One of the most prominent distinguishing features of the Windows operating system is its default graphical user interface (GUI). Most UNIX-like operating systems also support graphical interfaces, but the GUI is optional and is often not installed on dedicated servers.
Graphical management of a server is acceptable if you are sitting in front of the actual box, but since servers are increasing housed at remote locations, away from your office, you will need remote access.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 comes with support for remote server management, but, depending on your setup, you may need to enable IIS 7 remote management. IIS is available for other versions of Windows, but only Server 2008 comes with remote management capabilities. To turn it on, follow these steps:
1. Install a service called Web Management Service (WMSVC)
2. Turn on remote connections
3. Configure any other settings you want, such as ports, IP addresses, or domains.
4. Start the WMSVC service and (optionally) set it to automatically start at boot.
Once it is configured and started, you will now be able to connect to your server and manage it via the web. Windows does also have command-line functions, and if you prefer to manage it from the command-line, you can install support for SSH to enable secure remote command-line connections.
For more information about setting up IIS on a Windows server, visit the Learn IIS website.