I have known about this issue for a while – but I have kept on forgetting to post about it. If you have Virtual Server installed on a Windows XP SP2 computer you may see an ‘Access Denied’ error when you try to open the Administrative website. The simple, but non-intuitive, way to fix this is to:
- Open ‘My Computer’
- Open the ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Folder Options’
- Change to the ‘View’ tab
- Scroll to the bottom of the ‘Advanced settings:’ box and uncheck ‘Use simple file sharing (Recommended)’.
- Click ‘OK’ and you should now be able to use the Administrative website.
When simple file sharing is enabled, a number of file restrictions are enforced, some of which stop the Virtual Server Administrative website from working properly. I always forget about this issue because I always disable simple file sharing on all my computers, just out of personal preference.
Thanks to SrikGuru for the email about this.