Event ID 3206 — IIS Reset Activity

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

IISReset.exe is a command-line utility that was introduced in IIS 5.0 that could be used to stop, start, and restart IIS Internet services. Its use is not recommended for IIS 6.0 and is not supported in IIS 7.0 or IIS 7.5.

Note:  Restarting or stopping IIS, or rebooting your Web server, is a severe action. When you restart the Internet service, changes to the metabase can be lost. All sessions connected to your Web server are dropped, and any data held in Web applications is lost. All Internet sites are unavailable until Internet services are restarted. For these reasons, the use of IISReset is not recommended.

For more information about IISReset, see the article "Restarting IIS (IIS 6.0)" at (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=103388).

Event Details

Product: Internet Information Services
ID: 3206
Source: Microsoft-Windows-IIS-IISReset
Version: 7.5
Message: IIS Reset encountered an error while stopping services, which was requested by %1. The logged data is the status code. Since the force option is on, IIS Reset will now terminate the services' processes. This may cause SCM to report errors about the services exiting.


When IISReset encounters an error stopping services, another event or events are likely to be logged that can provide more information about what occurred.

To check the system event logs for more information:

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Administrative Tools.
  2. Right-click Event Viewer and select Run as administrator.
  3. Open the System log.
  4. Look for other IIS events related to the stoppage of services.


The use of IISReset is not recommended on IIS 6.0 and is not supported on IIS 7.0 or IIS 7.5. For more information, see the article Restarting IIS (IIS 6.0).

IIS Reset Activity

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5