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Pause Web or FTP Sites

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

To ensure that service to clients is not interrupted, pause all Web and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) sites on the Web server before taking the server offline. Pausing a site prevents the site from accepting new connections, but does not affect requests that are already being processed. Stopping a site does not interfere with other Internet services that are running.

You can pause a Web or FTP site by using either IIS Manager or a command-line script.

Requirements

  • Credentials: Membership in the Administrators group on the local computer.

  • Tools: Iis.msc.

Recommendation

As a security best practice, log on to your computer using an account that is not in the Administrators group, and then use the Run as command to run IIS Manager as an administrator. At the command prompt, type runas /user:administrative_accountname mmc %systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\iis.msc.

Procedures

Pausing Web Sites

If you pause a Web site, you can temporarily reduce the load on the computer that hosts the site, and can make changes to the folder or document structure of the Web site.

To pause a Web site by using Internet Services Manager in IIS 4.0
  1. Click Start, click Programs, click Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack, click Microsoft Internet Information Server, and then click Internet Services Manager.

  2. In Internet Services Manager, right-click the Web site you want to pause, and then click Pause.

To pause a Web site by using Internet Services Manager in IIS 5.0
  1. Open Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Services Manager.

  2. In Internet Services Manager, right-click the Web site you want to pause, and then click Pause.

    noteNote
    If a site stops unexpectedly, Internet Services Manager might not correctly indicate the state of the site. In IIS, right-click the Web Sites folder and then click Refresh to see the current state of all Web sites.

Pausing FTP Sites

To pause an FTP site by using Internet Services Manager in IIS 4.0
  1. Click Start, click Programs, click Windows NT 4.0 Option Pack, click Microsoft Internet Information Server, and then click Internet Services Manager.

  2. In Internet Services Manager, right-click the FTP site you want to pause; and then click Pause.

To pause an FTP site by using Internet Services Manager in IIS 5.0
  1. Open Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Services Manager.

  2. In Internet Services Manager, right-click the FTP site you want to pause, and click Pause.

    noteNote
    If a site stops unexpectedly, Internet Services Manager might not correctly indicate the state of the site. In IIS, right-click the FTP Sites folder and click Refresh to see the current state of all FTP sites.

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