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Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2: Fixing the "An error occurred accessing the website application data folder" Error


By hagrin - Posted on 05 June 2008

Recently, while trying to work on simultaneous consulting projects, I had the need to install and run multiple VPN clients on my development machine. What was the result of trying to actually do this? Blue screened. I pretty much had figured something nasty was going to happen, but curiosity killed the server. Therefore, I figured I would finally turn to virtualization to solve my dilemma. I recently received my MSDN Universal disks and decided to install Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 on my Windows 2003 Server development box. The install is quick and painless and the initial post-installation documents states that a web site was created to administer your Virtual Server. I loaded up the URL and received the following error -

An error occurred accessing the website application data folder.

Just to give you an idea what type of environment I was working in, I was trying to set this up using -

  • Workstation: Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • My workstation was part of a Windows 2003 Domain
  • I was signed into my workstation with my own account which is a Domain Admin

As a Domain Admin, I would have assumed that I had the proper credentials; however that didn't seem the case. To resolve this problem, I had to create (or use an existing) local administrator account and when presented with a login box, to use the local login and not your domain login. In addition, if the issue persists, open up IIS and under the Authentication options for the Virtual Server site, make sure that anonymous logins is unchecked. Those two options should resolve any initial security issues that you may have after first installing Virtual Server 2005 R2.

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