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Missing Windows Authentication provider For IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008

In case your Windows Server 2008 machine doesn't include a windows authentication scheme (see image below), do the following

Open up Server Manager (one way to do this is by right clicking the computer node from within the start menu and choosing  Manage). Expend the Roles node. Right click the Web Server (IIS) and choose Add Role Services. You'll get the following wizard, just scroll down a bit and check Windows Authentication under the security node.


If you've done everything right , you should also get the following option in IIS authentication pane



Here is how to do this on Vista
Adding Windows Authentication provider into IIS 7 on Vista



Johnny Kelly said:

Legend. Why do Microsoft have to make things impossible to find in new releases of products. Cheers for the solution you saved my bacon!

December 1, 2008 10:22 AM

Joy C said:

Thanks for the pictures.  Couldn't find it anywhere otherwise!  

Ever so grateful,


December 6, 2008 12:40 AM

Aravinth said:

Thanks for the information

February 23, 2009 8:16 AM

Fred said:

It worked, thank you for the advice

April 6, 2009 6:05 AM

Lirakien said:

It worked too ! thx !

April 27, 2009 4:28 AM

abubakarm said:

hey thanks man that helped a lot !

July 23, 2009 9:56 AM

Dimah said:

Way to go brother; helped out.

September 16, 2009 11:08 AM

Giovanni said:

Thanks a lot, it helped me

October 23, 2009 6:44 AM

Bryan said:

Thanks!  This was a big help!

October 23, 2009 9:59 AM

Apiny said:

Thanks for showing the pictures as well.

October 29, 2009 4:51 PM

Chris Gaskell said:

How crazy!

Thanks for the tips.

November 12, 2009 6:29 AM

ryan farahani said:

thanks for this post, it was a big help

December 17, 2009 6:47 PM

AnilKool said:

Twiddled for this for an hour..Thx to google and roiy.. all i needed was a tip liket his

February 2, 2010 12:36 PM

Amd3202 said:

Do you guys require a restart? Didn't work for me...

February 25, 2010 10:00 AM

Anonymous said:

Great help, thanks very much!

May 5, 2010 7:04 AM

Amit Mistry said:

Thanks, It is very helpful.....

May 6, 2010 7:13 AM

Tom said:

Thanks for the help.

July 8, 2010 10:13 AM

Bala said:

Thanks dude. It helped me saving time...Dont why Microsoft hide stuffs in new releases.

October 21, 2010 3:35 PM

Chuck said:

Great help!  Thanks

November 4, 2010 12:28 PM

Xavier Averbouch said:


easy and efficient

November 16, 2010 5:51 AM

Lalo said:

Thanks so much.!!!

January 17, 2011 4:51 PM

Al said:

You've just save me a bunch of head scratching, without this post I wouldn't have found it.

January 19, 2011 6:18 AM

Johann Lazarus said:

@ Amd3202 - Did not require a restart but be sure to then diable the Anonymous Authentication option.

May 4, 2011 1:25 AM

endo said:

thanks a lot, how difficult to find this option..

June 23, 2011 4:58 AM

Red said:

d a m n    this is cool. (",)

October 4, 2011 10:12 AM

Rajeev Kumar said:

This post was helpful.


February 8, 2012 4:49 AM

Mike_TeeVee said:

It didn't work at first.  I restarted my App Pool, then IIS, even clicked "Refresh", still nothing.  Finally I just closed my IIS Manager window, reopened it, and it was there!  Thanks a bunch for this article - it came in very handy.

May 11, 2012 6:18 AM

Yatheesh said:

it worked for me as well. thanks a lot

May 31, 2012 1:48 AM

thebear said:

Thanks alot! Worth mentioning is that the IIS window has to be closed and opened for this to appear. ;)

June 20, 2012 7:27 AM

Balu said:

Thanks...Working good now..

June 22, 2012 9:25 PM

Antony said:


I am using Windows 7 Home OS.

Role node is not getting displayed in the Computer Management. Only System tools, Storage, Services and Applications tabs are available.

Please help me enable windows authetication in my computer.

June 28, 2012 5:08 PM

MIke said:

Thanks!  You saved me some time

June 30, 2012 4:41 PM

Col said:

Awesome - really hard to find until now - thanks.

July 12, 2012 9:26 AM

Melinda said:

What about missing Forms Authentication?

July 13, 2012 11:36 AM

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