Friday, April 22, 2011

Error while installing IIS. Prompts for iisback.vbs or asks for Windows Server CD

Internet Information Services (IIS) is a web server application and set of feature extension modules created by Microsoft for use with Microsoft Windows. It is an an essential component for hosting any ASP.Net project on Windows platformWhile installing or configuring IIS, if the system prompts for iisback.vbs or asks for the Windows Server CD, here is how we can solve it.

iisback.vbs is a very important file in terms of backing up IIS config. This file comes along with the Windows Server installation cd and will be available in the I386 folder in the file system after the Windows Server is installed completely. To overcome this error, follow the below steps

Step – 1: Open the explorer and navigate to the Windows Installation folder in C drive

Step – 2: In the I386 folder, look for the file named IISBACK.VBS or IISBACK.VB_

If you can find this file, click “Browse” on the error prompt and give the full path to I386 folder in the text box. In this example it is “C:\Windows Installation Files\I386” and click Ok

Step – 3: If this works, very well.. Otherwise, we need to find any other directories that might have this file. So select “C:” and click on search and search for filename “IISBACK”. Do not give the extension.

Click Search. Wait for few minutes till the search is complete. Try pointing to each folder displayed in search results, one after another till it works. 

If you have any other solutions please share with us.

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