Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Am I missing something here?

Amazons EC2 looks good and I'm trying to find a suitable AMI for a new Windows server I'm setting up.

I don't really want to use a community shared AMI from what I've seen so far, since the information you're presented with when selecting is limited and I presume there is a security risk with using images configured by other people.

Looking at the quick start AMI's, the only one that explicitly states that IIS is included is:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Express and IIS

However... I want SQL Server Web Edition. I ran up a small instance of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Web, assuming this would have IIS, but this doesn't have IIS preinstalled. I attempted to add via "Add programs and features", but the process was not as I am used to and when I tried to run a simple test website I encountered the error like "Service WAS not running" (or similar).

Any advice appreciated.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can take the base base AMI, and if IIS isn't there, you go into control panel and add it as a windows option...

If it struggles on the search for installation media, just google it and there is a way to do it (I have done this in the past).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.