How can I restore the Microsoft IIS metabase backup in Windows 2000 and later?

A. You should be aware that you can't restore an IIS metabase backup from another computer; however, Microsoft provides utilities for copying IIS configuration information between machines. To restore an IIS metabase backup, perform the following steps:

  1. Start the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager snap-in (go to Start, Programs, Administrative Tools, then click Internet Information Services Manager).
  2. Right-click the name of the machine that hosts the IIS services, then select Backup/Restore Configuration from the All Tasks menu.
  3. Select the backup you want to restore, then click Restore, as this figure shows.
  4. When the system asks whether you're sure that you want to continue, click Yes.
  5. If the backup is password protected, you'll need to enter the password.
  6. After the backup restoration is finished, click OK to close the confirmation window.
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