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

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!

See also  Redefining Energy Management: Advanced Solutions for Modern Buildings

About Our Editorial Process

At DevX, we’re dedicated to tech entrepreneurship. Our team closely follows industry shifts, new products, AI breakthroughs, technology trends, and funding announcements. Articles undergo thorough editing to ensure accuracy and clarity, reflecting DevX’s style and supporting entrepreneurs in the tech sphere.

See our full editorial policy.

About Our Journalist