Cannot setup NETWORK SERVICE Account on Windows 2003 server

Posted on 2005-04-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I'm troubleshooting this error from event viewer on a Windows 2003 server that is a domain controller that was setup using DCPROMO.  I didn't setup the server, I'm coming in after the fact to install our Web Application.  

“Error: The Template Persistent Cache initialization failed for Application Pool 'DefaultAppPool' because of the following error: Could not create a Disk Cache Sub-directory for the Application Pool. The data may have additional error codes..

I'm following this microsoft KB ariticle to setup the IIS_WPG and NETWORK SERVICE accounts

I saw that the IIS_WPG group was already setup as outlined, however I'm unable to setup the NETWORK SERVICE account, because the Active Directory doesn't recognize it as a valid object.

The main problem I'm troubleshooting is that an asp script is working internally but externally reports a 404 NOT FOUND error.  The first steps in this is to clean up the event viewer of any ASP Errors.
Question by:jt_74
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    It doesn't need to.

    Just add the account NETWORK and pick the group that appears in the next window, then select OK.  You shouldn't need to have the name resolved.

    If it nags you, then try this:

    NT AUTHORITY\Network



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