Cannot change WebServicesVirtualDirectory to follow MS Kb 940726

Posted on 2008-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
I am following the steps in the MS kb 940726, but I cannot complete the EWS InternalUrl step.  I suspect that the problem is the fact that the external URL is very different from the internal FQDN.   Using xxx to equate to the company name, the external is while the internal is

In the management shell, I issue the command:
Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory -Identity "\EWS (Default Web Site)" -InternalUrl

I get the error:
Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory : A failure occurred while trying to update metabase properties.
At line:1 char:32
+ Set-WebServicesVirtualDirectory <<<< -Identity "\EWS (Default Web Site)" -InternalUrl
Question by:xogent
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Just a guess.  Do you have a Host Header name configured for your Default Web Site?

Author Comment

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I think I know what you're asking.  The 2 site bindings, http & https, both have no host name listed.  Also, this is running on a Server 2008 platform, if that makes a difference.

The http binding shows: Type: http,  IP address: All Unassigned,  Port: 80,  Host name: (this field is blank)
Https: Type: https,  IP address: All Unassigned,  Port: 443,  Host name: (this field is blank and greyed out),  SSL certificate: Xxx Industries - Outlook Anywhere
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Can you run the Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory cmd successfully?
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Author Comment

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When I tried, I got this:
Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory : Unable to create Internet Information Services (IIS) directory entry. Error message is: Access is denied.
. HResult = -2147024891.
At line:1 char:31
+ Get-WebServicesVirtualDirectory <<<<
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LeeDerbyshire earned 500 total points
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Are you sure you are logged in with an account that has permission to do IIS administration; which is what the EMC console is doing on your behalf?  Easiest way to check is to go into IIS Manager, and see if the EWS VDir actually exists, then look at some of its properties.

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You're right.  I had not launched the shell as an admin.

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