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IIS Configuration

I am learning IIS and having fundamental questions.
We have a web server.
This is an internal company website.

Within IIS, when creating a website, it is asking for IP-Address and Port.
What machine is this address for?

Woud'nt the IP Address be the same as the IP-Address of the web server that I am creating the website on?  If so, then why does it ask me?  I mean, if you are on a web server and running IIS, it should be assumed that that is the machine that you are wanting to create the website on.
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Giovanni HewardCommented:
By default it will bind to all local IP addresses available to the IIS service.  In certain situations you may want to bind it to just one, especially when the web server happens to have multiple network adapters.
kamistryAuthor Commented:
What do you mean "all local IP addresses available to the IIS Service"?

The web server itself only has one IP address, right?  (Please confirm)

So, this web server is given a pool of IP-addresses that can be used for different web sites, is that correct?  (Please confirm)

So where is this list of available IP addresses defined?
Giovanni HewardCommented:
From the command prompt, you can run ipconfig /all to see all IP addresses available to that particular server.

To limit the output, try:

ipconfig/all|find "IPv4"

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The IIS service binds to one of more locally available IP addresses on the specified port.  If you only have one network adapter, chances are you only have one network accessible IP address.  The option you are seeing simply exists to provide more granular control if desired, in the event more than IP address is available.

In a production environment multiple network adapter could exist on a web server to insure higher availability.  Meaning if one card fails, the site is still accessible through the other.

Network adapters can also be "teamed" or "bridged" together to provide fault tolerance and/or load balancing.
kamistryAuthor Commented:
I like this EE thing.
Thank you very much.
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