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I published a website using VS2005 to Win2k Server. No errors were generated. When I visit the page, I see this error:

Failed to start monitoring changes to 'E:\path\to\bin' because access is denied.

I logged in to the box with an Administrator account - and the folder won't let me change permissions or even view the files! It says "access denied".

I'm a little stumped because this error is preventing the application from running.

Any suggestions?

Update: When I right-click on the folder and choose "properties" - the security tab doesn't even show up - I can't get to this folder with any account on the box. I'm really stumped (and a bit worried)

Update2: Tried to take ownership through the parent folder - access denied. Tried to use the Security Policy editor and reset NTFS permissions - "The data is invalid" error. What in the world did Visual Studio screw up - and why in the world is Win2k preventing all access to these folders?!

Update3: I created a new folder on the server and changed the location of the .NET application's virtual directory so I can at least get it back up and running. I'm still stuck with this rogue folder that I can't do anything with.

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Have you been able to run a .net 2.0 web application on this server before? – Chris Dec 23 '09 at 22:04
The symptoms you are describing sound to me suspiciously like a virus infection. If possible, I suggest pulling the drive(s) and adding it/them to a known clean machine for scanning. Failing that scan from a live cd, such as Bart PE with ClamWin and up to date databases. – John Gardeniers Dec 24 '09 at 0:27
The server is currently running .Net 2.0 apps, yes. I haven't had a chance to pull the drive - so I'm not sure about that. – JayTee Dec 24 '09 at 19:11

Can use CACLS to see who has access to the folder?

For e.g.


If yes then can you reset the user's password and runas that user to change permissions on the folder? For e.g.:


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access denied :( – JayTee Dec 24 '09 at 19:08

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