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I have a website that needs to use Basic Authentication. I want to host it on a Windows Server 2012 box. But in IIS in the Authentication page for the web site, Basic Authentication is not available.

How do I enable Basic Authentication for IIS 8 in Windows Server 2012?

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Open an elevated command-prompt or PowerShell:

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:IIS-BasicAuthentication

Now you will have the Basic Authentication option in the Authentication page in IIS Manager.

This works in Server Core and is much quicker than using the GUI.

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In server manager, in Web Server (IIS)/Security, add Basic Authentication which then should show up in IIS web site authentication settings.

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Where is the security option? – epotter Feb 7 '13 at 3:35

I know this is an older topic, but I had the same question as epotter regarding where to find the option. I discovered that it's actually part of the IIS role in Server Manager's 'Add Roles and Features', Under 'Web Server', 'Web Server', 'Security'. You should find Basic Authentication as a check box.


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I'm pretty sure that's what the most up voted answer was also referencing. – Reaces Apr 16 '15 at 14:30
This is likely another path to enable the same thing as in the accepted answer via GUI mechanism. – Mike Fiedler Apr 16 '15 at 14:47

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