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Debugging in IIS 7 / W2008 R@: Do everyone need to be an ADMINISTRATOR

phermi asked
Hi all,

We use VS 2010 in our development server, w2008R2, which belongs to a workgroup.

Developers connect to the server via Remote Desktop and some of them need to debug the app.

Unless I made them ADMINISTRATOR of the server, the worker process is not even visible to them to attach to.

Is there a way to allow users to DEBUG (and do some Administration to IIS) without having to have 20 administrators?

Thanks in advance.
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David Johnson, CDSimple Geek from the '70s
Distinguished Expert 2019

Why not just have the dev's develop on their own machine and if everything is ok and approved then publish the changes to the iis server?


ve3ofa:  There are respons for doing what we are doing that are not to be discussed with you or anyone else.

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DevOps Manager
Top Expert 2011

The only option is to make the domain account you will be using to run Visual Studio a member of the Administrators group on the remote server computer.


To debug a process that is running under another account name: You must have administrator privilege on the remote computer. If the ASP.NET worker process aspnet_wp.exe is running as SYSTEM or ASPNET, for example, you have to be an administrator on the computer where that process is running.

Best Regards,



So, in theory I can designate one developer account, the head developer, as the debugger user and the run IIS using his account instead of system?

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