FIX: Error message when you try to debug an ASP.NET 2.0 application in Visual Studio 2005 on a Windows Vista-based computer: "Unable to start debugging on the web server. Debugging failed because integrated Windows authentication is not enab...
In Windows Vista Home Basic or in Windows Vista Home Premium, you create a Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 application by using Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0. When you try to debug the application in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, you receive the following error message:
Unable to start debugging on the web server. Debugging failed because integrated Windows authentication is not enabled. Please see Help for assistance.
This problem occurs because Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium do not contain the Windows Authentication module for IIS. When the client tries to automatically attach the debugger in an ASP.NET 2.0 application, the client sends a HTTP request that contains the DEBUG verb. This HTTP request is used to verify that the process of the application is running and to select the correct process to attach. This HTTP request must be authenticated by using Windows Authentication. However, Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium do not contain the Windows Authentication module for IIS. Therefore, the problem that is described in the 'Symptoms" section occurs.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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You must have Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) installed to apply this hotfix.
You do not have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace any other hotfixes.
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
This hotfix changes the behavior when the client tries to automatically attach the debugger. The Microsoft.Web.Administration.dll file is used to determine which process to attach to if the following conditions are true:
The HTTP request that contains the DEBUG verb cannot be sent because of an authentication failure.
The application is debugged locally. For example, the Web server and the client are on the same computer.
The operating system is Windows Vista or a later version of Windows.
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
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