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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Migrating from IIS 5 to IIS 6 - manual way

A few years back I tried to migrate from IIS 5 to IIS 6 with the tools provided but failed miserably. It is probably because of how we structured our content. Most of the resources I found refers to IIS Migration Tool because it is the easiest way to migrate. However, it may not work for some of you.

Microsoft expects most of our pages to be placed in c:\inetpub\wwwroot but it provides you an option to map any folder you can find on the server. The methods illustrated here are only works with Windows 2003 (it does not work with Windows XP.

Assuming that you started a new Windows 2003 server, first thing is to copy the codes from old server. Next right click on the IIS as follows:






This will generate a XML file containing all the information needed to generate the website.

Edit the xml file and then find the section showing IIsWebVirtualDir as shown below and then duplicate it. Replace the mapping with the ons you need:

<IIsWebVirtualDir Location ="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/engr"
AccessFlags="AccessRead | AccessScript"
AppFriendlyName=""
AppIsolated="2"
AppRoot="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/engr"
DirBrowseFlags="DirBrowseShowDate | DirBrowseShowTime | DirBrowseShowSize | DirBrowseShowExtension | DirBrowseShowLongDate | EnableDefaultDoc"
Path="E:\engr"
>
<Custom
Name="Win32Error"
ID="1099"
Value="0"
Type="DWORD"
UserType="IIS_MD_UT_SERVER"
Attributes="INHERIT"
/>
</IIsWebVirtualDir>


In the case above, the virtual directory is engr, so you should be able access it via http://localhost/engr/... The physical folder in the above exmaple is e:\engr.

You can then edit and map the folder accordingly. Assuming you have configured the IIS to use Framework 1.1, then you will see the following (which defines the default .Net framework when you configure an application):
<IIsWebVirtualDir Location ="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT"
AccessFlags="AccessRead | AccessScript"
AppFriendlyName=""
AppIsolated="2"
AppPoolId="DefaultAppPool"
AppRoot="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT"
AspEnableParentPaths="TRUE"
AuthFlags="AuthAnonymous | AuthNTLM"
DefaultDoc="Default.htm,Default.asp,iisstart.asp,Default.aspx,index.html"
HttpCustomHeaders="MicrosoftOfficeWebServer: 5.0_Pub
X-Powered-By: ASP.NET"
MimeMap=".chw,application/octet-stream
.lic,application/octet-stream"
Path="E:\webfiles\wwwroot"
ScriptMaps=".asa,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.asax,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ascx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ashx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.asmx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.asp,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.aspx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.axd,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.cdx,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.cer,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.config,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.cs,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.csproj,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.idc,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\httpodbc.dll,5,GET,POST
.licx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.rem,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.resources,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.resx,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.shtm,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.shtml,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.soap,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.stm,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.vb,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.vbproj,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.vsdisco,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.webinfo,C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG"
UNCPassword="49634462500000000600000040000000822fdfd482b3000000000000420032004300390042003700420034004600330034004400300038004200320031003100300041003500350039003100460037005d00000000000000"
>

Virtual folders that needs to use a framework other then the default will need to specify more as in:

<IIsWebVirtualDir Location ="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/Test2"
AccessFlags="AccessRead | AccessScript"
AppFriendlyName=""
AppIsolated="2"
AppRoot="/LM/W3SVC/1/ROOT/TEST2"
DirBrowseFlags="DirBrowseShowDate | DirBrowseShowTime | DirBrowseShowSize | DirBrowseShowExtension | DirBrowseShowLongDate | EnableDefaultDoc"
Path="E:\testWEb\Test2"
ScriptMaps=".asa,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.asax,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ascx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ashx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.asmx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.asp,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.aspx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.axd,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.cdx,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.cer,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\asp.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,TRACE
.config,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.cs,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.csproj,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.idc,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\httpodbc.dll,5,GET,POST
.licx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.rem,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.resources,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.resx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.shtm,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.shtml,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.soap,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.stm,C:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\ssinc.dll,5,GET,POST
.vb,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.vbproj,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.vsdisco,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.webinfo,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.master,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.skin,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.compiled,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.browser,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.mdb,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.jsl,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.vjsproj,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.sitemap,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.msgx,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ad,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.dd,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ldd,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.sd,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.cd,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.adprototype,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.lddprototype,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.sdm,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.sdmDocument,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ldb,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.svc,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,1,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.mdf,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.ldf,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.java,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.exclude,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG
.refresh,c:\windows\microsoft.net\framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_isapi.dll,5,GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG"
>
</IIsWebVirtualDir>


Once you have modified and finalized your file, you can then import it in by right clicking on the IIS and then select new and then create Web Site (from file).



This trick can also be done on the folder level just right clicking on a specific folder get the smaller file. You can then edit the smaller file and add other folders. This is much faster then manually creating individual virtual folders. Once complete then you can use the above to create New Virtual Directory (from file).

8 comments:

Zulfiqar Talpur said...

Woow dat's nice tric..
Thanks buddy

Strovek said...

You are welcome.

Glad it helps.

mikewheatie said...

Do you have any experience migrating a website from IIS 5 to IIS 7? There is no way to create a website from a file in IIS 7. Do you know of any work arounds?

Strovek said...

I have not tried IIS 7. Will try it when I get a chance.

Strovek said...

Hi! I just posted an update on the commands to use for IIS 7 migration. It can be found in:

http://programmersjournal.blogspot.com/2009/12/migrating-from-iis-56-to-iis-7.html

Fratelli said...

The images you used to describe the process you took are not working...any chance you can repost them?

Strovek said...

Fratelli,

The image appears fine. I found that sometimes when the internet is slow, the images will not appear.

Try reloading or access when the internet speed is faster.

ASP.Net Migration said...

Nice migration details about IIS5 to IIS6.