IIS Admin service fails to start after installing System State backup to a new machine
Posted on 2005-03-08
As part of by disaster recovery plan, I want to do a test reinstall of a Windows 2003 webserver.
The webserver is a bit of a jack of all trades; it runs Windows 2003 Server (Standard), IIS6, SQL Server 2000 and Active Directory.
I back it up using NT Backup; including backups for c:\InetPub, and the System State.
During my test restore, I build a new Windows 2003 server in a virtual PC, install all the software (IIS, Active Directory, SQL Server etc), and then try to restore my backups.
Restoring the files works fine.
However, when I restore the system state, the IIS admin service breaks completely. It fails to start with the following error:
"Windows could not start the IIS Admin Service on local computer. For more information review system event log. If this is a none Microsoft service, contact the the service vendor, and refer to the service specific error code: 2146893813"
In the Event log I have the following error:
"The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service specific error 2148073483"
Now, I suspect that this has something to do with the MetaBase.xml encryption being machine specific. I've manually exported a backup of the IIS Metabase using iisback.vbs using a specified password (rather than the machine password). However, I can't figure out how to restore this because I can't get IIS Admin Service to start.
So, my questions are:
(a) Does anyone know how to get IIS Admin Service to start again?
(b) How do other people backup and restore active directory via System State backup without breaking IIS on restore?