IIS 7 Corrupted and will not Remove from Windows Server 2008
Posted on 2009-04-13
OK i am totally stuck with this one - i have tried everything i know but still no luck. First off, a bit of background information. This server is an active Exchange 2007 server, and is currently in operation. However, it would not accept OWA requests from the internet. After a lot of researching, it became apparent that that all i could try to do was remove the owa virtual directory. I ran the relevant command from Exchange Management Shell, and it said it removed successfully, although this was the start of all my troubles. I could then not recreate this directory either via IIS or the Exchange Management Shell.
I then tried to remove the default web site, via both IIS and EMS again, however it would not go anywhere, giving ,me an error about the applicationHost.config file being corrupt. I then tried removing IIS Role form the Server Manager, which said it was successful. After rebooting, it appeared that updates were being installed and after logging in, it said that IIS was uninstalled and that i had to reboot. After rebooting (which took much longer than the first time) it gave me the same message, and after rebooting (which took eveeeen longer) it says the same thing AGAIN!! It just will not remove.
After further inspection, i cannot find the IIS Admin Service under services, not can i find WOrld Wide Web Publishing Service. But it still thinks i need to reboot to remove IIS, and will not let me add it until i reboot. But i know if i reboot, i will get the same message again and will go round in this loop forever until it takes all week to reboot.
Has anybody ever had this issue? If not, could somebody pelase guide me through manually removing IIS 7?
It may also be worth noting that i can still open IIS manager, however my server does not appear there. And i cannot delete the Inetsvr folder either, i am assuming because it is protected via Windows File Protection.
Any ideas would be much appreciated!