IIS: Creating a backup of your IIS7 configuration

October 7, 2010

Backing up IIS7 configuration is as simple as copying the \windows\system32\inetsrv\config directory (and subdirectories) into a backup directory, so you don’t need anything special to do it. Just include this directory in whatever your OS/content back-up plan is, or write a custom script to do it.

To help make managing backups easy, we’ve added a simple cmd-line option to AppCmd.exe that makes management of backup/restore sets easy. For example, to backup configuration, run the follow command:

 %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe add backup "My Backup Name"

to restore that backup, run this command:

 %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe restore backup "My Backup Name"

to delete a backup, run this command:

 %windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe delete backup "My Backup Name"

More detail can be found here.