The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error 2149648394 (0x8021080A)

The IIS Admin Service service terminated with service-specific error 2149648394 (0x8021080A).

IIS Admin Service goes away after restoring a VHD / VPC Server

I recently had the unexpected pleasure of losing my IIS Admin server – altogether!!! Translate – 150% !!!

Now, before this – everything was going great – except. During an upgrade of MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) I encounted an issue that forced me to restore a VPC image – essentially bringing over another copy of the VHD and firing the server back up.

Interstingly, during that reboot – which for all intents should have gone fine – I see a hoard of DSKCHK processes running. Invariably, something got out of wack on the NTFS volumn between my shutting the image down and bringing it back up. During the ‘fixing’ process – a number of files invaribly can become corrupt – and the Metabase.xml – the blood-life of your IIS Admin service – is no exception. SO

Check in C:\Windows\System32\Inetsrv and you’ll find a ‘History’ folder. Within here – hopefully – you’ll find fairly recent backups of the Metabase.XML and MBSchema.XML objects. Before doing the following – be sure to backup the existing Metabase.xml and MBSchema.xml from C:\Windows\System32\Inetsrv first.

Now, rename a recent backup from the ‘History’ folder – renaming a recently Metabase.XML object, and then a recent MBSchema.XML object. Copy / Paste each of these to the C:\Windows\System32\Inetsrv.

Ahh, not quite done.

Now do a IISRESET from a command prompt.

Hopefully this will get you back to where you need to be.


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