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Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 Administrator’s Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Appendix A. Comprehensive IIS 7.0 Module and Schema Reference

In IIS 6, the configuration of a Web server is stored in the metabase, which is formatted using Extensible Markup Language (XML). When you create a backup of the metabase in IIS 6, you back up the server configuration into XML files stored in the %SystemRoot%\System32\Inetsrv directory. The metabase files are not meant to be edited and instead are managed through the IIS 6 Manager.

Although IIS 7.0 includes IIS 6 metabase support, IIS 7.0 does not use a metabase to store configuration information. Instead, IIS 7.0 uses a distributed configuration system with a single global configuration file, zero or more application-specific configuration files, and XML schema files that define the ...

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