Remote stop and start of specific IIS web application (Windows 2003)

Posted on 2008-10-09
Last Modified: 2013-11-05

Is it possible to remote stop and start a specific IIS web application under Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2?

Our scenario is the following: We have multiple IIS web servers and a dedicated ms sql database server, all running on Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2. Each web server has two web application. An ecommerce application and a standby application that is started when there is maintenance work in progress. On maintenance the ecommerce application is stopped. This is all done manually.

Now I want to know If I can run a script on the database server that stops each ecommerce web application on the web servers and start the standby application. Then I will shutdown sql server automatically, do some maintenance work, restart sql server and remotly restart the ecommerc applications (stopping standby application before).

Is this possible? Can I write a batch or sth. that does the work?

I only know that I can completly stop and start IIS remotly with iisreset.exe. But that will shutdown all applications.

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by:Sander Stad
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Are the different applications placed in different application pool or are they in the same application pools and separated bij virtual directories?

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by:Sander Stad
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In case the the applications are in different websites you can use the "iisweb /?" in the command prompt to know how to stop en start a website.

You could get the error that you haveto register CScript, just click yes and you'll be able to use the command tool.
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Same application pool for ecommerce and standby but each is a different application, not only seperated in virtual directories of same application. Only one of those both can run at a time (same ip and ports).
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Yes, I can do sth like "iisweb /s MYWEBHOST /stop" but this will stop the whole IIS websites.

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Sander Stad earned 500 total points
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You forgot to add the website's name. You can use this example to stop a website:
iisweb /stop [websitename] /s [servername] /u [username] /p [password]
You can use the same command line but replace the "stop" with "start"

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Ahh! That is the trick. Thank you very much.

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