Archive for August, 2007
Seems like every so often, we see a rash of these in the community, and it’s always painful when we do. I have no idea what triggers the cycle, or even if it’s anything more than a coincidence, but it seems to be happening again. A rash of posts in various places where people think that reinstalling IIS on SBS is a good idea, or that they’re trying to recover from having already done it.
Folks, please don’t do this.
I don’t care that KB 320202 gives instructions on how to remove and reinstall IIS on a server running Exchange. If you scroll down to the bottom of that KB, you might notice that Small Business Server is NOT listed in the “Applies To” section. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that most of the time we say that SBS is the “same as” Windows 2003 Server Standard, but in this case we are most decidedly NOT.
SBS has so much more tied in with IIS than just Exchange, so if you did decide to remove/reinstall IIS, you’re going to break a whole bunch of things: Backup, Monitoring and Reporting, Companyweb, Remote Web Workplace, ConnectComputer. KB 320202 doesn’t address those tools at all, just Exchange.
If you end up getting your hands on a box that has already had IIS removed and reinstalled, you might be able to fix several things by reinstalling the Administration Tools in the SBS integrated setup, but even that is going to be a longshot at best.
If you’re reading this before you remove and reinstall IIS, good. STOP NOW! Don’t do it. Troubleshoot the actual errors you’re getting and find and fix the problem. Ignore KB320202. And should you be in one of those rare cases where someone affiliated with Microsoft has suggested that you remove and reinstall IIS, please let me know immediately. Or let Marina know over at smallbizserver.net. Or find someone in the SBS community to get a second opinion with. But DON’T UNINSTALL IIS on your SBS box without getting at least a second or third opinion. Please. Chances are, you’ll deeply regret it if you do.