Error message when you try to create a new Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web application: "Absolute path information is required"

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Symptoms
In SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, when you try to create a new Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web application, the Internet Information Services (IIS) Web site is not created. The new Web application is displayed in the Web application list. However, you cannot create any other new Web applications in SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration.

Additionally, when you try to delete this Web application, or when you try to create a new Web application, you receive the following error message:
Absolute path information is required.
Cause
This problem occurs if a Web application that includes a relative path is created and is not provisioned. For example, relative paths that will cause this problem are C\Inetpub and C:..\Relative. Notice that the colon is not used correctly. An example of a valid absolute path is C:\Inetpub.
Workaround
To work around this problem, use the SharePoint object model to create a script that deletes the Web application. The following is an example of a script that deletes the Web application.
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration;namespace delweb{class Program{static void Main(string[] args){SPWebApplicationCollection oWebCollection = SPWebService.ContentService.WebApplications;foreach (SPWebApplication oWeb in oWebCollection){if (oWeb.Name == "Name of Web application")oWeb.Delete();}}}}
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Properties

Article ID: 958448 - Last Review: 01/16/2015 16:28:06 - Revision: 3.0

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

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