Enabling and Setting Up IIS



A DNN installation with folder permissions for the user account that will run your website.



  • DNN Platform
  • Evoq Content
  • Evoq Engage


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Enabling IIS

  1. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.


  2. Under Internet Information Services (IIS), turn on the following:
    • Web Management Tools:
      • IIS Management Console
    • World Wide Web Services:
      • Application Development Features: ASP.NET 3.5 and 4.7
      • Common HTTP Features: Default Document and Static Content
      • (Optional) Security: Basic Authentication
    • Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core



  3. Click OK and wait for the process to complete.


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Creating a New Website and Pointing it to the DNN Installation Folder

  1. Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the Connections panel, expand your host tree, right-click on Sites, and choose Add Website.


  3. Enter the new website's name and choose the location. The location should be the directory where you extracted the DNN .zip file you downloaded.


  4. Enter the desired Host name.

    If setting up a local development environment, you can use www.dnndev.me (or any subdomain). This is a registered domain which points to the loopback address, so it will always resolve locally.

    If setting up a live website, use your website's domain.



  5. Click OK and continue to setting up your SQL database.



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    Deniz Yavas

    If you are facing issues "Failed to load resource: the server responded with a status of 401 (Unauthorized)" when opening your website for the first time.

    Fix Steps:

    1. Open Authentication panel for your website in IIS
    2. Right click on Anonymous Authentication and select Edit
    3. Select Application pool identity and Click Ok.
    4. Refresh the browser.

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