If you haven’t already check out the IIS Manager for Remote Administration you should add it to your list of things to do. It’s an excellent tool for remotely managing IIS 7 servers and/or sites.
First be sure you take care of the necessary prerequisites as mentioned in this blog post.
Then download and run the appropriate installation package on your server.
Of course you’ve got your standard license agreement page:
Then choose your destination folder:
Then confirm on the next screen and click Install to complete the server installation.
That’s it! Super simple!
Okay, now let’s do something with it. I have one of the FREE ASP.NET 4.0 RC test accounts from OrcsWeb that I want to remotely manage.
Open the newly installed Remote Management tools – you can find it right there in the start menu.
Once you open it you’ll just see your local machine listed initially.
For my specific needs, I’m going to choose “Connect to a site…”. Enter the Server name and Site name as provided during your hosting setup.
Then enter your username and password that was also provided when your hosting account was setup.
The last screen let’s you name the connection, and that’s it. You are now set up to manage the remote IIS7 site. Listed as a second connection under the local machine listing should now be the site you just set up. From there you can manage your IIS7 settings as needed.
This tool is a great user-friendly utility providing a lot of control over the IIS7 settings and features of your hosted account. Feel free to comment below with any questions or added thoughts.