Get IIS6 sites on rebuilt server

Posted on 2012-04-05
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Our IIS server died hard and I had to reinstall the OS.  The Inetpub folder was/is on a different partition, so it wasn't affected by the OS reinstall.  I have the OS reinstalled now and IIS is installed, but I don't know how to get IIS6 to see the sites.

Server 2003 SP3

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Question by:Jono Martin
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Expert Comment

by:Calvin Close
ID: 37812365
see if this helps. but I would think your looking for something similar.

Author Comment

by:Jono Martin
ID: 37812435
Hi calvinclose - Thanks for the link, but I already have IIS installed.  I need to import sites that were previously part of IIS before the server died.

Does anyone know how to do this?

Accepted Solution

kollenh earned 500 total points
ID: 37812458
Unfortunately, unless you had your IIS metabase backed up, there isn't an easy way to recover all your sites.  While you have all your site "code", the IIS configuration itself is more than just pages and scripts - that is where the IIS metabase comes in.
Backup and Restore IIS 6 Metabase

Baring a backup, you'll need to manually recreate each IIS site and point it to the correct folder on the original partition.  Just a note that your (new) site name doesn't need to match your original site name; however, if you have child applications, those most certainly have to match the original as they're part of the URL.

Let me know if you need additional information; I just presented the bare bones to get you started.
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Author Comment

by:Jono Martin
ID: 37812725
Hi kollenh - Thanks for the reply.  I have a recent backup of the server, or at least the server files.  Is there a file or folder I can restore to the server that would give me the metabase back?

Expert Comment

ID: 37812764
Hmm... I haven't tried to do it 'manually' before but since you have nothing configured, you don't have anything to lose if it doesn't go right.

Make a backup of your current IIS configuration - just in case.  Then open up the backup and look for 'MetaBase.xml' and 'MBSchema.xml' in the C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv folder.  Restore those files to the same location on the newly-built server.  Restart IIS and see what happens.

Author Closing Comment

by:Jono Martin
ID: 37812916
Well, it looks like the Windows directory wasn't part of the backup philosophy.  I guess we'll have to rebuild the sites.


Expert Comment

ID: 37812975
Ouch!  Sorry to hear, that is unfortunate.  Once you get it rebuild, I would do a manual backup and keep it somewhere safe.

Author Comment

by:Jono Martin
ID: 37813089
I will most certainly do that.  I'd rather not have to go through this again.

Thanks again kollenh.


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