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IIS Admin service terminates with 0x8021080A

Posted in IIS, TechSupport, Windows by rip747 on August 6, 2008

After having some disk problems, I tried to start my development service and low and behold the World Wide Web publishing service wouldn’t start. Seems that the IIS Admin service (which the WWW service depends on) was terminating with an error code of 0x8021080A. Seems that during the chkdsk something was overwritten or corrupted.

Investigating I came to find that MetaBase.xml file that the IIS Admin service uses was a 0KB size. Which means basically that it lost all the configuration that IIS had. For those that don’t know, IIS has two XML files (MBSchema.xml and MetaBase.xml) that it uses to store all the configuration for your websites and IIS which are located in c:\windows\system32\inetsrv.

Even though this basically sucked, it was very easy to fix:

1) in windows explorer, browse to c:\windows\system32\inetsrv

2) rename the two XML files that IIS uses for configure.

3) goto the history folder (c:\windows\system32\inetsrv\history) and find the most recent backups of the two files.

4) copy the backups to the c:\windows\system32\inetsrv and rename them.

5) start the IIS Admin service.

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  1. Adam said, on June 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Perfect, resolved my issue with an SBS2003 server.

    The IIS Admin Service wouldn’t start, due to the SMTP wouldn’t start. I Replaced MetaBase.xml with a previous version as you instructed. The IIS Admin Service then started normally

  2. Jhoal said, on July 10, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you. worked like charm

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