My guess is that the file applicationHost.config is corrupted, therefore the list of sites or application or not visible under the main IIS node.

Is there a way to find the original applicationHost.config that is used in 8.1?
Uninstalling and re-installing IIS did not solve the problem.

  • Are you adding a new node to a web farm? – Jason Aller Mar 19 '14 at 17:11

You can use the AppCmd.exe. It is located in C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv.

First, you use appcmd list backup to display all the available backups. Then you pick out a proper backup and use appcmd restore backup <backup name> to recover IIS.

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  • I have no backups, this computer is freshly installed. – Alan Feb 18 '14 at 9:28

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