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We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2008. IIS 7.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/prodtech/IIS.mspxFor more information about IIS 7.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
To restore the metabase, it is recommended that you use the Restore action in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). However, if no backup of the metabase was ever created by the MMC, or if the MMC cannot be started because the metabase has been corrupted too badly, you can attempt to manually restore the metabase by using one of the methods described in the "More Information" section.
Note You should back up the metabase regularly by using the Backup action in the MMC.
IIS 5.0For more information about Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300672/ )How to create a metabase backup in IIS 5
If a backup file created by the MMC is availableIf the Backup action in the MMC was used to create a backup file (FileName.mdBackupNumber), but the MMC cannot be opened because the current metabase is corrupted, perform the following steps to manually restore the metabase from the FileName.mdBackupNumber file.
If an older copy of the Metabase.bin file existsIf no backup file that was created by the MMC is available, but an older copy of the Metabase.bin file exists elsewhere (typically on a system tape backup), perform the following steps:
If no MMC backup file or older copy of the Metabase.bin file existsIf no backup file that was created by the MMC is available, and no older copy of the Metabase.bin file exists, a temporary backup of the metabase may still exist.
When the metabase is updated through the MMC or another process, a temporary backup of the metabase may be created. If the update was interrupted (which is possibly the cause of the corruption in the first place), there is a chance that this temporary file may still exist.
This temporary file is named either Metabase.bak or Metabase.bin.bak, and is located in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv folder. If this temporary file exists, perform the following steps to attempt to restore the metabase:
If no metabase backup file existsIf no backup files of the metabase are available, the only way to restore IIS functionality is to do the following.
Note All IIS settings that are stored in the metabase will be lost.
IIS 5.0Uninstall and then reinstall IIS 5.0.
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Article ID: 234429 - Last Review: July 7, 2008 - Revision: 8.1
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