How to create a custom server type for use with the IIS Lockdown Wizard

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This step-by-step article describes how to create a custom server type for use with the Internet Information Services (IIS) Lockdown Wizard.

Description of the Technique

The latest version of the IIS Lockdown Wizard provides administrators with the ability to create custom server type templates.

In the Iislockd.ini file, administrators can create custom server type templates for use with the IIS Lockdown Wizard. A custom server type template appears in the Lockdown Wizard as a configurable server type and can also be used when you run Iislockd.exe unattended.

Create the Custom Server Type Template

  1. In the [Info] section of the Iislockd.ini file, add the name of the custom server type to the list for the appropriate variable (either ServerTypesNT4 or ServerTypes). In this example, MyCustomServerType is used.
  2. As a guide for the new custom server type template, copy the [sbs4.5] template and paste the text at the bottom of the file.
  3. Change [sbs4.5] in the copied text to reflect the custom server type name that you entered in step 1. For this example, the text is [MyCustomServerType].
  4. Change the label value to something meaningful for the custom server type.
  5. Configure the feature settings of the server template to TRUE or FALSE.
  6. If you install URLScan, change the UrlScan_IniFileLocation value to point to a custom URLScan .ini file that is used for this custom server type. You can also use a Urlscan.ini file from another server type.
  7. Save the Iislockd.ini file.
After you perform these steps, Iislockd.exe can be run in the GUI mode, and the custom server type appears in the available server types list. You can also use this new custom server type to run the IIS Lockdown Wizard unattended.

After you create the custom server type template, the Iislockd.ini file may resemble the following:
ServerTypesNT4=sbs4.5, exchange5.5, frontpage, proxy, staticweb, dynamicweb , other, iis_uninstalled
ServerTypes=MyCustomServerType, sbs2000, exchange5.5, exchange2k, sharepoint_portal, frontpage, biztalk, commerce, proxy, _
staticweb, dynamicweb, other, iis_uninstalled

label="My Custom Server Type Template"

Enable_iis_ftp= TRUE
Enable_iis_smtp= FALSE
Enable_iis_nntp= FALSE
Enable_asp= TRUE
Enable_index_server_web_interface= FALSE
Enable_server_side_includes= FALSE
Enable_internet_data_connector= FALSE
Enable_internet_printing= FALSE
Enable_HTR_scripting= FALSE
Enable_webDAV= FALSE
Disable_Anonymous_user_system_utility_execute_rights= TRUE
Disable_Anonymous_user_content_directory_write_rights= TRUE
AdvancedSetup =


For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
310725 How to run the IIS Lockdown Wizard unattended in IIS


Article ID: 311350 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 6.0
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