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Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 Resource Kit by The Microsoft IIS Team

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Restarting and Alternatives to Restarting IIS 6.0

In earlier versions of IIS, if an application became unavailable, restarting IIS by using the IISReset.exe command-line tool was a common recovery practice. However, restarting or stopping IIS, or rebooting your Web server is a severe action. When you restart IIS, all of the sessions that are connected to your Web server, including the World Wide Web Publishing service (WWW service), FTP, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP), are dropped. Any data held in Web applications is lost, and all of the Internet sites are unavailable until the Internet services are restarted. To avoid this, IIS 6.0 requires fewer restarts than earlier versions of IIS.

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