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Kill IIS process without rebooting

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Submitted on: 4/10/2002 7:21:19 AM
By: Cakkie  
Level: Beginner
User Rating: By 6 Users
Compatibility:ASP (Active Server Pages)

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     Ever had to restart IIS when it was caught up in a loop, or doing some other stuff which results in IIS not coming down. Service manager fails to stop the www service, task manager gets the "Permission denied error". Only way out is a reboot? Not true!

 
 
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Killing IIS

We've probably all been in an endless-loop situation, or in a situation where your dll called from ASP hangs (every used a msgbox in a dll?).

Bottom line, we need to restart the IIS services. However, because the process is still active, the service manager isn't able to shut it down. When trying to forcefully kill the inetinfo.exe process, or the DLLHOST.EXE process your dll is running in, we get a permission denied error, even when doing this as an administrator. In this case, you probably ended up rebooting the machine...

However, you don't need to. There's a tool from Microsoft, which is installed when installing IIS. It is called iisreset, and can be found in the winnt\system32 folder. This can be run from the command line, and takes a few parameters. The most important are:

/RESTARTStops and starts IIS
/STARTStarts IIS (if stopped)
/STOPStops IIS (if started)
/REBOOTReboots the PC
/REBOOTONERRORReboots the PC if it fails to stop IIS without forcing it
/NOFORCEDo not force it to stop
/TIMEOUT:XAfter X seconds, IIS is forced to stop, unless /NOFORCE was given. If /REBOOTONERROR was given, this will reboot the system.

This can save you a lot of time, since you don't have to reboot the entire system. Very usefull in systems that have a high load, since downtimes are shorter.

I hope this is of use for anyone, it was (and I'm sure it will always be) for me.


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4/11/2002 2:28:00 AM:Cesare
Man, I was looking for this. Have I ever told you that you're really GREAT ?!? Have a nive day, you LampedGuru //:wink Cesare Imperiali
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4/11/2002 3:42:52 AM:Cakkie
Cesare, have you ever ... never mind :wink
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4/11/2002 7:28:06 AM:Joshua
Now, if only this little trick worked for NT4.... This only works for Win2000.
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4/11/2002 1:03:59 PM:Cakkie
Well, this can be done using NET STOP on NT. I don't know the exact syntax however.
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4/13/2002 12:27:46 PM:Pingo
Excellent! I have to restart IIS very often due to some problems, so this is really very useful for me. Thanks.
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4/24/2002 5:28:20 AM:Mike
Cool, I didn't know about this. I always used NET STOP but somtimes it takes a long time or doesn't stop the process correctly. I'll give this one a shot the next time dllhost.exe maxes out.
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5/3/2002 1:01:39 PM:Marc
use this on NT4/IIS4: net stop iisadmin /y mtxstop net start w3svc (also works on w2k but iisreset is prefered)
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