Are you using Windows XP and having problems with viewing your .asp pages via localhost? If you’re having trouble viewing your ASP.NET / .ASP pages, and can swear that IIS has been installed successfully like I did (hah), perhaps these steps will help you, like they helped me.
I was able to view the .asp site while the debugger in Visual Web Developer 2008 was on and the project was open. Once the project was closed, or if I was not in Visual Web Developer, I get this error message when trying to view the same site through “http://localhost/sitename/about.aspx”
The page cannot be found…
It’s possible serving of ASP and ASP.NET pages have been prohibited. To resolve this,
- Click on [Start], select “Run” and you’ll see the Run dialog box open.
- Type “inetmgr” and click [OK] to open your Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
- In the left panel of the IIS Manager, click on [+] next to your computer name, to expand the menu tree.
- Click on “Web Service Extensions” to display the list of web service extensions in the right panel.
- You will see “Active Server Pages” and “ASP.NET v2.0…” listed in the right panel along with their current status. Mine were “Prohibited” on both counts.
- If the status is “Prohibited”, click on the service you wish to allow, e.g. “Active Server Pages”, and click on the [Allow] button. This changes the status to “Allowed”. I selected “allowed” for “ASP.NET v2.0…” as that is what I need.
- You should be able to view your .ASP site via “http://localhost/sitename/” by now.
These were the steps I used, and they worked for me. I hope you’ll find them helpful. Good luck! 🙂
Addon – 28 May 2009 11:55am
Just to add, if you have completed the steps above and have made some progress but encounter this error:
“Server Error in ‘/’ Application”
It is possible the site has not been setup properly still. At the IIS manager (see earlier steps for opening the IIS manager and expanding the menu tree), click on [+] for “Application Pools”, and then for “DefaultAppPool”. If you only see “Default Application” and no other application names that resembles your site name, follow these steps as well:
- In the extended menu tree of the IIS Manager, click on [+] “Web Sites” and then [+] “Default Web Site” to reveal the list of sites currently in your wwwroot folder.
- Right-click on the site you wish to setup to be viewed in using IIS via “localhost”, e.g. [+] Testsite1, and select “Properties” to open the properties window for your site.
- The Properties window has several tabs, namely, Directory, Documents, etc. Make sure the “Directory” tab is selected. If the Application name label and text field is greyed out, click on [Create] next to it. The label and text field is no longer grayed out and your sitename (e.g. Testsite1) appears in the text field.
- Click on [OK] to confirm and close the site properties window.
- Now, you should be able to view your site using the “localhost” url through your internt browser. E.g. http://localhost/Testsite1/Default.aspx
Once again, these steps worked for me, I hope they work for you too. Feel free to drop me a note if you wish to add or suggest anything.