Rename a Provider (IIS 7)

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

Rename a provider when you want to better associate it with the data being stored. For example, if you have a provider called XMLSiteMapProvider and you want to better associate it with the site that the site map belongs to, you could rename it to ContosoXMLSiteMapProvider.


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 Providers Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to feature requirements

  • None

To rename a provider

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 and navigate to the level you want to manage. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7). For information about navigating to locations in the UI, see Navigation in IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In Features View, double-click Providers.

  3. On the Providers page, select the provider type from the Feature drop-down list.

  4. On the Providers page, select the provider you want to rename, and then click Rename in the Actions pane.

  5. In Features View, in the Name column, type the new name of the provider, and then click outside the name box.

Command line

To rename a provider, use the following syntax:

**appcmd set config /commit:MACHINE /section:**provider /provider. [name='string'].name: string

The variable provider is the provider feature, for example, membership for .NET User providers, roleManager for .NET Role providers, or profile for .NET Profile providers. The variable name string is the name of the provider that you want to change. The variable **name:**string is the new name for the provider that you want to change.

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


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration element:

  • <providers>

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:

  • None

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


Configuring Providers in IIS 7