Creating a Web Site from a Template (IIS 6.0)
If you have a standard Web site configuration that you use or plan to use frequently, you can use IIS Manager to create a Web site template. To do this, export the configuration of the site to a file, and then use that file to create new sites. The exported configuration is stored as a metabase XML configuration file; it does not contain content. After you export the configuration file, you can import that file into a different directory on the same Web server or to a different Web server.
You can also export and import sites and application pools as configuration files to quickly migrate sites and application pools between servers. This feature allows you to import Web applications if the developer stored the application in a configuration file.
You must be a member of the Administrators group on the local computer to perform the following procedure or procedures. As a security best practice, log on to your computer by using an account that is not in the Administrators group, and then use the runas command to run IIS Manager as an administrator. At a command prompt, type runas /user:Administrative_AccountName "mmc %systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\iis.msc".
To create a Web site template file
To create a new site from a template file