W2K8 IIS – Introduction And Pre-Requisites

W2K8 IIS – Introduction And Pre-Requisites

This set of articles explains how to cluster Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 on a Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster.

To configure IIS 7.0 on a Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster you have to use a custom script to enable the high availability and failover capability.  For the purposes of this article we shall be using a VB script from the Microsoft Knowledge Base article here which enables clustering capability to the Default Web Site and Default Application Pool.

The installation can be broken down in to the following steps :-

  1. Adding The Web Services (IIS) Role (Detailed here)
  2. Configure the IIS Shared Configuration
  3. Configure Offline Files for Shared Configuration
  4. Configure the Web Site location
  5. Create the IIS Cluster Script
  6. Create the IIS Generic Script Application

Pre-Requisites

In order to configure IIS 7.0 on a Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster the following pre-requisites must be met :-

  • A configured Windows 2008 R2 Failover Cluster
  • A free Cluster Disk resource in the cluster
  • A free IP Address for the clustered web-site