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When using a custom profile as identity for an IIS (7.5, 8.0) Application Pool - is one supposed to login with this account on the related server in order to create a user profile beforehand?

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No, no need, the profile will be created automatically the first time the Application Pool is used.

If you need specific things in the profile you can/should create it first.

  • Thanks so far. One last question: What do you man by "Application Pool is used"? In detail I am asking about the term "used". Does "used" mean: Started AppPool with this user? Or: Having had the AppPool served the first request? – Joey Apr 10 '17 at 11:47
  • That depends, usually the profile is created when the first request is served, but if you set the property Start Mode = AlwaysRunning, then the profile is created as soon as you assign a web site to the AppPool. – Peter Hahndorf Apr 12 '17 at 10:41

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