Removing phantom application folders from website configuration in IIS

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Written By Jan Reilink

Windows Server system administrator & enthusiast.

Thank you Ronald as I needed exactly this today. Here is how to remove phantom application folders from websites in IIS using PowerShell.

Today I wanted to remove application folders from the website configuration in IIS whose physical path on the filesystem was removed. E.g when the application folder “/test1” in the website should point to z:\sites\\www\test1 but was removed.

foreach( $server in (Get-ADComputer -Filter {(enabled -eq $True)} -SearchBase "OU=Webservers,$((Get-ADDomain).ComputersContainer)").DNSHostname) { Invoke-Command -ComputerName $server -ScriptBlock { Import-Module WebAdministration Write-Host $Using:server; Get-ChildItem IIS:\Sites | foreach { $site = $_; # Get all applications without existing physical path $applications = Get-ChildItem $site.PsPath | Where-Object { $_.NodeType -eq "application" -and (Test-Path $_.PhysicalPath) -eq $False }; # List all phantom applications $applications | FT # Remove applications $applications | Remove-WebApplication -Site $site.Name } } }
Code language: PowerShell (powershell)


Remember to Import-Module WebAdministration on Windows Server 2012 R2 and up instead of Add-PSSnapin WebAdministration. Get more Get-ADComputer examples from here.

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