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IIS Feature Delegation  
IIS administrators usually assign minimum rights for developers to use IIS in their development work. Developers often time restricted as to how much configuration and management they can perform on IIS. In order to elevate this problem, Microsoft introduced new feature called "Feature Delegation". It helps administrators to assign certain rights to certain sites to be managed by someone other than IIS administrator.

For example, web developer wants to create custom error page for the site. In the restricted environment, it is not possible. However, IIS admin can delegate this particular function to the site owner and then IIS developer can perform required task.

Let us take a closer look at how this delegation happen within IIS.

1. Start up IIS Manager and navigate to the Feature Delegation modile. see pic 1.

IIS Feature Delegation

2. Double click on the Feature Delegation icon. You will be able to see the list of all the available features currently installed on your IIS. You can choose and pick any feature that you like to expose to the developer. We were trying to delegate Custom Error set up. In this case, we need to select Error Pages feature by clicking on it and then selecting custom delegation on the right Action panel. See Pic. 2

IIS Feature Delegation Action

3. We directed to Custom Site Delegation screen where we can select website we would like delegate "Error Page" customization feature. Select your site from the drop down box and click "Copy Delegation" in order to apply this setting. See pic 3.

Custom Site Delegation

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