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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

IIS: Error Writing Encrypted Data to the Web Services Configuration Database

Summary: When attempting to install or re-install IIS; you receive the following error:

"Error Writing Encrypted Data to the Web Services Configuration Database" The option gives you the ability to "write unencrypted data." However if you proceed; IIS installation stalls and does not proceed.

World Wide Publishing Service fails to start with

"The specified handle is invalid"

Resolution: Rename the MachinesKeys folder in the following directory to MachineKeysold.

%Windir%\Profiles\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys

Once this has been renamed; in the IIS installation where you were prompted to choose "write uncrypted data" close out this dialog box by clicking the X (windows close button on top right corner"

IIS will complete the instllation and you will see a new MachineKeys directory. If you already closed out of the prompt box above; just uninstall and re-install IIS.

James Chong (MVP)
Security+, Project+, ITIL


Blogger M_Al-Enezi said...

Excellent post!

4:49 AM  
Blogger M3ph said...

Thanks, this fixed my problem.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks a million!
Path is incorrect on my machine, should have been: :\documents and settings\all users\application data\microsoft\crypt\rsa

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