Start or Stop a Web Site (IIS 7)

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

You might stop a Web site for health or performance reasons, or to add or delete content. If a Web site is stopped, you can restart it.


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 Sites Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to feature requirements

  • None

To start or stop a Web site

You can perform this procedure by using the user interface (UI), by running Appcmd.exe commands in a command-line window, 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, in the Actions pane, use one of the following procedures:

    • Under Manage Web Site, click Start to start the Web site.

    • Under Manage Web Site, click Stop to stop the Web site.

Command Line

To start or stop a Web site, use the following syntax:

appcmd start | **stop site /**string

The variable string is the name of the Web site that you want to start or stop.

For example, to stop a Web site named contoso, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

appcmd stop site /

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


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration elements:


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


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

  • Site.Start method

  • Site.Stop method

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 Sites in IIS 7