Tech Tip: Set network connection priority/Back up IIS metabase in Win2K

Learn how to configure network connection priority and back up the IIS metabase.

Windows 2000 Professional: Configure network connection priority

Like other Windows operating systems, Windows 2000 can use more than one network at a time. For example, you might have a wired network connection, a wireless connection, and a dial-up connection.

If you don't use more than one connection at a time, it doesn't matter what priority Windows assigns these connections. But in some situations, priority can make a difference, causing connections to become sluggish or time out.

You can configure the network connection priority to determine the order in which Windows accesses them for common services such as DNS. Moving a connection to a higher priority means that Windows will attempt to use it before others for those services.

To configure network connection priority, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click Network Neighborhood, and select Properties to open the Network Connections folder.
  2. Go to Advanced | Advanced Settings to open the Advanced Settings dialog box.
  3. On the Adapters And Bindings tab, select a network connection in the Connections list, and click the up or down arrow buttons beside the list to change the priority. The item at the top of the list has the highest priority; the item at the bottom has the lowest priority.

While you have the Adapters And Bindings tab open, review the bindings for each connection. Select a connection, and view the bindings in the Bindings list. You can unbind a service or protocol from a connection by deselecting the check box next to the item.

Windows 2000 Server: Back up the IIS metabase

If you host services such as Web sites with Internet Information Services (IIS) in Windows 2000, it's a good bet that you've implemented a process to back up the server and its content. If you're not already doing so, you should also take steps to back up the IIS metabase, which holds configuration data for IIS.

A metabase backup not only helps you restore the server's IIS configuration more easily, but it also helps simplify moving IIS services between servers if necessary.

To back up the IIS metabase in Windows 2000 Server, follow these steps:

  1. Open the IIS console, and expand the server tree in the left pane.
  2. Right-click the server you want to back up, and choose Backup/Restore Configuration.
  3. In the Configuration Backup/Restore dialog box, select Create Backup, type a descriptive name for the backup, and click OK.
  4. Click Close.

Each time you create a backup using this method, IIS creates two files in the %windir%\System32\inetsrv\MetaBack folder, one with an .mdx extension and one with a .scx extension. The .mdx file is the metabase data, and the .scx file is the schema. In both cases, x is a placeholder for a number that indicates the backup version.

In addition to creating the metabase backups, make sure to include the MetaBack folder in your regular backup scheme.

If you need to restore a server, you can restore the files and then use the Configuration Backup/Restore dialog box to restore the configuration. Or you can copy the backup files to the %windir%\System32\inetsrv\MetaBack folder of a new server and restore the configuration to clone the IIS configuration on the new server.