How Do I Setup a Web Server in Windows 2016?


Larry Thompson

Setting up a web server in Windows 2016 is a crucial step in hosting your own website or application. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process, step by step.

Prepare Your Environment

Before setting up a web server, ensure that you have the following:

  • Windows Server 2016: Make sure you have a Windows Server 2016 installed and running.
  • Internet Connection: A stable internet connection is required for your web server to be accessible.
  • Static IP Address: Obtain a static IP address for your server to ensure consistent access.

Install Internet Information Services (IIS)

The first step is to install the Internet Information Services (IIS) feature on your Windows Server 2016. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Server Manager: Launch Server Manager from the taskbar or start menu.
  2. Add Roles and Features: Click on “Add roles and features” option from the main dashboard.
  3. Select Installation Type: Choose “Role-based or feature-based installation”.
  4. Select Destination Server: Select your server from the server pool.
  5. Select Server Roles: From the list of roles, locate “Web Server (IIS)” and check the box next to it. Click “Next”.
  6. Select Features: No additional features are required for basic web hosting.

    Click “Next”.

  7. Select Web Server Role Services: Choose additional role services if needed. For a basic setup, the default selections will suffice.
  8. Confirm Installation Selections: Review your selections and click “Install”.

Once the installation is complete, you will have IIS installed on your server.

Configure IIS for Your Website

With IIS installed, it’s time to configure it for hosting your website. Follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager: Launch the IIS Manager from the Start menu or search bar.
  2. Create a New Website: Right-click on “Sites” in the connections pane and select “Add Website”.
  3. Add Website Details: Enter a name for your website, specify the physical path to your web content, and assign it a port number.
  4. Select IP Address and Host Name: Choose the IP address for your website or leave it as “All Unassigned”. Add a host name if required.
  5. Create Application Pool: Create a new application pool or select an existing one.

    The application pool isolates websites from each other for better stability.

  6. Test Your Website: Open a web browser and enter the URL of your website using the assigned port number. If everything is set up correctly, you should see your website.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up a web server in Windows Server 2016 using Internet Information Services (IIS). Now you can host your own websites or applications with ease.


  • Security: Ensure that you regularly update your server’s security patches to protect against vulnerabilities.
  • Firewall Configuration: Adjust your firewall settings to allow incoming traffic on the assigned port number.
  • SSL Certificates: Consider obtaining and installing an SSL certificate for secure HTTPS connections.
  • Backup: Regularly backup your website files and databases to prevent data loss.

You are now ready to take advantage of your own web server running on Windows Server 2016. Happy hosting!

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