Configuring the eG Agent to Monitor an IIS Web Server Operating on Windows 2008

The eG agent can monitor an IIS web server operating on Windows 2008 only if the Web Server role is configured on the target Windows 2008 server.

Typically, for an IIS web server to function on a Windows 2008 server, a Web Server Role should be configured on the server. The Web Server role in Windows Server 2008 lets you share information with users on the Internet, an intranet, or an extranet. If such a role does not exist on a Windows 2008 server, then, you cannot monitor the transactions to the IIS web server on that host; this is because, the ISAPI filter required for transaction monitoring cannot be installed on a Windows 2008 server without the Web Server role.

To configure this Web Server role on a Windows 2008 server, follow the steps detailed below:

  1. Login to the Windows 2008 server as a local/domain administrator.
  2. Open the Server Manager console by following the menu sequence, Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager (see Figure 1).

    Figure 1 : Opening the Server Manager

  3. The Server Manager console then appears (see Figure 2).

    Figure 2 : The Server Manager console

  4. In the Server Manager console, click on the Roles node in the tree-structure in the left panel of the console. The information in the right-panel will change to display a Roles Summary and related details. To add a new role, click on the Add Roles option in the right panel of Figure 3.

    Figure 3 : Clicking on the Roles node in the tree-structure

  5. This will invoke the Add Roles Wizard. Click on the Next button in the welcome screen of Figure 4 to proceed with the role creation.

    Figure 4 : Clicking on the Next button in the welcome screen of the Add Roles Wizard

  6. The next step of the wizard prompts you to pick one/more roles to install on the Windows 2008 server. Select the Web Server (IIS) role depicted by Figure 5 to install it. Then, click the Next button to proceed.

    Figure 5 : Selecting the Web Server (IIS) role

  7. Then, when Figure 6 appears, click on the Next button to switch to the next step of the role installation.

    Figure 6 : An introduction to the web server role

  8. The next step will prompt you to choose the role services. Select all the listed services and click the Next button to proceed. Make sure that the IIS Management Scripts and Tools feature in particular is installed and enabled for the 'Web Server' role.

    Figure 7 : Selecting the required role services

  9. The screen that appears subsequently provides a summary of your specifications. After reviewing your selections, you can confirm installation of the chosen web server role by clicking on the Install button in Figure 8.

    Figure 8 : Installing the web server role

  10. Once installation completes successfully, Figure 9 will appear confirming the success of the installation.

    Figure 9 : A message indicating that installation was successful

  11. Click on the Closebutton in Figure 9 to close the wizard. Figure 10 will then appear displaying the newly installed role.

Figure 10 : The Roles page in the right panel displaying the Web Server (IIS) role that was just installed