Event ID 2204 — IIS W3SVC Activity

Event ID 2204 — IIS W3SVC Activity

Updated: January 20, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

In order to perform its activities successfully, the Internet Information Services (IIS) World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC) must be free of any I/O errors involving file access, memory availability, and network connections. In addition, any scripts that are used must be accessible and runnning, and any include files must be configured correctly.

Event Details

Product: Internet Information Services
ID: 2204
Source: Microsoft-Windows-IIS-WMSVC
Version: 7.0
Message: HTTP Server was unable to initialize due to a shortage of available memory. The data is the error.

Check available memory

For more information about low memory issues in IIS, see the article How to use the IIS Debug Diagnostics tool to troubleshoot a memory leak in an IIS process.


To perform this procedure, you must have membership in Administrators, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority.

To verify that the World Wide Web Publishing service is running:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
  2. Type sc query w3svc, and press ENTER. The World Wide Web Publishing service is running if the state reported for the service is 4 RUNNING.

Related Management Information

IIS W3SVC Activity

Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0


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