I don’t know about anyone else, but this task was one of the most difficult server tasks I’ve ever had to do. Installing IIS on Windows 2008 is a lot easier, but in 2003 it’s akin to banging your head against a wall for a day or so. The thing is, you need so much stuff just to install IIS it’s hard to know where to get everything. I’m using Windows 2003 Server R2 SP2, but the installation requires files from the REGULAR, NOT R2 version! So here’s how I did it:
Install SP2 EVEN IF YOU ALREADY HAVE IT INSTALLED! I just downloaded it from Microsoft again and installed it. Next, I downloaded the admin pack (Located under system32 as adminpak.msi, or download from here: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=16770). Then I loaded the OLDER REGULAR version of Windows 2003 Server with Alcohol 52%, pointed to the i386 directory, and it installed.