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IIS recycles an Application Pool automatically whenever either the /bin folder or the web.config file changes.

Is there a way to disable that feature? This is IIS 7.5 running in Integrated mode, and the underlying intention is to allow applications (with Full Trust) to update and restart themselves.

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Yes you can.

In the Application Pool > Advanced Settings > Recycling section, set the Disable Recyling for Configuation Changes to True.

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