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4/8/2014 11:08 AM

I have been using this great product since 2003. These days, installation takes days and days of my time. I need help, here are a few of the problems; 

1. The authentication bug is back, and this time I can't even log into the entire site to change the ribbon-bar setting. Frankly, I like the way the new editor looks, but have to switch back to old school every time.

2. Finally got my site at  (URL running this morning, only to be met with the authentication loop at log in, and when I added this solution:   modules runallmanagedmodulesforallrequests="true" my whole site now gives me an error as you see below. I changed it back, and it still gives me the error.

500 - Internal server error.

There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed.

 3. Yesterday,  I consulted support at my host because I could not get an install up and was told the web.config file was bad. Specifically, line 98:   

I doubt this was really the problem but with so many bugs going on I just don't know.

4. IIS and this app are not playing well together. Combined with my terrible web host and the way their system gives me all sorts of permission problems, denies me access to IIS to iron out any potential isses, etc., I have to slog through a couple of days worth of issues. This used to not be the case, until I hit version 7xx.  While I know this is not always a DNN problem, per se, I do think that some notes on the many issue surrounding IIS that I am finding, might be in order.

 Beth Vest


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4/8/2014 11:18 AM

New development ...let me append; I just tried to hit my IP address and URL again, and it is trying to run the install wizard again. I already ran through this process. Any idea why the  site would default to the install wizard after the site was already installed?  I even went to it long enough to get stuck in an authentication loop tying to log in.  Frustration.

Beth Vest

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4/8/2014 6:52 PM

based on your problems you main issue is that your server is missing this patch - -this is required for sites with extentionless url's (which the advanced url provider uses in DNN). Note: the runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests "fix" is not a real fix, it simply forces all requests through the pipeline and in fact hurts performance. If you have that patch (or are running a more modern version of IIS), you do not need to use runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests.

This will resolve the 404 issues post-install and also any service request failures (which are simply 404's under the cover also).

As to why an install would run again, typically that would indicate that the web application could not connect to the database and as such assumes it's an installation. The other possibility is that the web.config does not contain the right connection details - this could happen if your permissions are invalid e.g. the user that the application pool runs under does not have read, write and modify permissions for web.config

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4/8/2014 9:22 PM

The weird thing about the install wizard trying to run was that I had already run it and the site was installed and the proper tables were created in the database. When I clicked the link to visit my new site, it threw up the usual welcome widow, the site was visible, but then the authentication loop started. That is why I thought it so strange. I am going to consult my webhost, Newtek, about making sure I am up-to-date on IIS. I thought I was on the latest version but I will start there and come back to whine if I run into other issues. Thanks!

Beth Vest


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4/9/2014 9:29 AM
no problem - as to the wizard running again this can also happen if there is no connectivity between the webserver and the database server e.g. there is a routing or network problem. Over the years there have been a few people reporting such problems with their hosting provider, but they always turned out to be temporary (and often related to a failing/failed piece of network hardward such as a router/firewall), perhaps that's what you saw. If you don't see it again that would be a confirmation that it was a temporary network issue with the host

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