migrate IIS websites from Server 2008r2 to 2012r2

I'm using MS Web Deploy 3.5 on my Windows Server 2008 r2 box running iis 7.0  to create a package of an existing website using the following command in a batch file:

C:\Progra~1\IIS\Micros~1\msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -enableLink:AppPoolExtension -source:apphostconfig="mywebsite.com.au" -dest:package=c:\mywebsite.com.au.zip 

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and after copying that to a location on my Windows Server 2012 r2 box running iis 8.5, I use the following command to import it:

C:\Progra~1\IIS\Micros~1\msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -enableLink:AppPoolExtension -source:package=c:\Shared\mywebsite.com.au.zip -dest:apphostconfig="mywebsite.com.au" > msdeploysync-mywebsite.com.au.log

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It shows no error and all of the files now appear in the correct location in c:\inetpub, but nothing appears in IIS's website or application pool list...

Can someone please help determine what is going wrong here?

ReeceICT ConsultantAsked:
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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Can you post some info from the generated log?  There may be some helpful info inside?

Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I would try the import command as follows:

C:\Progra~1\IIS\Micros~1\msdeploy.exe -verb:sync -enableLink:AppPoolExtension -source:package=c:\Shared\mywebsite.com.au.zip -dest:auto > msdeploysync-mywebsite.com.au.log

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The "-dest:auto" will take the information that is in the source package and deploy the application with the same parameters as on the original server.

Also, make sure to run from a command prompt using the "Run as Administrator" option.


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ReeceICT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
This is from the log for this particular website.  (it's an all but empty site and i've changed the url)

Info: Adding MSDeploy.appHostConfig (MSDeploy.appHostConfig).
Info: Adding appHostConfig (mywebsite.com.au).
Info: Updating site (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']).
Info: Adding child bindings (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/bindings/binding).
Info: Adding child bindings (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/bindings/binding).
Info: Updating limits (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/limits).
Info: Updating logFile (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/logFile).
Info: Deleting customFields (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/logFile/customFields).
Info: Updating applicationDefaults (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/applicationDefaults).
Info: Deleting provider (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/ftpServer/security/customAuthorization/provider).
Info: Deleting customAuthorization (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/ftpServer/security/customAuthorization).
Info: Adding child site (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/application[@path='/']).
Info: Adding child application (MSDeploy.appHostConfig/appHostConfig[@path='mywebsite.com.au']/site[@name='mywebsite.com.au']/application[@path='/']/virtualDirectory[@path='/']).
Info: Adding directory (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au).
Info: Adding directory (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au\aspnet_client).
Info: Adding directory (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au\aspnet_client\system_web).
Info: Adding directory (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au\aspnet_client\system_web\4_0_30319).
Info: Adding file (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au\index.html).
Info: Adding file (C:\inetpub\mywebsite.com.au\web.config).

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Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
Is this from your original command line run or from after trying the command in my post?

ReeceICT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
my original.
it's weird right - everything looks like it worked
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
OK, well at least its working.  Sometimes a second pair of eyes is needed, if only to look and ask a question.

ReeceICT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Your suggestion of using "-dest:auto" worked.
All sites appeared in IIS.  
The only issue I had after this was a reference to default document in the web.config files for many of the sites.  After removing those entries, all sites started working fine.

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