IIS 5 Operators on windows XP IIS snap-in

Posted on 2004-10-18
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi guys,

My problem: I want to create an user that is web administrator but not belong to server administrators group.

I've already add that user to the iis operators, change the ntfs permissions on the metadata.bin but when i open the mmc iis snap-in on one windows xp machine i dont see any sites.

The snap-in only shows the websites directory and ftp sites empty. When i right-click on the websites directory i dont have the option to create bla bla bla ...

But when i connect to the server using the same machine and the same snap-in as server administrator, i see all the sites (FTP and WWW)...

The user have all the ntfs permission on the directory where the site is...

I dont know what else to do...

By the way: IIS5 is on windows 2000 server
Question by:cyberred_pt
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by:Asta Cu
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I lack expertise in the IIS area, but did some research, until others step in with more insight, in the hopes it will be of some value to you.

If I'm not mistaken, XP includes IIS 5 with SP1, perhaps that's a piece of the problem.
Internet Information Services 5.1


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The last link includes info on FTP and defaults, etc.
Brief excerpt:
Answer file entries and registry keys associated with IIS subcomponents

IIS subcomponent Answer file entry (in the [Components] section) Registry key (for use in a script that checks whether a component is installed): 0x00000000 means it is not installed; 0x00000001 mean it is installed
IIS common files
 iis_common = Off
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OC Manager\Subcomponents\iis_common
IIS documentation
 IIS_doc = Off
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OC Manager\Subcomponents\iis_doc
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) service
 iis_ftp = Off
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OC Manager\Subcomponents\iis_ftp
IIS MMC snap-in
 iis_inetmgr = Off
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OC Manager\Subcomponents\iis_inetmgr
More here at the source link:

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Ok... Not the anwser to my problem at all but you here the onlyone who've anwser it....

Thanks anyway
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by:Asta Cu
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Sorry it was not what you wanted.  Would you like to request that a Moderator reopen this for you to see if others can help you?


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I'VE FOUND THE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: Delegating Non-Admins as Operators

Autor: Rich


It seems odd to me that they have KB 818073 describing how
to delegate IIS and not explain that you can't do anything
through mmc. So why must everyone be a member of local
admin to run mmc to manage IIS? It is true because I was
able to do command line functions with iisvdir that I
could not do through mmc. So what changed from IIS5 to
IIS6 and does anyone know why a delegated IIS admin has to
use command line and not the mmc? Thanks.

>-----Original Message-----
>On Mon, 7 Jun 2004 15:25:03 -0700, "Rich"
> wrote:
>>I have web developers who cannot be make local
>>administrators of the web servers. I want to allow them
>>to manage IIS but with IIS6 the Operators tab was
>>I have followed KB818073 but this is not working for
>>I have given their group full perms with mbexplorer.exe
>>but that does not seem to be enough. When they open mmc
>>they can see the web site and the directories but if
>>try to look at the properties or anything mmc closes.
>>else do they need for permissions? Thanks for any help.
>To use the MMC to manage IIS they have to be members of
the local
>admins group.
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by:Asta Cu
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Thanks for sharing the detail;  it's been along week, but I was so sure that one of my links above spoke specifically to MMC to manage IIS and the fact they have to be members of the local Admin Group.  

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