IIS – Change the server identification header

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Would you like to learn how to configure the identification banner on the IIS server? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install the URL Rewrite module on the IIS server and create a rule to change the IIS server identification header on a computer running Windows.

• Windows 2012 R2
• Windows 2016
• Windows 2019

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Tutorial IIS – Change the server identification header

Use the inspection feature of a browser to verify the IIS header.

IIS - configure server header

Here is the IIS server header.

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Access the URL REWRITE website and download the installation package.

IIS URL REWRITE DOWNLOAD

Perform the URL REWRITE installation.

URL REWRITE INSTALLATION

Start the application named: IIS Manager.

Start IIS Windows

On the IIS Manager application, select your website.

On the right part of the screen, access the option named: URL Rewrite.

IIS - URL REWRITE - WEBSITE

On the top right part of the screen, click on the Add Rule option.

IIS URL REWRITE - ADD

On the Outbound rules,  create a new Blank rule.

IIS - Blank outbound rule

To rewrite the value of the Server identification header, use the following configuration:

• Name – Enter a name to the new rule.
• Matching scope – Server variable
• Variable name – RESPONSE_SERVER
• Variable value – Match the pattern
• Using – Regular Expressions.
• Pattern – .*
• Ignore case – Yes.

IIS - Configure IIS server header

On the Conditions area, keep the default configuration.

IIS - outbound rule condition

On the Action area, change the IIS server identification header value.

• Action type – REWRITE.
• Value – Enter the new IIS server identification header
• Replace existing server variable value – Yes

On the top-right part of the screen, click on the Apply option

IIS - Change IIS server header

Use the inspection feature of a browser to verify the IIS header.

IIS - Change the Microsoft IIS server identification header

Here is the IIS server header.

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In our example, we configured the IIS server identification header as an Apache server installed on Ubuntu Linux.

Optionally, you may leave the identification header empty.

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Congratulations! You have finished the IIS header configuration.



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