Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 Remote Manager provides end users with the ability to manage web sites and applications on IIS 7.0 server remotely from Windows OS using HTTP over SSL (HTTPS) connection. This article expains how to install the application and access the server using it. See also our video on Connecting to IIS7 using IIS Remote Manager.

System requirements

IIS Manager runs on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2 and is automatically installed on Windows Server 2008. You must have the Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or greater installed. If you are installing on Windows Vista, 7 or 8 you also must have the Internet Information Services Management Console installed. To install Internet Information Services 7.0 Management Console:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Programs and then click Turn Windows features on or off.
  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Internet Information Services, then expand Web Management Studio.
  4. Select the checkbox for IIS Management Console, then click OK.


When you are sure you have met the prerequisites, you need to download and install IIS Manager for Remote Administration extension to your local computer. Make sure that you download the correct bit version, because the 32-bit version will not install on a 64-bit operating system.

Connecting to IIS7 server

  1. Open IIS Remote Manager
  2. Click File and then Connect to a Site.
  3. Type your autodomain name in Server name field and your account name in Site name field and click Next. The autodomain name can be found in HostPilotĀ® Control Panel on Web Server > Server Information page and the account name can be found on Welcome page ibid.

  4. Type your system user name in User name field and password for this user in Password field and click Next. Read the Knowledge Base article on How Do I Access My Server Via FTP? on details on how to find out the system user name and password.
    Note: If you want another user to be able to connect to your server using IIS Manager, submit a Grant IIS7 Remote Manager rights to additional users service request via the Extended Services portal.

  5. Type any preferred name in Connection Name field and click Finish.

Once you click Finish button, you get the list of features of your hosted web server. You can manage them via IIS Remote Manager. Please refer to the Knowledge Base article on What Can I Manage Through IIS Remote Manager? for more information.

Note: IIS Remote Manager uses port 8172 to connect to the remote server. If you use a firewall or a proxy server, you need to allow traffic for the service on this port.