how to restart iis on windows server

Restarting IIS on Windows Server: A Step-by-Step Guide #

Step 1: Open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager #

To restart IIS on a Windows Server, you first need to open the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager. This management console allows you to control and configure IIS on your server. To open the IIS Manager, simply click on the Start button, then search for "Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager" and click on the corresponding result.

Step 2: Stop the IIS Service #

Once the IIS Manager is open, you will see a list of your server’s websites and application pools. To restart IIS, you need to stop the IIS service. To do this, simply right-click on your server’s name in the Connections pane and select "Stop" from the context menu. This will stop all IIS services running on your server, including any websites or applications.

Step 3: Start the IIS Service #

After stopping the IIS service, you can now restart it. To start the IIS service, right-click on your server’s name in the Connections pane again and select "Start" from the context menu. This will restart all IIS services on your server, allowing your websites and applications to run again. You can also use the "Restart" option instead of "Stop" and "Start" to achieve the same result in just one step.

Quick and Easy Method to Restart IIS on Windows Server #

If you prefer a quicker and easier method to restart IIS on your Windows Server, you can use the command prompt or PowerShell. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard to open the Power User Menu.
  2. From the menu, select "Command Prompt (Admin)" or "Windows PowerShell (Admin)" to open an elevated command prompt or PowerShell session.
  3. In the command prompt or PowerShell window, type the following command and press Enter: iisreset /restart
  4. This command will stop and then start the IIS service on your server, effectively restarting IIS. You will see a message in the command prompt or PowerShell window indicating the restart process.

Using the command prompt or PowerShell to restart IIS can be a more efficient method, especially if you are comfortable with using these tools. However, it’s important to note that you need administrative privileges to execute these commands, so make sure you are logged in as an administrator or have the necessary permissions to restart IIS.