brand new WordPress site -- create network -- insufficient permissions

I installed wordpress and got things out of order -- plugins before creating network.  So I started over.

I installed wordpress again with a new database.  I created a network, using network.php and making the changes it said to wp-config.php and .htaccess.

Now going to testing.mysite.com/wp-admin/network/ I get "You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page."

Most places say to deactivate all the plugins first.  But on this new installation, no plugins were active.  I'm following the simple steps verbatim.  What am I failing to understand?

Thanks!

P.s.  it's Wordpress 4.1.1.  I've tried the hack of the theme's functions.php to make me a superadmin:
include(ABSPATH . 'wp-admin/includes/ms.php');
$user = get_userdatabylogin('YOUR_USERNAME');
grant_super_admin($user->ID);

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all to no avail
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Daniel WilsonAsked:
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Peter HartCommented:
I think its the rewrite rules in the .htaccess file
you need to modify the .htaccess file

details here:

https://codex.wordpress.org/htaccess
Daniel WilsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestion, but that is EXACTLY what I have in .htaccess.

I wonder ... if maybe I need to look at the Apache configuration ...
Daniel WilsonAuthor Commented:
Here's the Apache file for it:

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot /wp_data/wordpress
ServerName march.some_site.com
<Directory "/wp_data/wordpress">
allow from all
Options None
Options FollowSymLinks
Require all granted
</Directory>
ErrorLog /wp_data/logs/march.some_site.com
LogLevel emerg
CustomLog /wp_data/logs/march.some_site.com "combined"
</VirtualHost>

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Peter HartCommented:
is the .htaccess file just called .htaccess
or does it have an extension?
try renaming it and see what happens (just to narrow down the problem)
Daniel WilsonAuthor Commented:
As it turned out, I put the enabling of the network too far down in wp-config.php

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Peter HartCommented:
ah cool. make your answer as the solution.
Daniel WilsonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for you assistance, chilternPC!
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