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What server should IIS be installed on?

Hello experts,

Can someone tell me what server should I install IIS on?  I read that you are not supposed to install it on a domain controller.  The only servers we have are:  Domain controller (running Windows Server 2008 r2), Exchange/App Server (running Windows Server 2003), and File server (running Windows Server 2008 r2).  Which would be our best bet?

Thanks in advance.
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mmichaCommented:
In a perfect scenario you would want one role per server.  Are these servers virtualized or physical?  Maybe you can create a new server if it is virtualized.

Exchange already has a version of IIS running on it for OWA.  You may want to see about creating another on that server.  None of this would be best practice however.
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aindelicatoCommented:
If yuo plan to host the website externally (to the internet) then I would not run it on any of those.

If this is an internal website/intranet, then run it on the file server.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
Exchange already has IIS Installed .... but what is the main purpose of installing IIS .... if so i wouldnt want to do it on Exchange just to keep away from issue and can get on some different server.

- Rancy
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Brent JohnsonAuthor Commented:
mmicha, all of our servers are physical servers.  I could create a virtual server, but would we need to purchase another windows server 2008 r2 license for the virtual machine?
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aindelicatoCommented:
Yes, each installation of windows (physical or virtual) requires a license.
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Narender GakkaAWS / DevOps / Cloud ConsultantCommented:
We would recommend that you go for installation of IIS 7.5 on your File server as it is the only server where you can install the Web Server role in the present context.

Coming to the security and the conflict to the file server, there wouldn't be much to worry this web server is for "Internal User Only", if not then you wouldn't want your file server also to be in the DMZ along with the web server.
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
I could create a virtual server, but would we need to purchase another windows server 2008 r2 license for the virtual machine? - Yes that would mean more cost $$$$

- Rancy
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Manpreet SIngh KhatraSolutions Architect, Project LeadCommented:
As DC and Exchange is better to be left alone .... File server looks like the better of the options.

- Rancy
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mmichaCommented:
I was thinking if they were virtualized, that maybe he had purchased Windows Server Data Center Edition and had unlimited VM licenses.

In this situation, it would cost more.
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Brent JohnsonAuthor Commented:
Hmm, I'll definitely check into Windows Server Data Center Edition.  We could use more servers..
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Brent JohnsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the information!  Very helpful and useful!
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