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Hi, Im new to web design and Im using Dreamweaver MX 2004.  I recently started to learn the basics of building a dynamic web page with a "Dreamweaver MX2004: The Missing Manual".  I recently upgraded my Op system from XP Home to Vista to access IIS.  

Following the books tutorial, I successfully set up a connection to a MS Access database.  The next chapter in the book involved the creation of a web page with dynamic data.  Again, following the book's instructions, I loaded up a page with four or five dynamic fields.

The next step in the process involved a "Preview in IE".  However, I received the following error message when I tried to view the page:

http://localhost/nationalex_root/TMPqs6jfq3th7.asp
An error occurred on the server when processing the URL. Please contact the system administrator

This is the error message w/ "Show Friendly Error Messages" unchecked.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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1) Try to reduce security in IE.

2) Try to turn off UAC.

I hope this helps !
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Hi efurhole,

Have you tested http://localhost/ to make sure IIS is working properly?
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2) Try to turn off UAC.

What is UAC and where would I find this setting??

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User access control
Disable Vista Security Center
1. Start -> Run -> "services.msc" (no quotes)
2. Continue at UAC prompt
3. Scroll down to "Security Center"
4. Right click and select properties
5. Change "Startup Type:" to "Disabled"
6. Click OK
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UAC changes made.  Same error message.

Have you tested http://localhost/ to make sure IIS is working properly?  Yes.
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Copied and pasted from another EE exchange - credit to the community.

The answer is in IIS 7.0 there is a button called 'authentication' and under this setting you will see 'Anonymous Authentification' which by default is 'Enabled'. Right click and select edit. By default the user identity will be iuser - this is the core of the problem! Change this to 'Application pool identity' and it works fine!

IIS doesn't need applications set on a folder as previously because it is more like a webserver. You create a website and can have multiple websites. The application is automatically assigned to it. So i was going about it completely the wrong way.
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