Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have two Windows 2003 x64 R2 IIS boxes that are ostensibly setup the same way.

But for whatever reason, one of them has a W3WP.exe process for each application pool and the other one does not.

What could be the reason?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Can you verify if all the applications/Web Sites on the other server is accessed as well. w3wp.exe process won't be created unless the application is accessed. Probably the first server is taking all the requests and no requests are handled by the other server.

Try browsing iisstart.htm page which is there in Default Web Site and you should see a w3wp.exe process created.

share|improve this answer
Ahh, you are right. It simply went to sleep. – AngryHacker Jun 3 '10 at 16:26

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.