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What is the best way to move IIS Settings to another server, including virtual directories and their settings? I tried Meta-Edit, and it caused problems after the restore. I'm thinking that ldifde might be the way to go, but it's not very intuitive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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You have a Backup/Restore function in IIS for that purpose.. Its in the Action menu on the top.. And NT backup is good for the InetPub folder..
So there you go!
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I tried that, but I get an error message:
"IIS was unable to restore the previous version of the configuration store because of one of the following reasons:
1) The previous version of the configuration store was corrupt.
2) One or more MTS packages or components have been manually removed or corrupted.
3) Another user is attempting to administer an application in this configuration store."

I know that there is nobody else messing with this server now, so 3) can't be true.  I just made the backup, so I doubt that 1) is true.  I copied the file from C:\Winnt\system32\inetsrv\metaback on the current server to the same directory on the server that's copying the settings.  Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
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Is the IIS servers the same versions/SP`s/Patches??
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Both have SP4.  They were both current with the patches from windowsupdate.com as of last week.
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Strange.. Might be some kind of secial configing that is done on one of them.. I can imagine that M$ havent accounted for all the stuff that is possible to mount on IIS..
Try copying everything in %Systemroot%\system32\inetsrv to the new server, same location.. aswell as the content in inetpub... That should get most of what is installed on the old system.. You might have to register dll`s and so on if any is present.
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This didn't work either, because the metabase.bin file contains the server name (it's binary and can't be edited).  Thanks for trying.  I ended up wasting hours recreating them by hand.
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:-( Too bad i couldn`t help you get it right...
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That's alright. I've had a lot of problems with the M$ products, so it was no big shock to me :) Thanks anyway.
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Youre welcome!
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