Windows – Best way to clone IIS settings to new server

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I have a number of asp and asp.net 2.0 applications that I need to move to a new Win2003 server.

I've created a test suite to verify that different aspects are installed and configured properly, but other than exporting the IIS metabase from the two servers and comparing manually, are there any tools or techniques I'm missing?

Best Solution

The Microsoft Web Deployment Tool should allow you to do pretty much what you want.

From the linked web site:

The Web Deployment Tool is a tool for simplifying the deployment, management and migration of Web applications, sites and even entire servers. Developers can package a Web site, automatically including content, configuration, certificates and databases. These packages can be directly deployed to a server or packaged and shared with others. IT Professionals can enable developers to deploy these packages to a server and delegate access to non-admins. IT Professionals can also use the tool in their infrastructure to synchronize servers easily on both IIS 6.0 and IIS 7.0, or even to accomplish a migration from IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0.

When it comes to metabase edits, it allows you to easily get a list of all settings your site is dependent on, and sync these to the target server (complete with a handy 'what if' mode).

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