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Server Application Unavailable The web application you are attempting to access on this web server is currently unavailable.

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I'm not really sure how to categorize this questions.  Our environment is a Windows XP box set up as a server.  Out of nowhere it's not working today.  I tried to access the main site and received the "Unavailable" error.  Picking through the logs I've found a couple of errors, the first is:

aspnet_wp could not be started

When I try to connect to SQL reporting services on the same server I get the error:

Client found response content type of 'text/html; charset=utf-8', but expected 'text/xml'.

Server administration is definitely not my forte but this little monster has rolled downhill to me.

Any suggestions?

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First of all look for SQL Authentication.Possibly the user name or password could have changed. If all are fine then a big task in hand.
Read the link.
http://forums.asp.net/p/1013929/1370141.aspx
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Okay, after having finally solved this problem I have some choice words for Microsoft. But first, the solution that worked for me:

By replacing the machine.config line "<processModel autoConfig="true" />" with "<processModel userName="system" password="AutoGenerate" />", the problem was solved. Of course, no one wants to run .Net under ths system account, so all this did for me was indicate that I had a permissions problem that, in theory, can be resolved.
Then I proceeded to do everything everyone recommended regarding setting appropriate permissions for ASP.Net. Twice. Particularly following the recommendations in http://homepages.wmich.edu/~kchen/courses/cis4900/ASP.NET%202.0%20Installation%20and%20troubleshooting.pdf I set all the permissions again and again for  ASPNET, IUSR_, and IWAM_ accounts, rebooting to make sure the changes took effect. No go.

Then, I discovered another Microsoft article that mentions something not mentioned in the PDF or the other ideas I'd gotten until now: check permissions on the ASP.NET profile directory. http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-US/library/kwzs111e.aspx This was interesting but also didn't work.
Finally, I pulled out good ole FilemonNT to trace what was going on when I request a page. The first time I used it it turned nothing up (except a buffer overflow in aspnet_isapi!), so I rebooted and tried again and I struck gold: IIS had not been granted write permissions on the log directory in C:\Windows\System32\Logfiles! I gave IUSR_, IWAM_ and ASPNET write permissions on that directory and voila! What appeared to be an ASP.Net error went away.
Regarding my feedback to Microsoft: first, why is there no knowledgebase article on this pervasive problem; why are the knowledgebase articles related to asp.net 2.0 permissions (e.g. the one referenced above) not linked to related articles on IIS permissions which, when configured incorrectly, cause a .Net-looking error. And why is there absolutely no intelligence on the internet that couldn't have told me this already?! So there you have it, hope this helps someone else too.


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spprivate

Good suggestions.  I'm not sure if any of them worked because one of our other guys got it working.  Not totally sure how yet but your post came in handy.

Thanks,

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