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Migrate IIS from Windows 2000 Server to Windows 2003 Server

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Hi,

I am in the process of upgrading one of our servers to a new Dell Poweredge 2950 (2x quad-core, RAID1 setup, etc.) I have completed most of the upgrades, the only thing left is to migrate IIS from the old Win 2000 server to the new Win 2003 box.

I am going to look into it today and tomorrow and try the import/export settings for a kick off. I just wondered if you guys had come across a more efficient way to migrate IIS from one machine to another.

Any comments are greatly appreciated.

Regards, Rob
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Assuming they are domain-joined and/or have a trust relationship between the two, the obvious choice to me would be using 'iiscnfg.vbs' - it will create a backup copy of the IIS metabase, copy it to your other server and do a restore all in one easy step.  Of course you'll still have to copy over the site files and reinstall any necessary certificates but in terms of an easy and accurate transfer method, that is the way to go.
More information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/81f04967-f02f-4845-9795-bad2fe1a1687.mspx?mfr=true
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Hi,

That command did not work due to the source server being in WIndows 2000, and the target server as 2003.

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Hi Rob,
My apologies, I missed the fact you're changing versions.  Microsoft has an IIS 6 migration tool that should help you out, download it here:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2aefc3e4-ce97-4f25-ace6-127f933a6cd2&displaylang=en
An excerpt from the documentation shows what it can do for you; there are some limitations so you'll need to evaluate how much help it really may be for you.  I would imagine you could combine this with  some  scripting using the native IIS6 tools and you should get where you want to go.

The migration tool does the following: 
"      Backs up the IIS metabase configuration on the target server.
"      Migrates Web site content from the source server to the target server. 
You can change the path for migrated content so that it will reside in a new location on the target server. You also can choose to migrate only the metabase configuration, not the content.
"      Copies file system access control lists (ACLs) for migrated content.
"      Copies the Web sites IIS metabase configuration from the source server to the target server.
"      Maps IIS 4.0 and IIS 5.0 application isolation settings to IIS 6.0 application pool settings. 
An application pool is a grouping of URLs that are routed to one or more worker processes.
"      Writes operations to a log file. 
In addition, you can specify that the migration tool should do the following:
"      Change the Web root directory path from the source server to the target server.
"      Re-extend Microsoft® FrontPage® Server-extended sites.
"      Change the IP address, port, and host-header information of the migrated site to new values that you specify.
"      Change the site ID.
If you need to migrate multiple Web sites from the source server, you must run the migration tool once for each web site that you need to migrate.
The migration tool does not support migrating metabase nodes that are located below the site level. Therefore, you cannot use it to migrate an individual virtual directory or a Web directory.


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