Howto: Export IIS 7.0 web server configuration

To export a backup copy of your IIS 7.0 configuration on a Windows 2008 Server:

Open Server Manager

Expand Roles – Web Server (IIS) – Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

Highlight the web server name

From the Management category, double click Shared Configuration

Under Actions, select Export Configuration. Accept or change the default export path of C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\config\export

Click the Connect As button, and enter administrative credentials. If the server is a domain member, you may need to enter your credentials in the format domain\username or

Enter the encryption keys password twice and press OK

You should now have three files in the C:\Windows\system32\inetsrv\config\export directory: administration.config, applicationHost.config, and configEncKey.key. Save the files in a safe place.

One Response to “Howto: Export IIS 7.0 web server configuration”

  1. Pierre Says:

    Hi Julie,

    Hmm… there’s another way around: no configuration at all:

    TrustLeap G-WAN is also faster than IIS (and faster than ASP.Net C#) with a much lower footprint (108 KB).

    Keep up the good work! (but don’t forget that sometimes it’s better to avoid problems rather than to resolve them…)


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