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Can't start IIS 7 (SBS2008) Error 4275 XML document must have a top level element, no backup

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Can't start IIS config service. Error 4275 Error parsing XML file. Reason: XML document must have a top level element.
I tried restoring the MetaBase with
appcmd restore backup CFGHISTORY_0000000XXX
using all 10 backup files and each failed to fix.
We are only using IIS for SBS 2008 Outlook Web Access (OWA)

I also get the next error ID 7024: The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error 2149648394 (0x8021080A).

How can I rebuild the Metabase from scratch or some other way to get this restarted?

Thanks,
Jerry
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Check  C:\Windows\System32\Inetsrv\History for an old version of the metabase xml

Rename the current xml to something else and rename one of the older versions to be the new metabase xml and reset iis or reboot.
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That did it - Thanks!
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FYI: The production metabase file is located here:
C:\Windows\System32\Inetsrv\metabase.xml
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