IIS Static compression : “The directory specified for caching compressed content is invalid. Static compression is disabled” Warnings in event viewer(2264)

The <httpCompression> element specifies the HTTP compression settings for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7. HTTP compression can provide faster transmission times between IIS and client browsers that can accept compressed files.

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When a user requests for a page, the IIS worker process creates a folder specific to the application pool on the configured IIS Cache directory (One time i.e. under C:\inetpub\temp\IIS Temporary Compressed Files\appPoolName).

The folder is getting created but we are getting a warning on the Eventvwr for IIS-W3SVC-WP source.

“The directory specified for caching compressed content <folder location> is invalid. Static compression is disabled.

Log Name:     Application

Source:       Microsoft-Windows-IIS-W3SVC-WP

Date:         9/1/2017 3:07:58 PM

Event ID:     2264

Task Category: None

Level:         Warning

Keywords:     Classic

User:         N/A



The directory specified for caching compressed content C:\inetpub\temp\IIS Temporary Compressed Files\appPoolName is invalid. Static compression is being disabled.

Event Xml:

<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">


<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-IIS-W3SVC-WP" Guid="{670080D9-742A-4187-8D16-41143D1290BD}" EventSourceName="W3SVC-WP" />

<EventID Qualifiers="32768">2264</EventID>






<TimeCreated SystemTime="2017-09-01T22:07:58.000000000Z" />


<Correlation />

<Execution ProcessID="0" ThreadID="0" />


<Computer> </Computer>

<Security />



<Data Name="Directory">C:\inetpub\temp\IIS Temporary Compressed Files\appPoolName</Data>




Whenever we delete the subfolders under ' C:\inetpub\temp\IIS Temporary Compressed Files', the folder recreates with 'IUSRS' as the owner and we were not getting these warning logged again . But after sometime if we delete the app pool folder and  recycled the application pool the same warnings were getting logged on the event viewer for the first request .

Before troubleshooting this issue , make sure you have checked the below things :

  • Ensured that static compression is enabled on the IIS configuration
  • Provided the application pool service account/ IIS_IUSRS  required access on the IIS Cache directory
  • Do not change the Default location of this directory

In order to troubleshoot this issue further we ran the procmon and saw who is owning the compression folder

  • We found that the compression folder is being created (and owned by) IUSR
  • The compression folder must be owned by the AppPool Identity.
  • IUSR is the default identity used by IIS when 'Anonymous Authentication' is used

To resolve this issue we followed the below steps :

Right click 'Anonymous Authentication' in IIS -> Set to 'AppPool Identity' -> Delete compression folder -> restart IIS website -> When new compression folder is created it will be owned  by the AppPool identity and no Events 2264 will occur.

Note: The new owner will be 'Administrators' if the AppPool Identity is in the local administrators group.


Hope this helps !!!  😊


Comments (3)

  1. Bhushan says:

    Very useful article.

  2. Arun says:

    Great Article!! Helped me a lot 🙂

  3. Suraj Dixit says:

    Great Article! thanks for this Mayur

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