Connect to an Application by Using IIS Manager (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

By using IIS Manager, you can connect remotely to an application to configure IIS settings. Connecting remotely is helpful if you are an IIS Manager user or a Windows user who wants to configure your Web application through the UI, or if you are a server administrator who wants to save changes to the application in the application's Web.config file instead of in the server-level configuration files, ApplicationHost.config and the root Web.config.


To log on as an IIS Manager user or a Windows user, you must have been given the appropriate permissions and provided with logon information by a server administrator. Additionally, the server administrator must enable remote connections and must specify whether to accept only Windows credentials or both Windows and IIS Manager user credentials.

To connect to an application by using IIS Manager

  1. Open IIS Manager. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In the Connections pane, expand Create New Connection in the toolbar.

  3. Click Connect to an Application to open the Connect to Application Wizard.

  4. On the Specify Application Connection Details page:

    • In the Server name box, type the name of the server that hosts the site to which you want to connect. If you must specify a port number over which to connect, type the port number followed by a colon after the server name. For example, type WESTSRV01:8080. If you connect to an application that is hosted on the local computer, type localhost instead of the server name.

    • In the Site name box, type the friendly name of the site that contains the application to which you want to connect.

    • In the Application name box, type the friendly name of the application to which you want to connect.

  5. Click Next.

  6. On the Provide Credentials page, type a user name and password in the User name and Password boxes. These credentials can be for either a Windows account or an IIS Manager user account.

  7. Click Next.

  8. On the Specify a Connection Name page, in the Connection Name box, type a friendly name for your connection and then click Finish. This is the name that appears in the tree after the connection is made.

See Also


Managing Connections in IIS Manager (IIS 7)
Delegate Site and Application Management (IIS 7)