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ASPNET Account Unable To Access Virtual Directories

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For some unexplained reason, I am suddenly unable to browse to a virtual
directory on my laptop. I have a number of sample websites to which I could
happliy browse up until last week. As of Monday, if I browse to any of the
sites, I get an HttpException saying "The directory does not exist or is not
accessible because of security settings." I honestly have not changed
anything at all.

I have checked and re-checked that ASPNET indeed has the three required
permissions on the virtual directories (ie. Read, Read & Execute, and List
Folder Contents). As a workaround, the only way that I am able to currently
browse to the sample websites is I 'upgrade' the access level privilege in
the machine.config as follows:

Go to folder C:\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322\CONFIG, and edit the
machine.config file. Find <processModel enable="true" timeout="Infinite"....
and change the username attribute from 'machine' to 'system'. Save the file,
and restart IIS.

I have trawled the internet in the last couple of days, and have discovered
many others have experienced the same problem. For most, it was a matter of
applying the ASPNET account permissions to the virtual folder, but there are
still a number of other people (like myself) for whom this problem persists.
I have even ran aspnet_regiis.exe, but still no joy.

My system specification is as follows:

Windows XP Professional SP1.
Internet Explorer 6.0.2800 SP2.
..NET Framework v1.1
Visual Studio .NET 2003

Below is the exception:

Server Error in '/EC315CH02' Application
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Server cannot access application directory 'E:\Documents and
Settings\...<SubFolders>...\'. The directory does not exist or is not
accessible because of security settings.
Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the
current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about
the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Web.HttpException: Server cannot access
application directory 'E:\Documents and Settings\...<SubFolders>...\'. The
directory does not exist or is not accessible because of security settings.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web
request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can
be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:
[HttpException (0x80004005): Server cannot access application directory
'E:\Documents and Settings\...<SubFolders>...\'. The directory does not exist
or is not accessible because of security settings.]
System.Web.HttpRuntime.EnsureAccessToApplicationDi rectory() +72
System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContex t context) +264

[HttpException (0x80004005): ASP.NET Initialization Error]
System.Web.HttpRuntime.FirstRequestInit(HttpContex t context) +990
System.Web.HttpRuntime.ProcessRequestInternal(Http WorkerRequest wr) +128

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Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET
Version:1.1.4322.2032

Does anyone know what could be the problem???

Can anyone provide any assistance to resolve it???

--
....Yogesh
"If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled???"
Nov 19 '05 #1
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