Rename an Application Pool (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

You might decide to rename an application pool to better associate it with the applications it contains.


For information about the levels at which you can perform this procedure, and the modules, handlers, and permissions that are required to perform this procedure, see Application Pools Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to Feature Requirements

  • None

To rename an application pool

You can perform this procedure by using the user interface (UI), by running Appcmd.exe commands in a command-line window, by editing configuration files directly, or by writing WMI scripts.

User Interface

To use the UI

  1. Open IIS Manager. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In the Connections pane, expand the server node and click Application Pools.

  3. On the Application Pools page, select the application pool you want to rename.

  4. In the Actions pane, under Edit Application Pool, click Rename. Type the new name, and then click outside the box.

Command Line

To rename an application pool, use the following syntax:

**appcmd set config /section:applicationPools /[name='string'].name:**string

The first instance of the variable string is the name of the application pool that you want to change, and the second instance of string is the name that you want the application pool to have. For example, to change the name of an application pool from Advertising to Marketing, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

appcmd set config /section:applicationPools /[name='Advertising'].name:Marketing

For more information about Appcmd.exe, see Appcmd.exe (IIS 7).


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration elements:

name attribute of the <add> element under <applicationPools>

For more information about IIS 7 configuration, see IIS 7.0: IIS Settings Schema on MSDN.


Use the following WMI classes, methods, or properties to perform this procedure:

  • ApplicationPool.Create method

  • ApplicationPool.Delete_ method


To delete an instance of this object, use the object’s Delete_ system method that it inherits from WMI. For more information about Delete_, see SWbemObject.Delete_ on the MSDN site.

To perform this procedure by using WMI, you must first delete the application pool and then create a new application pool, because the ApplicationPool.Name property is a read-only property.

For more information about WMI and IIS, see Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) in IIS 7. For more information about the classes, methods, or properties associated with this procedure, see the IIS WMI Provider Reference on the MSDN site.

See Also


Managing Application Pools in IIS 7