IIS Backup

Posted on 2004-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-12-24
We are running a Windows 2003 web server with IIS. We want to take backup of IIS on a daily basis. How can we do so ? We are taking backup of FTP / DNS / Mail / Website files using a software SyncBack but do not know how to take a backup of IIS. Please guide.
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Since you are already backing up your website files, I presume you are looking for a way to back up your IIS configuration.  

Open the IIS snap-in and select your server name.  Once it is selected, there is a backup/restore option under All Tasks (either All Tasks or Action, I don't remember precisely).

Your backup will be stored in the \WinNT\system32\inetsrv\MetaBack directory.  Remember that you won't be able to restore your configuration if you format & reinstall your OS or on a different machine.

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In case of Hard-disk crash how can we restore IIS configuration after installing new Harddisk & OS if we have to backup in the \WinNT\system32\inetsrv\MetaBack directory. Also I want to keep the backup on the secondary drive where we are keeping backup of  FTP / DNS / Mail / Website files.

What do you mean by "Open the IIS snap-in" ? Can you give me the path to reach this location.
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You can copy the backup file to whichever directory you wish to put it in, such as the secondary drive where you are keeping the rest of your backup files.

You can open the IIS snap-in by clicking 'Start' -> 'Run', type 'inetmgr' and click OK.  

OR from the Control Panel, you can select 'Administrative Tools' -> 'Internet Services Manager'
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In addition to doing what was mentioned above, it couldn't hurt to make sure your system state is being backed up correctly as well.
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Here's another option that you might like more:

IIS Export Utility ( a program that is supposed to export IIS4/5/6 from one machine to another.  It will transfer all of your settings, virtually directories, even your website content if you want it to.  There are a few restrictions, such as with Front Page extensions, etc., so make sure you read the documentation before you try it.  You can see the FAQ at

It can also be used to backup your sites.  According to the FAQ: "IIS Export can store your IIS configuration in a database file which can be backed up and restored at a later date. It can also be run as part of a backup routine by using the RUNBACKUP command line option and scheduling execution using the windows scheduler service."  This would allow you to store your backup anywhere.

IIS Export Utility comes in both a shareware version and a registered (licensed) version.
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