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!

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