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Advanced Installing MDriven Server on Windows

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This guide may help you to install MDriven Server on Windows(8, 10), Windows 2012R2 and Windows 2016.

Installing IIS Services and its components

First of all, you need to install IIS on your computer, on Windows(8, 10) head to the Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows features on or off and add Internet Information Services.

On Windows 2012R2 or Windows 2016 after installation add roles: Web server IIS.

Add IIS on Windows(8, 10)

Also, you need to add ASP .NET 4.5(or higher) and its component. Important! Under .NET Framework 4.5(or higher) Features head to WCF Services and select HTTP Activation and TCP Port Sharing.

Add HTTP Activation and TCP Port Sharing

Note! If you don’t install HTTP Activation, you will get “Error 405 – method not allowed” instead of the MDriven login screen.

Now, you can start IIS Manager on your computer.

If you had some troubles with installation on Windows 2012R2 see also —

Setting up IIS Manager

Installing components to IIS

After installation of IIS, you should install Microsoft Web Platform Installer 5.0 -

After the installation, open Web Platform Installer head to Products and install following components to IIS:

  1. Logging Tools
  2. Request Monitor
  3. Tracing
  4. Dynamic Content Compression
  5. Application Initialization
  6. Management Service
  7. IIS Management Scripts and Tools
  8. Basic Authentication, Windows authentication or another authentication service
  9. Web Deploy 3.6. (or download Web Deploy from Microsoft website -
  10. Web Deployment Tool 2.1.

Note! For Windows Server 2016: you need to "repair" or re-install the Web Deploy 3.6 after this is done, or you will not see "Deploy" in the context-menu when you right-click the site.

Install MDriven Server

Add an Application Pool

Start IIS Manager and add an Application Pool.

Add an Application Tool in IIS Manager

Name your Pool and set it to .NET CLR 4.0 and Integrated pipeline mode.

Create Application Tool

Select your Application Pool and head to Advanced Settings and set:

  • Start mode: AlwaysRunning
  • Identity: <choose what suits your needs>
  • Limit interval: 1
Setting up the Application Tool

Add a certificate for SSL

In ISS Manager select Server Certificates and create Self-Signed Certificate.

Server Certificates in IIS

On the Default web site or on web site which you created, add https binding for port 433 and select the certificate needed.

Add bindings to the site

Installing of MDriven Server

  • Add an application and give a descriptive name. Select the Application Pool which you created earlier.
  1. Create an application with your name ("MyTurnkeyApp)
  2. Create another application under “MyTrunkeyApp” called “__MDrivenServer” (double underscore) so that it ends up like this: “MyTurnkeyApp/__MDrivenServer”
  • Use the deploy function to import the application MDriven Server & MDriven Turnkey which you download from the Capable Objects site. The installer will not overwrite your existing database if this is an upgrade.
Deploy the MDriven Server

Note: During installation of MDriven Server or MDriven Turnkey app, if you created the structure before, keep "application path" field empty to save the needed folders' structure.

As a result you will get the following application structure:

Application structure

Setting up MDriven Server

Now, you can open your MDrivenServer in a browser via link


Important! You have to change "localhost" in a link to your "machine name" because actually, you aren't "localhost".

On the first screen you should register a new user for MDriven Server.

MDriven Server start page.jpg

After this you may log in and head to Admin area -> Infos, errors and MDrivenServer evolve and push "Evolve Admin database.

Important! MDriven Turnkey will use a user account named “a”, so you need to go back and head to AutoForm select "databaseIdentity" to admin.

Setting up the "a" user

Choose ASP_User -> Show and there you can see all user of MDriven Server. The user "a" will be on the top, if you click on the "Details" you will be able to change user name to another one.

After this, you can log out and register user "a" with your own password.

Video Tutorial

(Please note that the video was created when the MDriven Server was called "Boring Predictable Server" as a working name)

To make your experience more comfortable, we set the main tags mentioned in the video to the right bar menu of this mini player. Choose the interesting subtitle on the list and immediately get to the exact theme timeplace in the video. Now you can pick any topic to be instructed without watching the whole video.

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