I've got a box running Win2k3 and some directions from Microsoft KB about SSL certificates, for IIS 5.0 and 6.0. How can I tell which version of IIS is currently installed?
As a more general answer, not specifically aimed at your question, Microsoft has a support article which lists all old versions and the operating systems that provide each one.
IIS version Built-in 5.0 Windows 2000 5.1 Windows XP Pro 6.0 Windows Server 2003 7.0 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 7.5 Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 8.0 Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
Current versions are on Wikipedia
8.5 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 10.0 v1607 Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10.* 10.0 v1709 Windows Server 2016 v1709 and Windows 10.* 10.0 v1809 Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10.* October
Windows XP has IIS 5.1 installed, so use the IIS 5.0 procedure. See this article for an overview of IIS 5.1:
IIS 5.1 is a feature only to be found on Microsoft's XP Pro operating system. It is not installable (reliably) on XP Home. Additionally, there are no plans to update IIS 5.0 on Windows 2000 to IIS 5.1.
IIS 5.1 is basically the same engine as IIS 5.0 but since XP is a client operating system, it has the built in limits that are customary for Microsoft’s client operating systems—such as connection limits and only one Web site. Even though based on IIS 5, there are significant differences from IIS 5.0 that you should know about.
You could also open a page in the browser which runs this simple asp Script:
<% response.write(Request.ServerVariables("SERVER_SOFTWARE")) %>
As a side note: it is interesting that IIS (beginning with Windows Server 2000/version 5.0) can't be upgraded without upgrading the operating system. Every Windows version has it's own IIS version:
Windows NT 3.51 1.0 Windows NT 4 2.0-4.0 Windows Server 2000 5.0 Windows XP Professional 5.1 Windows Server 2003 6.0 Windows Vista 7.0 Windows Server 2008 7.0 Windows Server 2008 R2 7.5 Windows 7 7.5 Windows Server 2012 8.0 Windows 8 8.0 Windows Server 2012 R2 8.5 Windows 8.1 8.5 Windows Server 2019 10.0
If you have
grep installed, e.g. through Cygwin, or from another machine running OS X or Linux, you can use the power of command line tools and avoid knowing where exactly to click in which situation:
$ curl --silent -I http://microsoft.com/ |grep Server Server: Microsoft-IIS/8.5
Note there is no requirement to be on the server itself.
Also note: this only works if the application and/or server configuration does not set an alternate header. Often application developers or system administrators will turn off this header or set it to some other value in order to prevent attackers from seeing it - a form of security by obscurity.
Here, the updated version table to Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016:
IIS 1.0 Windows NT 3.51 IIS 2.0 Windows NT 4.0 IIS 3.0 Windows NT 4.0 SP3 IIS 4.0 Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack IIS 5.0 Windows 2000 IIS 5.1 Windows XP Professional x32 IIS 6.0 Windows Server 2003 IIS 6.0 Windows Server 2003 R2 IIS 6.0 Windows XP Professional x64 IIS 7.0 Windows Server 2008 / Windows Vista IIS 7.5 Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 IIS 8.0 Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8 IIS 8.5 Windows Server 2012 R2 / Windows 8.1 IIS 10.0 Windows Server 2016 / 2019 / Windows 10
And other methods would be:
Properties on the file: InetMgr.exe via GUI, or via PowerShell:
If you have no access what so ever to the back end of a machine you can try using NetCraft such as http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report?url=http://www.starbucks.com
There are enough little finger prints on the headers the machine gives off, that they can usually identify the signature of the machine, unless someone alters them on purpose.
You can also run this PowerShell script:
$w3wpPath = $Env:WinDir + "\System32\inetsrv\w3wp.exe" $productProperty = Get-ItemProperty -Path $w3wpPath Write-Host $productProperty.VersionInfo.ProductVersion