20.2. Back up the critical components and data

Backing up an IIS server isn’t as complicated as most administrators think. You know the truth behind IIS: everything about your websites, bindings, and applications is in the XML configuration files. XML files are text files, which means you can copy them to a safe location, or even to a USB drive. Most administrators use a third-party backup tool because they make it easy to manage the backup process. Regardless, the important thing is to back up the IIS configurations, the website files and configurations, and any other content you have to support those websites. In this section I show you the critical configuration components, explain how to quickly and easily perform a backup/restore, and give ...

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