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How to Back Up the IIS 6.0 Metabase

Updated: May 22, 2009

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007 R2, Operations Manager 2007 SP1

The Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 metabase is a hierarchical store that contains configuration information and schema used to configure IIS. For Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, IIS supports components such as the Web console server and SQL Server Reporting Services; therefore, you must back up the IIS metabase. Operations Manager 2007 SP1 and Operations Manager 2007 R2 Web components will both run on Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6. This procedure is the same for any version of Operations Manager 2007 running on Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6.

Use the following procedure to back up the IIS 6.0 metabase. For more information about the IIS 6.0 metabase, see the IIS 6.0 Technical Reference (

To back up the IIS 6.0 metabase

  1. Open Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.

  2. Right-click the name of your computer in IIS Manager, point to All Tasks, and then click Backup/Restore Configuration.

  3. In the Configuration Backup/Restore dialog box, click Create Backup, and then type a name for this backup.

    If you want to create secure backup, in the Configuration Backup dialog box, select the Encrypt backup using password check box, type a password in the Password box, and then type the same password in the Confirm password box. The backup name cannot contain any symbols, just letters and numbers.

  4. Click OK to back up the administrative settings in the metabase.

    The backup name and its date and time are now listed under Previous backups.

  5. Click Close, and then close IIS Manager.