Event ID 9011 — IIS Application Host History Configuration

Updated: March 24, 2009

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

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The ApplicationHost Helper Service (AppHostSvc) maintains a history of Internet Information Services (IIS) configuration by saving the ApplicationHost.config file to separate configuration history subdirectories. If you make a mistake when you modify the ApplicationHost.config file, you can restore an earlier version of the file from a configuration history subdirectory by copying the earlier version into the %Windir%\system32\inetsrv\config directory. You can specify the frequency with which AppHostSvc checks for configuration changes, the path of the directory that contains the subdirectories, and how many subdirectories to keep.

By default, the Application Host Helper Service checks for changes in the ApplicationHost.config file every two minutes. If it detects that the configuration has changed, it creates a backup. The default location for the configuration history files is %SystemDrive%\inetpub\history. AppHostSvc creates one subdirectory under this directory for each configuration file backup. By default, the maximum number of history subdirectories is 10. If the number of configuration history subdirectories reaches the maximum specified, the oldest subdirectory is deleted.

AppHostSvc is a runtime-independent service that does not require the Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) or the World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC) to operate. AppHostSvc does not depend on any other service and its startup type is Automatic. If the ApplicationHost Helper Service is stopped, the configuration history feature will not work.

Event Details

Product: Internet Information Services
ID: 9011
Source: Microsoft-Windows-IIS-APPHOSTSVC
Version: 7.5
Symbolic Name: APPHOSTSVC_HISTORY_ISOLATION_PATH_UNC_ERROR
Message: The directory specified for the root history directory is a UNC path, which is not allowed. The feature will be disabled. To resolve this issue, please set it to a local directory. The feature will be enabled again if the configuration is correct. The data field contains the error number.

Resolve

Configure the history directory to point to a local path

The configuration history folder must be set to a local path on a local hard disk; it cannot be set to a UNC path. To reconfigure the history directory to a local path, back up the ApplicationHost.config file, then change the history directory path.

To perform these procedures, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

Back up the ApplicationHost.config file

To back up the ApplicationHost.config file:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. At the command prompt, type cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv.
  3. Type appcmd add backup backupName to back up the ApplicationHost.config file.

    A directory with the backup name that you specify will be created under the %Windir%\system32\inetsrv\backup directory. If you do not specify a name, appcmd will generate a directory name automatically using the current date and time.

Change the history directory path

To change the history directory path:

  1. At an elevated Command Prompt window, type cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv\config.
  2. Type notepad ApplicationHost.config.
  3. In notepad, search for the configHistory section under the system.applicationHost section.
  4. Find the path attribute and note its value.
  5. Change the value to correspond to a path on a local physical hard disk. The default path for this attribute is %SystemDrive%\inetpub\history.
  6. Save and close the ApplicationHost.config file.

See Also

IIS 7.0: configHistory Element (IIS Settings Schema)

Verify

To verify the configuration of the AppHostSvc configuration history backup feature, you can do the following:

  • Use notepad to examine the current configHistory section settings in the ApplicationHost.config file.
  • Use the Appcmd.exe command-line administration utility to view the configHistory section in the ApplicationHost.config file.

To perform these procedures, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

View the configHistory section by using notepad

To view the configHistory section by using notepad:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Type cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv\config.
  3. Type notepad ApplicationHost.config.
  4. In notepad, search for the configHistory section under system.applicationHost. The contents should resemble the following:

    <system.applicationHost>

        <configHistory enabled="true" path="%SystemDrive%\inetpub\history" maxHistories="10" period="00:02:00" />

    </system.applicationHost>

View the configHistory section by using Appcmd.exe

To view the configHistory section by using Appcmd.exe:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Type cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv.
  3. Type appcmd list config "Default Web Site" /section:configHistory /config:*. (This example uses the default Web site; replace the site name as necessary.)

See Also

IIS 7.0: configHistory Element (IIS Settings Schema)

Related Management Information

IIS Application Host History Configuration

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5

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