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Language: ASP, VS.NET
Expertise: Beginner
Dec 31, 2003

Debug an ASP Project with Visual Studio .NET in Windows 2000

It took me a while to figure out how to enable debugging on a traditional .asp project with Visual Studio .NET using Windows 2000. I would always get an error saying:

"Unable to find project on the Web server. Unable to set Web server into correct debugging state automatically. You may not be able to debug .ASP pages."

After a lot of online research and fiddling with the settings, what follows is what worked for me.

To enable .asp debugging change the following settings:

  • In VS.NET:
    
    -------------
       project - properties
          configuration properties
             debugging
                - enable ASP debugging
                - enable ASP.NET debugging
    
  • In the IIS snap-in:
    
    ----------------------
       default Website - properties
          home directory tab
             configuration
                app debugging
                   - enable ASP server-side script debugging
    
       Website (the project you want to debug) - properties
          directory tab
             application name: add
    
    This sets an application name for the Website and changes the icon from a default folder icon to a Website icon.
  • Add IIS process account to Debugger Users group:
    
    ---------------------------------------------------
       In Computer Management snap-in:
          System Tools
             Local Users and Groups
                Groups
                   Debugger Users - properties
                      Add user IWAM_machine-name (the "Launch IIS process account")
    
  • Now, to debug in VS.NET:
    
    ------------------------
       right-click the .asp page that the application should start from
          select "Set as Start Page" 
    set a breakpoint in the .asp code anywhere in the project click Debug—>Start or press F5 to build the project and start debugging
I hope this helps others to avoid wasting time fiddling with all these settings!
Timm Rebitzki
 
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