Installing and Configuring IIS

This blog guides you to installing and configuring IIS on your machine. IIS is a required tool to develop and work on ASP.NET applications on your machine.
To inspect the IIS manager, its installed or not, simply Go >> Start >> Run >> Input “inetmgr” press Enter. Else, follow the given below process:
If you have Windows 2000 or Windows XP Professional, you may have IIS already installed on your computer. IIS is part of the Windows operating system, but is not selected by default. So, if you choose the default options, when you installed the operating system, you may not have the IIS installed.
To find if you already have IIS installed or not, go to the "Control Panel" and select the "Administrative Tools". Check if there is a shortcut for the "Internet Information Services" exists as part of the "Administrative Tools". If it does not exist, you will need to install the IIS.
To install IIS, go to the "Control Panel" and select "Add Remove Programs". Select the option "Add/Remove Windows Components". Make sure the option "Internet Information Services (IIS)" is selected. If it is already selected, that means you already have IIS! If the checkbox for IIS is not checked, select it and press the "Next" button to proceed to install.
 Now, check this in your web browser by typing localhost.
The Windows Components Installation Wizard may prompt you to insert the CD for Windows. So, keep the Windows CD handy. Or, if you have the I386 folder copied to your hard drive, you can use that when you are prompted to insert the CD.