network as your server.
  • Enter Website URL: In the address bar of the web browser, enter the URL of your website. It should be in the format: http://server_ip_address:port_number.
  • Explore Your Web Application: Browse through your web application and ensure all the pages, features, and functionalities are working correctly.

Congratulations! You have successfully deployed your web application on Windows Server 2012 using IIS. Now you can share your application with users and start serving your content over the internet!

Remember to regularly update and maintain your web application to ensure optimal performance and security.

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