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IIS 7 UI giving an error when accessed

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Hi All,

I have an old web server we are hoping to migrate off of very soon, but I'm just trying to keep this bucket of bolts running until the client is prepared for the transition (months off).

Recently we've updated some functionality in our application that requires an update to a setting in IIS, but on this production box, I can no longer access the IIS UI. IIS Manager loads just fine, but when i click the server to open the sites, I'm getting "Error trying to connect. Do you want to re type your credentials and try again?" and then details about a file that could not be loaded. I've included a screenshot of the full error.

So my question is, with the web application itself still running fine, but IIS Manager UI inaccessible, what would be my options for getting my settings changed. I'm looking at ASP activity and request timeout and maxfilesize values.

Would reinstalling IIS likely resolve this missing file issue? I think there are command lines to make these changes, aren't there? I can't seem to get a usable syntax on the web.

IIS error message
Any suggestions would be most welcome!

Thank you

Bill
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by:Dan McFadden
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If the server is running WinServer 2003, then its running IIS6.  You cannot use IIS7 manager to remotely manage IIS6.

Have you tried to log on to the Win2003 server and run the IIS6 manager from there?

Dan
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by:billium99
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Eureka!

In fact IIS6 Manager is nowhere to be found!

So...

Is there a way from a browser to tell what version of IIS this server is serving? It's impossible to upgrade to IIS7 in Server 2003?

Thanks

Bill
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Windows Server 2003 can only run IIS6.

To get to a newer version of IIS, you must deploy a server with the appropriate OS version:

1. IIS 6.0 runs on Windows Server 2003
2. IIS 7.0 runs on Windows Server 2008
3. IIS 7.5 runs on Windows Server 2008 R2
4. IIS 8.0 runs on Windows Server 2012
5. IIS 8.5 runs on Windows Server 20012 R2

IIS version history:
Wikipedia = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Information_Services
MS = http://support.microsoft.com/kb/224609/en-us

You can install IIS6 Manager on the 2003 server to manage that set of sites, but you are stuck with IIS6 until you can migrate the sites/apps off.

Dan
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Thanks!
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