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Install of WSS v3 fails on Win 2008 R2, if IIS has been installed to

  Date: May 29    Category: MOSS    Views: 1436

The subject pretty much says it all. This is my first install of WSS v3 on
a win 2008 server. Our default build has IIS installed to the D drive.
When I attempted to install WSS psconfig failed on provisioning the
Central Admin web app. The error tossed back was "Absolute path information
is required."

I then uninstalled IIS, and re-installed it to the system drive (C) and the
WSS install completed successfully.

Has anyone else had experience with installing WSS on Win 2008 with IIS on a
system drive? I have a custom VB script I use for moving IIS from C to D
and this is the first time I've had an app have issues with the move
(currently deployed to about 100 servers).

The odd part is that on our win 2003 servers, where we also install IIS to
the D drive WSS/MOSS has no issues with the non-default location.



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: May 29    

Common issue:


Answer #2    Answered On: May 29    

Yeah, thanks for being an arse. If you had actually bothered to read what I
wrote you would have seen that it is the central admin web app that will not
deploy. Everything in your helpful post is about deploying web apps after a
successful install of WSS. The specific step that the install is failing on
is when psconfig is attempting to set the authentication method for the
Central Admin web site. It is also failing to create the Central Admin web
site in IIS. I currently have a ticket open about this with MS as well, I
was hoping someone here with experience installing WSS v3 on windows 2008 R2
might have some ideas of things I could try.

Answer #3    Answered On: May 29    

The first MS KB article didn't help:

Attempting to create a new Web application in Central Administration will fail
with the following error message:

Absolute path information is required.

Subsequent attempts to create web applications will also fail with same error.


Did you check your script to make sure it is referencing the d:\ and not the
I bet you used something that does the move as noted in this article:

Answer #4    Answered On: May 29    
Answer #5    Answered On: May 29    


"You or somebody moved the root of the IIS folder from C:\ to D:\. The popular
script that does this move for you that's floating around has a bug in it... it
leaves and extra \ causing the D:\\inetpub for "SharePoint stuff.

Answer #6    Answered On: May 29    

Can I send you a LinkedIn invite?