"Virtual server is running FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions" message when you run Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 Setup or when you try to extend the virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0

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SYMPTOMS

You may experience one or more of the following symptoms in Windows SharePoint Services 2.0:
  • When you run Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 Setup, you may receive the following message:
    Setup has detected that your default virtual server is running FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions. To continue Setup and upgrade your default virtual server later, click OK. To exit Setup and move data from your default virtual server, click Cancel. For more information about moving data from FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions, see the Administrator's Guide for Windows SharePoint Services.
  • When you click Extend or upgrade virtual server in SharePoint Central Administration, click Default Web Site, and then click the Extending a virtual server that is already running Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions link, you receive the following message:
    If you have an existing virtual server running FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions that you would like to upgrade to Windows SharePoint Services, you must uninstall FrontPage Server Extensions and then extend the virtual server. If you wish to preserve the content from your FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions-based site, use the Smigrate.exe tool to migrate the content to your new Windows SharePoint Services-based site before uninstalling. For information on Smigrate, see About migrating Web sites.
  • When you try to extend the virtual server by using the Stsadm.exe command-line tool, you receive the following message:
    Windows SharePoint Services has detected that this virtual server is running SharePoint Team Services or FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions. To extend this virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services, you must move the site content to a different virtual server, and then remove SharePoint Team Services or FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions from this virtual server. For more information about moving data from SharePoint Team Services or FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions, see the Administrator's Guide for Windows SharePoint Services.

CAUSE

This behavior occurs if the virtual server is configured to use Microsoft FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions. Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server both check whether FrontPage Server 2002 Extensions is running on the virtual server. This operation is performed to help prevent you from accidentally extending a virtual server that is already running FrontPage Server Extensions with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, and to help prevent you from inadvertently deleting important metadata that FrontPage Server Extensions uses to maintain the Web site.

Note When you install Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, a small warning message appears if the FrontPage Server Extensions are installed. Read the message, and then click OK. The FrontPage Server Extensions and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 can coexist on the same computer. However, the Front Page Server Extensions and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 cannot coexist on the same virtual site. After Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 is installed, a new virtual site can be created. Then, Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 can be installed on the new virtual site. The issues that this article describes occur only when you try to configure Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 on a virtual site that is extended with the FrontPage Server Extensions.

RESOLUTION

Important This resolution involves extending the virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. Follow the steps in this resolution only if you are not using FrontPage Server Extensions on the virtual server. If you have an active Web site that is based on FrontPage Server Extensions, consider extending another virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. When you follow the steps to enable the extension of a virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, FrontPage Server Extensions functionality is no longer available on the virtual server.

To resolve this issue and enable the extension of a virtual server with Windows SharePoint Portal Services 2.0, remove FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions, restart Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and then extend the virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. To do this, follow these steps.

Part A: Remove FrontPage Server 2002 Extensions from the virtual server

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Microsoft SharePoint Administrator.
  2. On the Server Administration page, click Administration under Virtual Servers.
  3. Under Administration, click Uninstall FrontPage Server Extensions.
Note If you experience the symptoms described in the "Symptoms" section, but the virtual server does not use FrontPage 2002 Extensions, delete the _vti_pvt\Service.cnf file if it is present in the content folder of the virtual server. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab.
  3. Click Show hidden files and folders, and then click OK.
  4. Locate the _vti_pvt folder in the content folder of the virtual server.
  5. If the Service.cnf file exists in the _vti_pvt folder, delete it. To do so, right-click the Service.cnf file, and then click Delete.
  6. Click Yes when you are prompted to confirm the deletion.

Part B: Restart IIS

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type cmd, and then click OK.
  3. At the command prompt, type the following line, where ServerName is the name of your server, and then press ENTER:
    iisreset /noforce ServerName
  4. Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit the command prompt.

Part C: Extend the virtual server

Extend the virtual server with Windows SharePoint Services 2.0.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver/sharepoint/bb267377.aspx

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Article ID: 823378 - Last Review: October 10, 2007 - Revision: 4.6
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0
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