Here is another challenge for up and coming sbs 2008 experts....
why can I not change permissions on program files directory?
The scenario is this ... we have been using (on our old sbs 2003) server a program called Policy Manager, which manages policies (of all things?!) and provides a web based service via IIS (with sql or mysql as db) to write, edit and view workplace policies.
SO, it comes time to install policy manager on my flash new sbs 2008 premium box. BUT I keep getting http 503 service unavailable errors. The web component of Policy Manager simply will not work.
This appears to be a permissions error. What is required is for Network Service to have modify permissions to the Policy Manager directory, however whilst I can change permissions on the Policy Manager directory itself, and (whilst not adviseable) change permissions on root c: drive, I can NOT change permissions on the on Program Files (x86) directory ... which therefore (i am guessing) interrupts the permissions pathway and does not allow the application to run. As an alternative I have tried mappign an network share directly to the policy manager directory ... but that has not worked either.
I have the Policy manager vendor working on the problem from their end BUT I thought I would post here to see if this is a specific SBS problem. Apparently they don't see the same behaviour happening on Server 2008.
The potential implication for any 3rd party software application is potentially this ... If any alternative permissions are required on Program Files (x86) directory for the application to run THEN SBS 2008 is not the box to run it on.
any thoughts on a work around for this?