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Deleted Websites Keep Reappearing - WHY?!?!

Posted on 2008-10-19
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I keep deleting sites in my IIS only to find them reappeared the next day.  What in the world is recreating these sites every day after I delete them?  The problem with this is one of them is using port 80 and every day I log in to the server to see this IIS site I have deleted running, with my main port 80 website stopped.  WHY IS IIS RECREATING WEBSITES I DELETED?!  HOW DO I GET THIS BEHAVIOR TO STOP!?
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by:Sander Stad
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What is the name of the website you're deleting.
What else runs on your webserver.
Do you have any other applications installed on the server that use IIS in some way?
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by:danielevans83
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Sharepoint.  It is a couple of extra SP sites that keep reappearing for some reason, not sure where they're coming from.  
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by:Sander Stad
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Sharepoint uses IIS to publish its portal(s) so I think that's your problem. And as long as the Sharepoint agent runs it'll probably create those directories again and again.
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by:Ted Bouskill
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Are you using WSS 3.0?  Sharepoint renders content dynamically from a database so as long as it's installed it's capable of recreating the root site and responding to page requests.

You either have to redefine Sharepoint to use another port OR uninstall it.
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by:danielevans83
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Interesting.  I don't see them listed in Sharepoint anywhere...should I check in Central Admin next time I see them pop up in IIS?  Yes I am using WSS 3.0.

I'm tempted to just change them to different ports next time I see them, as long as it will stop recreating them and disabling my default port 80 site.

Would that work?
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by:Ted Bouskill
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You CAN'T do this change completely from IIS.  You have to use WSS Central Administration to reconfigure the web applications to use a different port.  It's not an easy task.  If you don't want to use WSS why don't you uninstall it?
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Um, we are using WSS 3.0.  My issue is that there seem to be "extra" Sharepoint sites that are interfering with the function of our normal ones.  So should they reappear next time in Central Admin if I see them in IIS again?  Or is there a chance I will still have to uninstall WSS 3.0 and reinstall to fix this issue?

Why would it be hard to delete sites in Central Admin?  Does Microsoft make this stuff extra complicated just to give us that extra push towards Linux and Groupware?
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by:Ted Bouskill
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It all depends on how you installed WSS.  The only way to make technology simpler is to remove choices and flexibility.  IE: Apple makes it easy to manage your video card because you have no choices.  They pick one for you.

WSS can be reconfigured to avoid interfering with the default website.  Microsoft gives you many choices and options, you simply have to use them.  If you give me more details about your configuration I can try to help.

PS: I have 25 years of Unix/Open Source experience.  The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  Cheers
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by:danielevans83
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Oddly, and without reason, they stopped creating themselves...  *knock on wood*

I haven't changed anything since the beginning of this question...it really bugs me that Windows behaves this way sometimes.  "Ghost" problems.  I bet they randomly appear again in a month or so...
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Didn't touch CA or anything else and IIS stopped creating them.  Must have been a fluke.
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