On a production machine that I manage, the app pools periodically die. After they die, it seems impossible to stop or reset them without issuing an iisreset. In this case, I use the word "die" to mean that the sites hosted by the app pool no longer respond to requests.
There are 7 app pools; 4 never die, and the other 3 die irregularly. In the past, a pool has gone down just an hour after an iisreset. I am nearly certain that the problem in each pool is being caused by some app in the pool. Eventually I'll track down that problem.
Here's why I need your help. Once a pool dies, I can't seem to stop or recycle it. In the IIS Manager, trying to recycle a dead pool freezes the manager and I am forced to force kill it. Trying to stop a dead pool causes a hang which eventually ends with an error message that the pool did not respond to the stop or control request. The only way I have been able to bring the app pool(s) back up has been to do an iisreset.
After a pool dies, it does not appear in the iisapp.vbs output.
There are no signs of trouble in the Application Event Log.
The system is Windows Server 2003 R2 SP 2. The app pools which are having problems are populated by ASP.NET web applications.
What's going on here? Is there some command line way to cause an app pool to (re)start? Is there something wrong with my configuration that is keeping me from recycling one of these dead app pools?