We currently use Windows XP with IIS 5 on our development machine. Recently, I needed to work on the project at home, and I decided to use my laptop instead of having to bring my desktop home. Problem is, my laptop is configured with Windows Server 2008 R2 and IIS 7.5. After getting my laptop ready for use, I needed to attach my ASP.NET website project to IIS 7.5. After timeless searching on Google, reading thousands of articles, I found no answer. I decided to do it myself (which often is the best option) and got it working in almost no time. I wrote this article to help anyone out there who either (a) struggles to get it working or (b) needs to do this in the future. Use it, don't use it, it's up to you. I suggest that you adapt this article if you are not using Windows Server 2008 R2. Google is usually helpful here.
Installing IIS 7.5
At this point, I assume you already have your website project and all related technologies on the target system. Click Start, then point to Administrative Tools and select Server Manager. On the left-hand side, you will see a list of items. Select right-click on Roles and select Add Roles. If the welcome page shows, click Next. Then you will be presented with a dialog that asks you to select all the roles of your choice ("Select one or more roles to install on this server."). Select the Web Server (IIS) option.
IMPORTANT: Ensure that all sub-items under Web Server (IIS) are also selected. Click Next/Install. Your system will require a restart to continue the IIS Installation.
Configuring IIS 7.5
Now that you have restarted your computer, click Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. Expand your server name, then expand Sites. Right-click on Default Web Site and select Add Virtual Directory.
Now type in an alias (it will appear as localhost/(youralias) when browsing), then select the actual path of your website. It is highly recommended to keep all hosted websites within one folder located in C:\ (e.g. C:\Websites\Website1). This way, some privilege issues will not occur when running the application on a Windows 7/2008 R2 machine.
Expand the Default Web Site. Right-click on your newly created website and select Convert to Application.
Configuring Access Permissions
With the introduction of enhanced UAC in Windows Server 2008 R2, you will already know by this time that at some point there will be an access privilege issue. First, we will configure IIS to use an impersonation account instead of the default IISPool account.
Click on your website in the connections view. On the right-hand side, a page will open presenting you with a lot of options. In the IIS section, double-click on Authentication.
Once the Authentication page is open, right-click on ASP.NET Impersonation and select Enable. Now you have successfully configured IIS and its authentication method. Now, we need to configure SQL Server to allow this impersonated account to access the databases. First, open SQL Server Management Studio.
Expand the Security item listed in the Object Explorer (all images relates to SQL Server 2008 R2).
Right-click on Logins and select New Login. In the dialog that just opened, click Search. Within the Object Search dialog, select Advanced. Now click Find Now.
Select IUSR and click OK. Click OK once again. If, at the end of this article, you still experience SQL Login problems, try adding more Server Roles in the Server Roles tab.
Click on the User Mappings tab. Select all the databases listed and finally, select the database your application uses. In the option box below it, select all the role options listed. Now click OK.
Open your favorite browser, and type in the address bar localhost/(youralias). Voila!
I provide software and website development services to local and international businesses and also work for a software development company in South Africa.
At first I started with VB.NET up until a few months ago where I switched to C# and ASP.NET. I've been actively programming for 3 years. My main specialty is desktop ("WinForms") applications with web integration, however, I also develop website applications completely customized according to customer specifications allowing complete content management.