Apr 4, 2012

Changing Physical Path of multiple Applications in IIS 7

Hello All,

Usually, we need functionality where we have more then one set of application configured in our machine, like QA environment and DEV environment. We don’t have way to keep two directory pointing to same location in single web site.

We can use backup feature for IIS 7 which helps to take backup as well as change directories of multiple applications at same time. First we are going to do backup IIS7

Go to your inetsvr directory for your system’s system32 directory from command prompt. Make sure you are using Administrator account, if not then open command prompt with “run as administrator”


Write following command in command prompt

appcmd add backup NAME_OF_BACKUP


I have created backup with name IISBackup, So we created backup of IIS including application pool, application, virtual directory etc. We will now change the physical path of more then one application and then restore backup back to IIS

Open backup folder in explorer.


Open that folder and edit applicationHost.config into notepad


In sites tag you can see your application with all details. Update physicalPath with your new path and save the file


Once you are done with this, go back to command prompt to restore our updated IIS settings, write following command, it will take few secs to set your new configurations.

appcmd restore backup NAME_OF_BACKUP


You are done!

So, we see how to backup and restore IIS, and how to change physical path of more then one applications.