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Installs and configures Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0/7.5



  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 (R1, R2)


  • windows
  • webpi


  • node['iis']['accept_eula'] - indicate that you accept the terms of the end user license. default is 'false'
  • node['iis']['home'] - IIS main home directory. default is %WINDIR%\System32\inetsrv
  • node['iis']['conf_dir'] - location where main IIS configs lives. default is %WINDIR%\System32\inetsrv\config
  • node['iis']['pubroot'] - . default is %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub
  • node['iis']['docroot'] - IIS web site home directory. default is %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\wwwroot
  • node['iis']['log_dir'] - location of IIS logs. default is %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\logs\LogFiles
  • node['iis']['cache_dir'] - location of cached data. default is %SYSTEMDRIVE%\inetpub\temp



Allows easy management of IIS virtual sites (ie vhosts).


  • :add: - add a new virtual site
  • :delete: - delete an existing virtual site
  • :start: - start a virtual site
  • :stop: - stop a virtual site
  • :restart: - restart a virtual site

Attribute Parameters

  • product_id: name attribute. Specifies the ID of a product to install.
  • accept_eula: specifies that WebpiCmdline should Auto-Accept Eula’s. default is false.

  • site_name: name attribute.

  • site_id: . if not given IIS generates a unique ID for the site
  • path: IIS will create a root application and a root virtual directory mapped to this specified local path
  • protocol: http protocol type the site should respond to. valid values are :http, :https. default is :http
  • port: port site will listen on. default is 80
  • host_header: host header (also known as domains or host names) the site should map to. default is all host headers


# stop and delete the default site
iis_site 'Default Web Site' do
  action [:stop, :delete]

# create and start a new site that maps to
# the physical location C:\inetpub\wwwroot\testfu
iis_site 'Testfu Site' do
  protocol :http
  port 80
  path "#{node['iis']['docroot']}/testfu"
  action [:add,:start]

# do the same but map to domain
iis_site 'Testfu Site' do
  protocol :http
  port 80
  path "#{node['iis']['docroot']}/testfu"
  host_header ""
  action [:add,:start]


Runs a config command on your IIS instance.


  • :config: - Runs the configuration command

Attribute Parameters

  • cfg_cmd: name attribute. What ever command you would pass in after "appcmd.exe set config"


Sets up logging

iis_config "/section:system.applicationHost/sites /"D:\logs"" do action :config end

Loads an array of commands from the node

cfg_cmds = node['iis']['cfg_cmd'] cfg_cmds.each do |cmd| iis_config "#{cmd}" do action :config end end


Creates an application pool in IIS.


  • :add: - add a new application pool
  • :delete: - delete an existing application pool
  • :start: - start a application pool
  • :stop: - stop a application pool
  • :restart: - restart a application pool

Attribute Parameters

  • pool_name: name attribute. Specifies the name of the pool to create.
  • runtime_version: specifies what .NET version of the runtime to use.
  • pipeline_mode: specifies what pipeline mode to create the pool with


 #creates a new app pool
 iis_pool 'myAppPool_v1_1' do
     runtime_version "2.0"
     pipeline_mode "Classic"
     action :add


Creates an application in IIS.


  • :add: - add a new application pool
  • :delete: - delete an existing application pool

Attribute Parameters

  • app_name: name attribute. The name of the site to add this app to
  • path: The virtual path for this application
  • applicationPool: The pool this application belongs to
  • physicalPath: The physical path where this app resides.


#creates a new app
iis_app "myApp" do
    path "/v1_1"
    application_pool "myAppPool_v1_1"
    physical_path "#{node['iis']['docroot']}/testfu/v1_1"
    action :add


Installing any of the IIS or any of it's modules requires you to explicitly indicate that you accept the terms of the end user license. The hooks have been added to all recipes to do this via an attribute. Create a role to set the node['iis']['accept_eula'] attribute to 'true'. For example:

% cat roles/iis.rb
name "iis"
description "IIS Web Server"
  "iis" => {
    "accept_eula" => true


Installs and configures IIS 7.0/7.5 using the recommended configuration, which includes the following modules/extensions:

  • Static Content
  • Default Document
  • Directory Browse
  • HTTP Errors
  • HTTP Logging
  • Logging Libraries
  • Request Monitor
  • Request Filtering
  • HTTP Static Compression
  • Management Console
  • NetFX Extensibility
  • ISAPI Filter
  • ISAPI Extensions


This cookbook also contains recipes for installing individual IIS modules (extensions). These recipes can be included in a node's run_list to build the minimal desired custom IIS installation.

  • mod_aspnet - installs ASP.NET runtime components
  • mod_auth_basic - installs Basic Authentication support
  • mod_auth_windows - installs Windows Authentication (authenticate clients by using NTLM or Kerberos) support
  • mod_compress_dynamic - installs dynamic content compression support. PLEASE NOTE - enabling dynamic compression always gives you more efficient use of bandwidth, but if your server's processor utilization is already very high, the CPU load imposed by dynamic compression might make your site perform more slowly.
  • mod_compress_static - installs static content compression support
  • mod_deploy - installs web deploy 2.0 support. Web Deploy (Web Deployment Tool) simplifies the migration, management and deployment of IIS Web servers, Web applications and Web sites.
  • mod_isapi - installs ISAPI (Internet Server Application Programming Interface) extension and filter support.
  • mod_logging - installs and enables HTTP Logging (logging of Web site activity), Logging Tools (logging tools and scripts) and Custom Logging (log any of the HTTP request/response headers, IIS server variables, and client-side fields with simple configuration) support
  • mod_management - installs Web server Management Console which supports management of local and remote Web servers
  • mod_mvc3 - installs ASP.NET MVC 3 runtime components
  • mod_security - installs URL Authorization (Authorizes client access to the URLs that comprise a Web application), Request Filtering (configures rules to block selected client requests) and IP Security (allows or denies content access based on IP address or domain name) support.
  • mod_tracing - installs support for tracing ASP.NET applications and failed requests.
  • mod_urlrewrite - installs support for url rewrite rules using rule templates, rewrite maps, .NET providers.

License and Author

Author:: Seth Chisamore (

Copyright:: 2011, Opscode, Inc.

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