Carefully managing the services your Windows server provides is a good way to conserve resources and keep a lid on security. Jason Zandri explains how to use the 'Remove Server Roles' Wizard in Windows Server 2003 to slim down your server's profile.
Internet Information Services 6 is included on the Windows Server 2003
operating system installation CD-ROM (or source files, if you
installed the operating system through a network share) just as its
predecessor Internet Information Services 5 was available with Windows
2000 Server. Unlike IIS5 however, it is not installed by default with
the operating system.
One way to install IIS6 is to run the Manage Your Server Wizard
to manage server roles. Server Roles in Windows Server 2003 allow you
as the Administrator to configure specific roles for your system by
using the Configure Your Server Wizard.
Depending on your settings, the Manage Your Server window may be
automatically available upon login. If it is not automatically
available it can be found on the Start Menu under All Programs -
My last article went through the installation of IIS6 by using the
Configure Your Server Wizard and configuring the server role of the
system as an Application Server. As you can see by the image below,
once the Configure Your Server Wizard has been run to complete an
install in this fashion, (an Application Server in this case to set up
our IIS6 service) it will show up on the main screen of the Manage
Your Server wizard that "Your server has been configured with the
As the walkthrough showed, only the World Wide Web service was
installed. FTP, NNTP and SMTP are not added by default when you
establish the server role in this way.
You could have also gone about adding IIS6 services by going to the
Control Panel and selecting Add/Remove Programs and choosing
Add/Remove Windows Components.
We will remove the server role of Application Server (which will
also remove IIS6) by running the Manage Your Server Wizard in
order to install IIS6 and all of the components via the Control Panel
and selecting Add/Remove Programs and choosing Add/Remove Windows
Components. (My next article will outline the installation piece of
IIS6 from the Control Panel.)
From the Manage Your Server welcome page (shown above), you will choose
Add or Remove a Role and you will be presented with the Preliminary
Steps screen where you can read the information and verify that all of
the network connections are available. You can also check to see if
you have the needed installation path information (or the cd) to the
Windows Server 2003 setup files.
From here, the setup wizard will test your available and enabled
network connections and bring you to the Server Role screen. If you
wanted to add another role to this Application Server you would choose
another role (File Server for example) and click next to
continue. This would allow the wizard to continue with installing the
new role. Since we wish to remove a role, we will select a role that
is already configured on the server and click NEXT to remove it.
On the Role Removal Confirmation screen you will see the summary of
what will be done to the system in order to remove the current
role. In some cases components will be removed and in others services
will be disabled.
The next step of the process is to remove the role, so this screen has
a check box that you must select before you can choose NEXT to
continue. (You may note that in the screen shot the box is not checked
and the NEXT button is not available.)
After you choose NEXT the wizard immediately begins to remove the
role. The "Are You Sure" prompt is the previous screen's checkbox and
the NEXT box is grayed out.
The removal process will call for the installation files (either from
the original distribution point or from the CD-ROM drive if the disk
is available) and a pop up box (shown below) will identify what is
occurring. If the disk or the distribution point is not available a
pop-up box will appear asking for the location of the files.
The final screen of the Configure Your Server Wizard shows (in this
case) that the Application Server role has been successfully removed
from the system.
You have the option of reviewing your Configure your Server log file,
which shows information from the original server role installation as
an Application Server and the current action of removing that role, by
selecting the link on the Configure Your Server Wizard completion
(3/4/2003 1:03:51 PM) Configurations for an Application Server IIS
(3/7/2003 8:50:16 PM) Removal of Application Server Role IIS
successfully removed. ASP.NET successfully disabled.
A quick look back on the Mange Your Server Wizard welcome page shows
that it no longer has any roles assigned to it.
The removal of the Application Server Role has uninstalled IIS6 and
removed the Internet Information Services MMC from the Administrator
Tools menu and the World Wide Web service is no longer present on the
Well, that wraps up this article. I hope you found it informative.
If you have any questions, comments or even constructive criticism,
please feel free to drop me a note. I want to write solid technical
articles that appeal to a large range of readers and skill levels and
I can only be sure of that through your feedback.
Until the next time, remember:
"Windows 2000 is almost 4 years old."
This article was originally published on Friday Mar 21st 2003