I am working with IIS Manager 8.5 on Windows 8.1 x64. I have been using this installation for more than half a year for developing a large web-app. Everything was configured based upon an internal step-by-step guide on how to set up development machines.
- Clicking on the Application Pools node in the Connections tab gives me an empty list. I am pretty sure there was at least one item in there before.
- When trying to re-add an application pool according to the aforementioned step-by-step guide, IIS Manager refuses to do so and says an application pool of that name is already existing.
- When adding an application pool with a different name (say, pool_A), the OK button in the Add application pool dialog box gets greyed out upon clicking it, but the dialog box never disappears.
- Clicking on the Sites node in the Connections tab gives me an empty list. Trying to expand the Sites node in the Connections tab will make IIS Manager freeze (i.e. busy cursor and no response).
I could find an
applicationHost.config file that appears to contain the server configuration. It was last changed today, and it did contain pool_A. It is a well-formed XML file.
Rebooting the machine doesn't help. Rebooting the server causes endless wandering of the green status indicator, until finally, an error message is displayed, saying that the service W3SVC cannot be launched.
How can I proceed to debug this problem and find out what exactly is wrong?