Upload a Website to a Cloud Server with Windows 2016

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Introduction

Remote Desktop is considered the best way to transfer files to a server running Windows 2016. Unlike FTP, which is not secure, Remote Desktop is a secure method which does not expose your password. And unlike FTP, using Remote Desktop to transfer files does not require any additional setup on the server.

Requirements

  • A Cloud Server running Windows 2016 with IIS installed and running.
  • The administrator password and IP address or domain name for the server. To find this information, log into the 1&1 Cloud Panel and select the server on the Servers section.

Notes:

  • IIS is installed and running on a Standard installation by default. If your server was created with a Minimal installation, you will need to install and configure IIS before you proceed.

  • If this is your first experience with Remote Desktop, you may want to start with the article Use Remote Desktop to Log in to a Cloud Server Running Windows 2016 to learn how to locate and use Remote Desktop.

  • The instructions in this tutorial are designed for a Windows 10 desktop. The specific instructions for other Windows versions may vary slightly.

Configure Remote Desktop

Launch Remote Desktop and click Show Options.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Show Options

Click the Local Resources tab.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Local Resources tab

In the Local devices and resources section, click More...

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: More...

Click + to expand the Drives list.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Expand Drives

Select your local drive. Then click OK.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Select your drive

Click Connect to connect to the server.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Connect

Transfer Files With Remote Desktop

After you connect to the server, click the File Explorer icon in the system tray.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: File Explorer

Your local desktop computer will be listed under This PC.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: This PC

Browse to the files you need, and either copy and paste or drag and drop the files onto the server.

The Default Website

Each server has a default website set up as part of the initial configuration. This is what you will see if you visit the server's IP address or domain name in a browser window.

On a newly-created server, the default website will be an IIS welcome page. This verifies that the IIS web server is running correctly.

Use Remote Desktop to Transfer Files: Default website

To override this web page, upload an index.html file to the default website folder, C:\inetpub\wwwroot.