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Move IIS6 from one server to another

Posted on 2011-03-18
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I am having some server issues and wish to move a small number of sites hosted on my server to a new server hardware. Is this just a matter of backup and restore the IIS config and folders and restoring to new server with same IP address. or are there other issues to consider.

Luckily we have no ssl to consider.

Guidance would be appricaiated.
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No, you can simply backup and restore the IIS config and the required folders.  

You can backup and restore the data as per: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/d40b56ee-90d4-45e1-9b82-4aaea90eb02e.mspx?mfr=true
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make sure you have the same admin password for the new server or it will ask for username and password if it is a anonymous access website.
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the admin user is not used for accessing annonymous websites so why would this make a difference? The IUSR_SERVER name user is used and this will be different anyaway.
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If would recommend to use the following commands to backup/restore your IIS configuration from a server to another:

Prerequisites:
- Microsoft IIS Web Deployment Tool on BOTH servers

On the source server (Using the Web Deploy Command Line)
msdeploy -verb:sync -source:webserver60 -disableLink:contentExtension -dest:archivedir=d:\myarchivedir,encryptPassword=MyPassword 

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That command will generate two xml files:
- archive.xml
- systemInfo.xml

Copy them over the network to the new server to a path of your choice. Make sure to remember the path.

On the destination server (Using the Web Deploy Command Line)
msdeploy -verb:sync -source:archivedir=d:\myarchivedir,encryptPassword=MyPassword -dest:webserver60

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This procedure won't copy the data under /wwwroot/. I would recommend to backup/restore your wwwroot data using your backup solution.

Thanks!
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I forgot to give you the URL for the IIS Web Deployment Tool:
http://www.iis.net/download/webdeploy

Thank you
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