How to Start/Stop/RESET IIS in Windows

 To start, stop, or reset IIS (Internet Information Services) in Windows, you can use the command-line tool called "iisreset." Here are the basic commands:

Steps to Run IISReset Commands:

  1. Open Command Prompt:

    • Press Win + R to open the Run dialog.
    • Type cmd and press Enter.
  2. Run IISReset Commands:

    • In the Command Prompt, run the desired iisreset command based on your requirement.

Using iisreset is a quick way to apply changes to IIS configurations, restart applications, or troubleshoot issues. Keep in mind that stopping and starting IIS services will briefly interrupt web service, so use it judiciously, especially in a production environment.

What is the difference between IISRESET & App Pool recycle

`IISRESET` and application pool recycling are both mechanisms in IIS (Internet Information Services) for managing application lifecycle, but they differ significantly in scope and impact. `IISRESET` is a broader tool that stops and restarts all IIS services on the server, affecting every hosted website and application. It is a more aggressive action, resulting in a brief interruption of all web services, making it suitable for scenarios where a clean slate for the entire server is needed.

On the other hand, application pool recycling is a more targeted approach. It allows for the termination and restart of individual application pools, affecting only the applications within those pools. This granularity enables more controlled management of resources and limits the impact on other hosted applications. Application pool recycling is often preferred in production environments where minimizing downtime and resource disruption is crucial, as opposed to the server-wide impact of `IISRESET`. The choice between the two depends on the specific requirements of the system and the level of control needed over application restarts.

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