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IIS Is Alive Again!

Craig Boyd Rocks! Ok, I know, I am the master of the obvious. {g}

My last post about IIS Dead in the Water proves two things.

  1. Blogs are simply powerful and an easy way to solve problems.
  2. People in the Fox Community are the smartest and most generous around

Craig pointed me to a post on Experts Exchange. So I ponied up $10 for a one month subscription and hit the “View Solution” button. The first solution was to reinstall IIS so I was a little nervous. The second solution pointed me to a Microsoft KnowledgeBase article (811259 – How to determine and recover from Winsock2 corruption). In this article is a command to reset the Winsock. So in the Windows command window:

netsh winsock reset

Reboot the computer, and whammo, bingo, magic, IIS is running properly and my OpenWiki and FogBugz is running.


I must admit, I was a little nervous resetting something important like a Winsock, but I appeared to be hosed anyway. There is a warning for me to watch:

Warning Programs that access or monitor the Internet such as antivirus, firewall. or proxy clients may be negatively affected when you run the netsh winsock reset command. If you have a program that no longer functions correctly after you use this resolution, reinstall the program to restore functionality.

Small price to pay if it materializes, but so far everything seems to be functioning so far.

So I called Craig and thanked him for his pointer and ultimately solving my problem. I interrupted him during a recording of his latest Learning Visual FoxPro screencasts, but he took time out of his evening to chat about the solution I implemented, VFP, and things going on in our community. It is great having friends who are so darn smart and more important willing to share. Thanks again Craig.

I also emailed the very helpful Technical Support people at Fog Creek so they have one more solution to offer their other customers if this happens to them.

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