Vista, IIS7, Classic ASP, and Microsoft Access – How to Get It Working!

First, make sure ASP Classic Is Installed on Vista, good instructions here

Make sure your app is set up as a virtual directory, etc, etc.

Then, you need to set permissions and run commands and change around settings just to get anywhere. Just for kicks I made the IUSR for the directory have modify rights, but I am not sure if that did anything, oh well, I am not changing it back.

I ran the default page, and got this

An error occurred on the server when processing the URL. Please contact the system administrator

Nice huh? Well, I went and turned off Friendly HTTP Errors in IE Internet Options, that didn’t give me anymore info, so, found this:

cscript %systemdrive%inetpubadminiscriptsadsutil.vbs set w3svc/AspScriptErrorSentToBrowser true     

That will send the actual errors to the browser, ok good.

Now, getting this:

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for ODBC Drivers error ‘80004005’

Found out you need to run 3 more commands to get this to work… ok

icacls %windir%serviceprofilesnetworkserviceAppDataLocalTemp /grant Users:(CI)(S,WD,AD,X)

icacls %windir%serviceprofilesnetworkserviceAppDataLocalTemp /grant “CREATOR OWNER”:(OI)(CI)(IO)(F)


%windir%system32inetsrvappcmd set config -section:applicationPools /[name=’DefaultAppPool’].processModel.loadUserProfile:false

After all that nonsense, the page/app actually worked! What a debacle…

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By Steve Novoselac

Director of Digital Technology @TrekBikes, Father, Musician, Cyclist, Homebrewer

3 replies on “Vista, IIS7, Classic ASP, and Microsoft Access – How to Get It Working!”

Great article, finally got the error debugging to work properly- can’t believe that windows forces users to enter an arcane command just get the errors to display correctly!
Just one thing though, i think the cscript command you show has an “i” in the “adminiscripts”, i think its normally just “adminscripts”.
Thanks for the help!


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