Configuring IIS 6.0 for FrontPage

The IIS 6.0 Web server uses a set of proprietary server-side DLLs, called FrontPage Extensions, to enable many content creation features. This tip explains how to install FrontPage Extensions.

The Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Web server uses a set of proprietary server-side DLLs, called FrontPage Extensions. These extensions support many features of the FrontPage Web content creation tool, such as its ability to create navigation bars, search tools and discussion Webs.

In IIS 6.0, this is a basic Web server administration task for networks where developers use FrontPage. (Microsoft discontinued FrontPage as an authoring tool in 2006, but FrontPage Extensions are an optional component of IIS.)

Before you can enable FrontPage Extensions, you have to install them. Then you need to enable these extensions on the specific Web sites that your FrontPage content developers will be using. To see how this works, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Company Web site node in the Internet Service Manager console tree, point to All Tasks, and choose Configure Server Extensions 2002 from the shortcut menu. This generates and opens the Install Web page.
  2. Click Submit to enable FrontPage Server Extensions 2002. This opens to the Server Administration Web page that will allow you to alter rights, set installation defaults and reset user passwords. Below them are the virtual servers that you can administer.
  3. Click the Set List Of Available Rights link to proceed to the Rights page. View the rights listed and select the check boxes to enable those rights on the server. Navigate back to the previous page to examine the next option.
  4. Click the Set Installation Defaults link to edit the mail and security settings. Mail Settings allows you to specify the SMTP server, From address, and Reply-To address for use in email features of FrontPage Server Extensions. Security Settings allows you to log authoring activities, require SSL, and permit uploading executables by authors. Navigate to the previous page again to move to the last option.
  5. Click the Reset User Password link. The Reset User Password page appears. You can specify the user name and new password you want to assign.

Once the FrontPage Extensions are installed, you'll see that a number of new files and directories have been created and added to your site. Don't delete any of these FrontPage files or directories; if you do, the server extensions might not work properly.

About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.

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This was first published in March 2007

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