Just a reference for the WAS commands from the command line.
net stop was /y # stop was and w3svc/iis
net start was # start was
net start w3svc # start w3svc/iis
So, I found this tracking down an issue with using a shared config in a web farm. (Which is not the right way to configure a web farm.) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc735179(v=ws.10).aspx