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Backing Up the IIS 6.0 Metabase

Updated: August 22, 2005

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

Metabase backups created with IIS 4.0 or IIS 5.0 cannot be restored on IIS 6.0. As a result, you cannot use any existing metabase backups of the Web server after the upgrade. After you have verified that IIS 6.0 hosts Web sites and applications as it did before the upgrade, back up the metabase before continuing with the upgrade process.

The remaining steps in the upgrade process focus on hosting the Web sites and applications in worker process isolation mode. Before changing the IIS configuration to worker process isolation mode, verify that you have a backup of the current IIS configuration by backing up the metabase.

In the event that an unforeseen problem occurs while you are configuring IIS 6.0 to run the applications in worker process isolation mode, you can restore the applications to a known operational state. This will provide a known starting place from which to retry the configuration of the server.

For information about how to back up the IIS 6.0 metabase, see Back Up and Restore the IIS Metabase.

Upon completion of the upgrade process, a backup of the IIS 6.0 metabase is automatically created. However, changes to the Web service extensions list are not reflected in that backup.

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