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IIS Site Archiving


When sites have expired or are no longer in use, its best to back them up and delete them from IIS, to keep the server tidy, and prevent unwanted access.
This tutorial explains how to archive a website, by saving the settings in an xml file (configuration file), the deleting the site from IIS.

1. Open IIS

You can open IIS on your server by going to:
  1. Control Panel
  2. Administative Tools
  3. Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager

2. Save configuration file

To save the configuration file, open IIS.
  • Expand the websites section and select the website you want to archive.
  • Right click on the website, then from the menu choose All Tasks, then save configuration to file.
  • You will be presented with a new window. In the file name textbox give the confiration file a meaningful name (such as the project codes or url), then select the path you wish to save the file, then save.

3. Delete website

To delete the website from IIS.
  • Right click on the website and the choose delete.
Note – the option to delete will not be available if you have any property windows still open.

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