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IIS 6 default document error - "The system cannot find the file specified. "

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I have set the IIS default document for my site  to index.asp. It simply will not find this document unless i manually type it into the address.

http://IPaddres/index.asp - works
http://IPaddress - fails

The error I get is:
"The system cannot find the file specified. "

I set the default document in IIS6 on Windows 2003. This server was just setup recently. Has anbody ran into this trouble or have any ideas what might cause this to fail??

Thanks,
jordan
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I currently use IIS6 there are no issues even that we have custom default document (legacy one - start.asp)

Could you try what is the result with
http://IPaddress/
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do you have more than one web site?  

also, check the documents tab content for typo.

cheers.
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by:anderson22
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I had same problem with II6.  Remove and readd the web site to get the mapping to work.  It is related to some issue in the metabase.

-rca
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It is the only website I have on the site.

anderson22 - I will give that a shot.
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by:alimu
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This is probably a silly question but have you allowed ASP on your site? This is disabled by default in IIS6 and needs to be explicitly allowed through web server extensions in the management console.
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I had ASP enabled. I reinstalled IIS and it works now. I am not sure what got corrupted!
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There are some issues with IIS6 metabase and application pooling.  I couldn't find an exact source or cause, but the reinstall seems to fix the problem.

It is possible that this is caused by some update.  Also, I have been running my web server for two months with no more problems.

-rca
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by:M3hcSS
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How does one check to see if .asp is allowed?

BRAND NEW to IIS 6.0 (wishing we didn't use it).
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From IIS Console, Web services node (next to web sites)


Don't wish that, it is much better than 5
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