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I have a server 2003 server and I have been trying to access our OWA on the server (it is an exchange box).  I was checking IIS and noticed that the default website in the IIS control panel says (Stopped) next to it.  I tried restarting it but everytime I do the system responds by saying a The Process Cannot Access the File because It Is In Use By Another Process.  

Any ideas as to what process is using this and how to release it.

Thanks.
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by:Interserv
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You might want to make sure that no files are open from the home directory or any of it's ubdirectories.  You can check that in computer management under system tools, shared folders, open files.
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Check the port settings ... You have to change the port from 80 to 8080, if you have multiple websites ...
Right click on the website from IIS, go to properties, and change the port ...
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It could be that the file you are trying to move has been locked by another process or another file has a handle on it.  Thus, when you move it, it throws the exception.  If you want to see which process is currently accessing it, then there is a tool, called Process Monitor, which will tell you which program is accessing it.  You can get it from http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/utilities/ProcessExplorer.mspx
As a side note, was it intentional that it only moves the file if the destination file already exists, as the function at the moment copies the file, thus not causing any error, if the destination file does not exist, and only moves if the destination file does exist?
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This has happened to me before, and when I sought help I could find no viable solution for this problem. I ended up removing IIS and then reinstalling it, and finally recovering the owa site installation using this article.
Let me know if this helps. :)
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What are the errors in the application logs when you start IIS service ??
Please run Exchange Best Practice Analyzer tool - health check - www.exbpa.com
The above link works fine where you remove VDirs and recreate.
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