"An error occurred accessing the website application data folder" in Virtual Server 2005 R2

I had a pretty grueling duel with a fresh installation of Virtual Server 2005 R2. The error message mentioned above popped up on the administration web site even though the installation was completed flawlessly. I also had "You do not have permission to access the event viewer" on the same page. All Google matches returned hits referring to installations on a Domain Controller or Windows Vista.

My problem was neither of the above. Rather, the issue was that my IIS web site wasn't configured to use Windows authentication. Apparently the anonymous user didn't have access to some directory somewhere on my hard drive, although I did try the Everyone / Full Control medicine on several directories. But configuring the site to use Windows Authentication did the trick. I'm just wondering why doesn't the installer do this… Or maybe it does? The installation did work fine for me on several other computers.

Hope the experience allows somebody to save an hour or two…

September 18, 2006 В· Jouni Heikniemi В· 7 Comments
Posted in: Windows IT

7 Responses

  1. shanemcr - October 4, 2006

    I had exactly the same problem. You definitely saved me a ton of time. Thanks!

  2. User - January 13, 2007

    It helps me too. 10x

  3. Jamie - February 2, 2007

    Thanks very much, It worked for me also.
    Good man

  4. Kalyan - August 24, 2007

    Yes this did save an more than an hour for me

  5. S van Bodegraven - October 15, 2007

    If it is the case that a reader is using Vista, set the Application Pool to 'Classic .NET AppPool', and disable ASP.NET Impersonation. The only authentication enabled will be 'Windows Authentication'.
    Regards,
    Steve vB.

  6. Nekan - February 25, 2008

    You just saved me a lot of headache.
    Thanks man.

  7. Neil - April 4, 2008

    Yep – saved me a lot of time too. x1000 thanks!