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How to manually Create a Site & Application Pool Identity in IIS7

We recommend running each web site on your server using its own application pool and identity (user)

 The steps below demonstrate how to create an IUSR user, create a new application pool for the site, and create the web site.


To create the web site user, go to the ‘Edit local users and groups’ control panel:

Local Users and Groups

Right-click on the Users folder, and select ‘New User…

New User


In the New User window, add the User name, password, and set the password to never expire, and click ‘Create’

New User


Close the New User window, and right-click on the new user you just created, and select Properties:

user properties



Click the “Member of” tab, and REMOVE the “Users” group membership:

remove users group

Next, click the Add button, and add the user to the IIS_IUSRS group:



iis_iusrs group

Now you should only have your user a member of the IIS_IUSRS group.

Click OK, and close out of the Local Users and Groups control panel.



Open IIS, and right-click on the Application Pools folder, and select ‘Add Application Pool’

Add Application Pool


Name your application pool and click OK:

Application Pool

Then, right-click on your new application pool, and select ‘Advanced Settings’:

Advanced Settings

In the Advanced Settings window, click the browse button next to the default Identity:


Select ‘Custom Account’, click ‘Set‘, and enter the user information you created earlier:


set credentials

Click OK several times to close out of all the windows.

Now, add your web site in IIS (or modify your existing site if you have already created a site)


Add Web Site

Enter your site details, and then click the ‘Test Settings’ button to test:

and ensure that all tests pass:



You now need to provide the IUSR user created above with permissions to the web site folder. Browse in your hard drive to the folder you created for your web site, right-click the folder and select ‘properties’

NTFS permissions

Click the ‘Security‘ tab, and click ‘Edit


On the next screen, click ‘Add

On the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts, or Groups window, click the ‘Locations’ button:

CLICK CANCEL if you are asked to provide credentials:


and on the next screen, click on YOUR SERVER NAME, and click OK:

Now in the Select Users or Groups window, type the username you created earlier and click OK:

Make sure your IUSR user is selected. You can add write permissions if needed, but otherwise to accept the default settings, click OK:

Click OK on any remaining windows to close out of the settings.

You have now configured a web site identity user, application pool, and web site.


Content retrieved from: https://support.appliedi.net/kb/a106/how-to-manually-create-a-site-application-pool-identity-in-iis7.aspx.

Updated on November 11, 2019

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