That icky IISReset

Posted on 9/15/2008 @ 10:53 PM in #SharePoint by | Feedback | 4788 views

Yeah yeah, we've heard that criticism a lot. Why is it that SharePoint likes IISReset so much?

Well, I think a lot of the flak is to some extent undeserved. I guess some of this comes from "Umm it ain't workin' lets try IISReset".

Well, here is a list of things that requires definitvely requires IISReset:

  • Anything you deploy to the GAC, because IIS likes to cache GAC assemblies. If you simply deployed to bin, a lot of IISResets will go away.
  • Anything that changes any of the config files
    • Changing the web.config will recompile the web app anyway, so it feels like an IISReset - you can get around this by creating a seperate config entry, or when deploying WCF endpoints, creating a seperate config file as I demonstrated earlier.
    • Any of the XML files that make up SharePoint, this means adding a new custom field type, or new site definition etc.

Thats about it :-)

See, it's not so bad, now is it? Also, in Windows 2008, you have a new command to manage IIS, and one of the things it lets you do .. is to recycle a particular application pool, so it's a whole lot quicker.

You simply use this command -

%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd recycle AppPool <AppPoolName>

In Win2k3, you can achieve the same by using this command -

C:\WINDOWS\system32\cscript.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\iisapp.vbs /a MSSharePointPortalAppPool /r

See, it's not so bad now .. is it?

Sound off but keep it civil:

Older comments..

On 9/20/2008 5:24:10 PM Keith Dahlby said ..
See also:

Tray utility by Spence Harbar:

STSADM extensions by Scot Hillier: enumpools and recyclepool