Install website in IIS using vbscript


In vbscript regular expression, you can use “SubMatches” collection to get the string you want to use. Before I found this, I had to get “Matches(0).Value” and replace unnecessary strings to empty string.

WScript.Echo FSO.FolderExists(“C:\temp\”)
Set Matches = regex.Execute(configLine)
WScript.Echo Matches(0).SubMatches(1)

The script parses website xml and does necessary actions. So, it uses regular expression heavily to parse the xml and get the right information. It has the following 5 operations

  • Get Site identifier from metabase xml file
  • Delete the site using identifier
  • Create all virtual directories if not exist
  • Install application pools and web site. This imports the xml.
  • Install SSL Certificate

This is the code

Dim fso, iisSiteId, webConfigPath
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
webConfigPath = "..\IISSettings\Website.config"

iisSiteId = GetIisSiteIdentifier()      ' Read site identifier from xml file
If iisSiteId > 0 Then
    DeleteWebsite iisSiteId             ' Delete the existing web site
End If

CreateVirtualDirectories(webConfigPath) ' Create virtual directories

Call InstallAppPoolsWebSite             ' Install application pools and web site
InstallSSLCertificate iisSiteId         ' Install certificate    

Sub CreateVirtualDirectories(path)
    'On Error Resume Next

    Dim fl, strm, strLine, regex, Matches, fldPath
    Set fl = FSO.GetFile(path)
    Set strm = fl.OpenAsTextStream(1, -2)
    Set regex = New RegExp
    regex.Pattern = "(^\s*Path="")(.+)(""\s*$)"

    WScript.Echo "Creating virtual directories ..."
    Do Until strm.AtEndOfStream
        strLine = strm.ReadLine
        If regex.Test(strLine) = True Then
            Set Matches = regex.Execute(strLine)
            fldPath = Matches(0).SubMatches(1)
            If fso.FolderExists(fldPath) = False Then
                WScript.Echo fldPath
            End If
        End If
End Sub

Function CreateFolderRecursive(path)
    CreateFolderRecursive = False
    If Not fso.FolderExists(path) Then
        If CreateFolderRecursive(fso.GetParentFolderName(path)) Then
            CreateFolderRecursive = True
            Call fso.CreateFolder(path)
        End If
        CreateFolderRecursive = True
    End If
End Function

Sub InstallAppPoolsWebSite()
    'If DefaultAppPoolPresent = False Then
    'If DefaultAppPoolPresent("DefaultAppPool") = False Then
    '    Import fso.GetFile("..\IISSettings\DefaultAppPool.config")
    'End If
    WScript.Echo "Installing Application Pools and Website"

    Dim flder, fls, fl
    Set flder = fso.GetFolder("..\IISSettings\")
    Set fls = flder.Files
    For Each fl in fls
        If InStr(, ".config") > 0 Then
            Import fso.GetFile(fl.Path)
        End If
End Sub

Sub InstallSSLCertificate (siteIdentifier)
    WScript.Echo "Installing SSL Certificate... to W3SVC/" & iisSiteId

    Dim iisCertObj
    Set iisCertObj = CreateObject("IIS.CertObj")
    iisCertObj.InstanceName = "W3SVC/" & siteIdentifier
    iisCertObj.Import "..\IISSettings\site_cert.pfx", "1234567", true, true
End Sub

' Find site identifier from settings xml '
Function GetIisSiteIdentifier()
    Dim SiteIdRegex, Matches
    Set SiteIdRegex = New RegExp
    SiteIdRegex.Pattern = "(""\/LM\/W3SVC\/)([0-9]+)("")"

    Dim fl, strm, strXml
    Set fl = fso.GetFile("..\IISSettings\Website.config")
    Set strm = fl.OpenAsTextStream(1, -2)
        strXml = strm.ReadLine
    Loop Until SiteIdRegex.Test(strXml) = True

    Set Matches = SiteIdRegex.Execute(strXml)
    GetIisSiteIdentifier = Matches(0).SubMatches(1)
End Function

' Impoart App pool and website '
Sub Import(objFile)
    Const IMPORT_EXPORT_MERGE     = 4
    Dim strPassword, IIsComputer, filePath, strXML
    Set IIsComputer = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate,authenticationLevel=pktPrivacy}!//localhost/root/MicrosoftIISv2:IIsComputer='LM'")
    strPassword = ""
    filePath = objFile.Path

    Set stream = objFile.OpenAsTextStream(1, -2)

       strXML = stream.ReadLine
    Loop Until InStr(strXML, "<> 0 Or InStr(strXML, "<> 0

    intFirst = InStr(1, strXML, """")
    strSourceMetabasePath = Mid(strXML, intFirst + 1, InStr(intFirst + 1, strXML, """") - intFirst - 1)
    strDestinationMetabasePath = strSourceMetabasePath
    WScript.Echo "Meta: " & strSourceMetabasePath
    WScript.Echo "Importing: " & filePath & " " & strSourceMetabasePath
    IIsComputer.Import strPassword, filePath, strSourceMetabasePath, strDestinationMetabasePath, intFlags

    Start strSourceMetabasePath
End Sub

Sub Start(strWebServer)
   On Error Resume Next
   Set IIsWebServer = GetObject("winmgmts:{impersonationLevel=impersonate,authenticationLevel=pktPrivacy}!//localhost/root/MicrosoftIISv2:IIsWebServer='" & Mid(strWebServer, 5) & "'")
End Sub

' Check if DefaultApplicationPool is present '
'Function DefaultAppPoolPresent
Function DefaultAppPoolPresent(poolName)
    Dim appPools, appPool
    Set appPools = GetObject("IIS://localhost/W3SVC/AppPools")

    DefaultAppPoolPresent = False
    for each appPool in appPools
        if (appPool.Name = poolName) Then
            DefaultAppPoolPresent = True
        End If
End Function

' Delete the existing website  '
Sub DeleteWebsite(identifier)
    On Error Resume Next
    Dim website
    Set website = Nothing
    Set website = GetObject("IIS://LocalHost/W3SVC/" & identifier) 

    If website Is Nothing Then
        WScript.Echo "Cannot find the existing website: " & identifier
        Set websiteParent = GetObject(website.Parent)
        WScript.Echo "Deleting: " & website.Class & " " & website.Name
        websiteParent.Delete website.Class, website.Name
    End If
End Sub

9 thoughts on “Install website in IIS using vbscript

  1. Could you post an example for how the XML File must be written in order to setup an IIS WebPage?

    For me it seems to be a custom XML Format, or am I wrong?

    Thanks for your help
    – Gerhard

  2. Hi, Gerhard.
    It is the xml file you can get when you select a website on IIS, right click, and select “All tasks > Save configuration to a file” The format looks like

    Visual Studio 2003 calles the script on PreBuild event.

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