Enabling and Setting Up IIS

Information

Prerequisites

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

 

Environment

  • DNN Platform
  • Evoq Content
  • Evoq Engage

 

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Process

Enabling IIS

  1. Check compatible versions.
  2. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.
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  3. 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 4.6
      • Common HTTP Features: Default Document and Static Content
      • (Optional) Security: Basic Authentication
    • Internet Information Services Hostable Web Core

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You can create a new website or set up an existing one for use with DNN. Choose one of the next two options:

 

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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.
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  3. Enter the new website's name and choose the location.
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  4. Enter the desired Host name.

    Developers and Designers: 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 127.0.0.1 loopback address, so it will always resolve locally.

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


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Using a Pre-Existing IIS Website

  1. In the Connections panel, right-click on the name of the existing website, and choose Edit Bindings...
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  2. In Site Bindings, click Add..., and then in Add Site Binding, enter the Host name.

    Developers and Designers: 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 127.0.0.1 loopback address, so it will always resolve locally.

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


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If you do not use "NETWORK SERVICE" as the user account to run your website, verify that IIS AppPool\AppPoolName has Full or Modify permissions for the DNN installation folder. The IIS AppPool\AppPoolName account is automatically created by IIS.

 

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