Proper way to take an IIS website down for maintenance

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What is the proper way to take an IIS website down for maintenance?

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Well I suppose you would have to learn when your server is receiving the least amount of traffic and plan on that time frame to do it in. Maybe post up that your server is down for maintenance message for a duration. Usually you can do this on a second server with IIS perhaps a back up server and have it host offline message for the website your hosting. And plan everything out before hand as to minimize down time.

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  • Technochic
    Please tell us the OS version on the server and the IIS version. Also tell us what sort of maintenance you plan on doing. The more details you provide the better we can assist you. Thanks!
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  • Subhendu Sen
    If you have admin access to the server, you could use ISAPI_Rewrite. This is an ISAPI filter that you setup in the IIS configuration. There is a paid and free version. It helps to maintain and performance of IIS....
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  • carlosdl
    I don't see how ISAPI_Rewrite has anything to do with taking an IIS site down for maintanance (if it has, it would be good to know). This is the product description: "ISAPI_Rewrite is a powerful URL manipulation engine based on regular expressions. It acts mostly like Apache's mod_Rewrite, but is designed specifically for Microsoft's Internet Information Server (IIS). ISAPI_Rewrite is an ISAPI filter written in pure C/C++ so it is extremely fast. ISAPI_Rewrite gives you the freedom to go beyond the standard URL schemes and develop your own scheme". ------- If it is an ASP.NET site, you could take advantage of the app_offline.htm file. Take a look at this tip: Taking an ASP.NET Site Offline with a Message
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  • FrankTheTank
    Yeah that doesn't make sense for the rewrite. But giving a little more information will help us give a more precise answer and help not confuse others.
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