Never Stop Windows SharePoint Services Web Application

If you stop the “Windows SharePoint Services Web Application” it will remove all SharePoint websites along with your customizations from IIS!!!

So, Until you are very sure what you are doing, Never stop the Windows SharePoint Services Web Application. In case, it happened already then you have to apply ALL your IIS manual customizations (including Web.config changes, Certificates, IIS Manual changes, etc). This is why Microsoft says “Don’t touch IIS”.

If you Must restart it, then Take the Backup of IIS Metabase and do it.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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