Just recently I came across an issue where a customer wanted to migrate websites from IIS 5 to IIS 6. The best and recommended option is to use “Internet Information Services 6.0 Migration Tool”. But there are a few limitations in using the Migration Tool they are listed in “Before You Begin” in the IIS6MigrationToolUserGuide.doc.
Here in our case we did not had network connectivity between the IIS 5 and IIS 6 servers. So, we decided to manually migrate the websites from IIS 5 to IIS 6.
Steps we follow:
Incase if you are planning to restore old IIS 5.0 metabase on a newly installed Windows Server 2000 IIS 5.0 server. The steps above can help you move the websites from old metabase to the new IIS 5 server. You can either install IIS 6 Resource Kit or just copy the Metabase Explorer folder i.e. C:\Program Files\IIS Resources\Metabase Explorer to the IIS 5 server.
NOTE: Please play around with this in your test environment before you use it on your production servers. Leverage Microsoft PSS if you have complexities in your existing websites which you need to migrate.
Thanks so much for the info re: metabase explorer- you've spared many innocent lives this day