Ed0906 Ed0906 - 1 year ago 170
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Unable to access the IIS metabase ASP.Net

Hi I know there are a few threads on this but none of the solutions seem to work for me.

I have an ASP.Net website project which I am trying to load and publish in Visual Studio. However when I load the project I get the error:

Creation of the virtuald directory http://localhost:xxxx failed with
the error: Unable to access the IIS metabase. You do not have
sufficient privilege to access IIS web sites on your machine.

This error only occurs when I run Visual Studio as Administrator. If I don't run as admin then the above error does not occur but when I try to publish my app I get:

Please launch Visual Studio under administrator mode to perform this
deployment action

It seems I can't win!

What I've tried so far:

  • Taking ownership of C:/Windows/System32/Inetsrv/Config

  • Setting
    in my project_name.csproj file

  • Go back to and old team foundation server check in that didn't have the problem in admin mode and use that configuration.

  • Running Visual Studio as non-admin (works but note second error above)

None had any luck so far.

Extra Info:

Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64 bit)

Visual Studio: 2013

IIS: 8.5

Permissions on C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config (read only):

  1. Me: Full control

  2. Administrators: Full control

Permissions on Documents/IISExpress/config (read only):

  1. Me: Full control

  2. Administrators: Full control

Note "Documents" is on a network drive

Answer Source

It turns out my Personal Folder was set to a network drive which occasionally went down causing the error described.

To change your Personal folder:

  • Open C://Windows/regedit.exe
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders
  • Change the field Personal to %USERPROFILE% or %USERPROFILE%\{a folder of your choice}

This fixed the problem for me.

Note you may need to move over any files from your old Personal folder to your new one as they wont be picked up any more

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