In my search for a program to stop and start Web sites programmatically, I saw examples of handling IIS in VB Script, but not in .NET. I also found examples of WMI in C# and VB.NET, but not for working with IIS. I decided to put the two ideas together and came up with this example. I did borrow the WMI ideas in this code from another article I read. I wish I could remember which one, so I could reference it.
This is the second incarnation of this article. Since the first, I have cleaned up the code and added some comments. I have also enhanced the code to support monitoring and controlling remote systems (depending on access rights).
Using the Code
I will elaborate on two sections of the code. For complete details, please refer to the source code provided.
Below is an excerpt from the method which returns a list of the Web sites which exist on the selected server. The
getDirectoryEntry method uses an alternate user id and password if provided. Using ActiveDirectory, we enumerate the children of IIS, collecting the Web site names (assumed to be stored in the "
ServerComment" property) for display in the Web sites combo box.
List<string> siteNames = new List<string>();
DirectoryEntry root = getDirectoryEntry("IIS://" + txtServer.Text + "/W3SVC");
foreach (DirectoryEntry e in root.Children)
if (e.SchemaClassName == "IIsWebServer")
This next section is the part I have, till now, been unable to find in code for .NET. First, the
ConnectionOptions object is created and set up with the optional user id and password if provided.
ConnectionOptions connectionOptions = new ConnectionOptions();
if (txtUserID.Text.Length > 0)
connectionOptions.Username = txtUserID.Text;
connectionOptions.Password = txtPassword.Text;
connectionOptions.Impersonation = ImpersonationLevel.Impersonate;
Next, we need a
ManagementScope object which is used to work with the local or remote server's IIS objects. Note use of
microsoftiisv2 below. The
ConnectionObject is used here as well to provide authentication.
ManagementScope managementScope =
new ManagementScope(@"\\" + txtServer.Text + @"\root\microsoftiisv2",
SelectQuery returns a collection of Web sites, but in this case just one, since it's by Site ID. It is not included in this example, but in the source code you will see that we find the Site ID for the currently selected Web site before calling this method. Using the
ManagementObject returned from the
ManagementObjectSearcher, we invoke the appropriate method (
InvokeMethod method also requires an object array of parameters.
Start do not require any parameters, so we pass an empty object array.
SelectQuery selectQuery =
new SelectQuery("Select * From IIsWebServer Where Name = 'W3SVC/" + site + "'");
using (ManagementObjectSearcher managementObjectSearcher =
new ManagementObjectSearcher(managementScope, selectQuery))
foreach (ManagementObject objMgmt in managementObjectSearcher.Get())
objMgmt.InvokeMethod(state.ToString(), new object);
In my use of this program, it works fine where I use Windows Authentication. If I enter a valid user ID and password, it also works. I don't have an environment where Windows Authentication is not enabled, so your use of the user ID and password may vary. If there is a problem with that part of this code and someone out there knows how to fix it, I'd love to hear about it so I can revise this article to reflect that.
- Second version: 11/4/2007
The second edition is more complete and hopefully easier to understand.
- First version: 10/31/2007
This is my first article and I didn't have much time to spend writing it. Hopefully future articles will be more complete.