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Changing IIS to Not Stop Worker Process in IIS 7.0+

In IIS version 7.0 and above, the worker process terminates after a period of inactivity by default. Because of this, if Secret Server is in its own application pool, the application pool will stop after a period of no requests.

To change IIS to not stop the worker process, follow these steps:

  1. Open IIS (Start > inetmgr).
  2. Select Application Pools from the left-hand navigation pane
  3. Locate the application pool Secret Server is running as. (To determine this, expand Sites at the left, then find the website Secret Server is running on. Click on the Secret Server website or virtual directory (if it is running on one) and click Basic Settings on the right panel. This will indicate Secret Server’s application pool).
  4. Right-click the application pool, and then click Advanced Settings.
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  5. Under the Process Model section, set the Idle Time-out (minutes) option to 0
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  6. Under the Recycling section, set the Regular Time Interval (minutes) option to 0
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  7. Check the Specific Times setting by selecting it and either (1) clicking the arrow to see if there is time specified there or (2) clicking the  button to make sure there are no values there. Click OK.
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  8. Click OK to apply updated settings.

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