Updated: August 22, 2005
Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1
The metabase is a repository for most Internet Information Services (IIS) configuration values. The metabase is a plaintext XML file and can be edited manually or programmatically. The metabase is also extensible in a highly efficient manner. As your IIS deployment grows, so does the metabase; however, by using an inheritance model, explicit declarations of duplicate values is avoided, reducing overhead when configuration values need to be read from the metabase.
This section includes the following information:
Enabling Edit-While-Running in IIS 6.0: Explains how to enable metabase edit-while-running by using IIS Manager and the command line.
Backing Up and Restoring the Metabase in IIS 6.0: Discusses backing up and restoring the metabase.
Metabase Import and Export in IIS 6.0: Describes site cloning, application cloning, and creating a metabase template to import from other servers running IIS.
Metabase Auditing: Describes enabling and disabling the feature that audits changes to IIS metabase settings.