June 09, 2007

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista, breaks module development

I am not sure how many DotNetNuke module developers out there are running on Windows Vista but I thought I would share my most recent experience.  I managed to get my DotNetNuke installations up and running a while back with minimal issues with Windows Vista.  However, last night Windows Update prompted me for updates and installed "Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Updates for Windows Vista".  At first I didn't notice any issues, that was until I tried to open any of my DotNetNuke WAP Modules.

I was given a message about incorrect IIS setup or administrator permissions.  Since I run Visual Studio 2005 as an Admin at all times I knew it was not the issue.  Well in the message they also make a note regarding IIS6 compatiability options being needed.  Well lucklly this is an easy fix.  Simply follow the below.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open "Programs and Features"
  3. Select "Turn Windows features on or off" (You must grant permission for this)
  4. Expand the "Internet Information Services" node
  5. Expand "Web Management Tools"
  6. Ensure that ALL items for "IIS 6 Management Compatibility" are checked, then click "Ok"
  7. Now, try opening/creating your solution in Visual Studio and you should be able to do so.

Overall a very quick fix to get you up and running.  I have tested everything on my machine since performing the update and all is well.  This still doesn't fix the fact that you can't directly open .cs, .vb, .aspx or other Visual Studio files directly from your PC but it at least ensures that you can still use all of your existing code files!

tags: DNN, ASP.NET
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