Note: There have been some instances, where the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service has caused this behavior. That service is installed by default in Windows 2003 R2 machines. If this is not being used as a service, you can try disabling it and see if the issue is fixed. But if it the service is used on the server, then the below workaround is necessary in order to allow changes to the metabase. More info on the Windows Remote Management service can be found here.
- On the task bar click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
- Right-click IISAdmin Service and click Stop.
The following examples illustrate the commands that are necessary to stop and start IIS from a command prompt. To stop IIS from a command prompt:
net stop iisadmin /y
To start IIS from a command prompt:
net start w3svc
net start msftpsvc
net start smtpsvc
net start <short name for any other services that are listed when you stop IIS>
For additional information on finding the short names of services, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
For more information, see the notes in the IISReset window in the MMC.