One of our readers sent in this tip on how to get classic ASP debugging working
from within Visual Studio .NET.
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, this is what worked for me.
To enable .asp debugging change the following settings:
project - properties
- enable ASP debugging
- enable ASP.NET debugging
In the IIS snap-in:
default website - properties
home directory tab
- enable ASP server-side script debugging
website (the project you want to debug) - properties
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:
Local Users and 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 and 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 avoid wasting time fiddling with all these settings...