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Front Page Guest Book

I am trying to use a front page guest book to allow visitors to leave their comments I format the page but then when you click on submit comments I get a page with the following information.

FrontPage Run-Time Component Page
You have submitted a form or followed a link to a page that requires a web server and the FrontPage Server Extensions to function properly.

This form or other FrontPage component will work correctly if you publish this web to a web server that has the FrontPage Server Extensions installed.

Click the <Back> arrow to return to the previous page.

I did not have front page server extensions installed orginally but now I do and I still get the error message.

I am sure I am missing something simple.

I have this page on a server running win2k server.  the page in question is located at

http://www.brewersdist.com/pics/flippedtobudselect.htm

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vlahomt
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rdivilbissCommented:
Two obvious possibilities, the web site isn't extended (properly) or you are accessing the file via URN rather than URL.

After installing FPSE did you extend the web side?

Are you pre-viewing the page via http://.... or C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\...?

If that doesn't help or you do not understand, just let us know.

Rod

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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
I do not understand what you mean by extend the web site.

I am viewing the web site by opening a browser and going to the actual URL.  What is a URN?
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rdivilbissCommented:
Universal Resource Name aka File path.

After you install FPSE you must "extend" the web sites that will be using FPSE.  You can have several hundred websites on an IIS server (under Windows 2000/2003 server) and only have a few usinf FPSE.  Therefore the need to extend the webs, even if you only have one website.

Go to IIS manager in control panel, right click the website in question and choose All Tasks, Extend the FP web.

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/a18e3bc3-5b00-434d-af2e-037716825002.mspx
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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
I think I might not have the correct server extensions installed.  Do you know where I can download and install the FP 2002 server extensions.

I do not have the right click option about extending the webs you are talking about.

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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
FrontPage Server Extensions 2002  
Extend virtual server with FrontPage Server Extensions 2002  
 
 
   
 Use this page to extend a virtual server with FrontPage Server Extensions 2002.  
 
   Unable to create a web at the URL "/" because FrontPage information was unexpectedly encountered beneath the corresponding directory ("d:\www.brewersdist.com\"). If you are certain that there is no FrontPage web at "d:\www.brewersdist.com\pics", you should delete the file "d:\www.brewersdist.com\pics\_vti_pvt\services.cnf" or rename it to "services.org".
 
I  Downloaded and installed 2002 FPSE and then installed the latest security patch.  When I tried to configure the fpse for 2002 (new right click option)  I then slecet the web page to extend and I get the above error message.  Will it mess up my existing web page if I rename this file?  What information is contained in the services.cnf file?

 
 
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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
I am not even seeing the services.cnf file in the directory the error message is talking about.
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rdivilbissCommented:
I've never had a problem with that, but you might want to do a backup first.

>I am not even seeing the services.cnf file in the directory the error message is talking about.

It should be hidden.

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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
I renamed that file and I was able to extend the web page.  after i did that I was able to make the guest book work once then I started getting the same error message again.
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rdivilbissCommented:
LOL, you have ALL the luck don't you?

So it worked one time then quit?

Is this the current error you receive?

"This form or other FrontPage component will work correctly if you publish this web to a web server that has the FrontPage Server Extensions installed."

Rod
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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
that is the exact error message.

the rest of my day at work definatly falls into that luck category as well.

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AZwebCommented:
Are you developing your site from one location and then publishing it to the web server location? If not this is the setup you want to use. Many of the FrontPage extensions are tempermental if you do not publish the site to the server location.

It's odd that it worked once then gave you an error again, 99% of the time they either work or don't work with no in between or partial success.

The page worked fine for me when I just tested it so you must have fixed your problem.
Good luck from here on out....
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vlahomtAuthor Commented:
one last question.  What is the easiest way to edit comments that are posted.  I do anticipate comments that will have to removed.

I think i fixed it by uninstalling FPSE and then Reinstalling them.

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rdivilbissCommented:
I'm glad you got the FPSE fixed.  If the  comments are offensive you'll have to go in an edit them manually.  There is no administrative part to the Guestbook wizard.

The comments are just stored in an html page, guestlog.htm which you will have to manually edit.

Regards,
Rod
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rdivilbissCommented:
Thanks for the points and good luck with the rest of your project.  Should FP continue to be a frustration, you might want to take a look at http://www.webwizguide.info/asp/sample_scripts/guestbook_script.asp.

Excellent and free.
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