How To remotely manage IIS from Client Computers

Several months ago we had one IIS server, and connecting to it over RDP was not a problem.

But now, since we got 4 IIS server on F5 NLB, Its quite problematic to connect to 4 IIS servers over RDP.
So I managed to install IIS administration, and Iā€™m about to show you how.

First of all when installing IIS on the server, also check Management Service

When Installed


open IIS console, navigate to Management Service and open it.

Check Enable remote connections
If you plan to have local IIS managers, check Windows credentials or IIS Manager credentials
If you plan to manage IIS only with domain users, then check Windows credentials only

Leave IP address All Unassigned with manage port 8172 (IF YOU HAVE FIREWALL ENABLED, YOU MUST CREATE INBOUND RULE FOR THE PORT 8172)
For SSL certificate choose Server certificate (FQDN of the server)

And for more security, you can configure if you want to allow or deny some IP address on your LAN or WAN network. Depends from where are you planning to mange IIS.

When you completed the configuration, on the right side, press Apply ,and then Start.
One more step is to allow users to remotely connect to IIS server. Open IIS Manager Users.

For remote local admin users on IIS
On the right side press Add User.
User name: username
Password: Password from domain

This was configuration on the server, for more servers, repeat these steps on all of them. If you have NLB, you must do this on all of them!

Now, on the client side:
Go to Add Programs and Features and click on Turn Windows Features on or off
Click under Internet Information Services ā€“ Web Management Tools ā€“ IIS Management Console

After installation, download IIS Manager for Remote Administration 1.2, this gives you option to connect to remote server or site.
After installation, open your local IIS Manager, and connect to remote server:
Username must be entered with suffix, or else it will return an error Unauthorised.
Enter domain password for that user.

Enter the name of connection

When done, you will have a list of remotely managed IIS servers.

Good Luck

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