Framework 1.1 / DNN 3.2 and Framework 2 / DNN 4 Happy Co-existance


Does anyone know how to fix this?
I am attempting to run two environments on my machine (without a dual-boot, virtual machine, or similiar techniques).  So my assumption is I can get these two environments to co-exist happy on my developer machine (which is Windows XP Media Center 2005 with SQL Server 2000 developer edition and SQL Server 2005 express edition, plus IIS running as localhost).

I get the following error message when launching DotNetNuke 4 for the 1st time.
I have it set to use the older legacy SQL server 2000 localhost database and run DNN 4.  When it begins to startup DNN4 I get this error message.

Server Error in '/DotNetNuke' Application.

Configuration Error
Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: Unrecognized configuration section 'connectionStrings'

Source Error:

Line 15:     </sectionGroup>
Line 16:   </configSections>
Line 17:   <connectionStrings>
Line 18:   <!-- Connection String for SQL Server 2005 Express
Line 19:   <add

Source File: c:\DotNetNuke\web.config    Line: 17

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2032; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2032


I noticed it didn't like the "connectionStrings" label but also noticed it was using Framework 1.1 instead of Framework 2.0 like I imagined it would.   Maybe only framework 2 recognized that label.  But why is it using framework 1.1.?  I thought only DNN 3.2.0 would use that framework and DNN 4 would use the new improved framework 2.0?

Thanks in advance for any thoughts or solutions you can offer!

Kevin Donahoe
CEO, Architect, and .Net Developer
12/3/2005 5:57:53 PM 5241 articles. 0 followers. Follow

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Both v1.1 and v2.0 can run on the same machine. You just need to ensure that you have the properties for each of the applications, dnn v3.2, and dnn v4.0 defined to use the .net version you want it to run.

In your case it would seem that you don't have iis configured properly, or the web.config is not correctly changed for the sql version and other connection string properties.

I'd start with looking at iis, though.

Mission, KS - USA
12/4/2005 4:20:38 PM

Yes,  things to appear to co-exist nicely.

I found out that if I go into "manage my IIS" it had a tab called "ASP.Net" and I could set which framework I wanted localhost to use 1.1 or 2.0.  Then the other thing I needed to realize was that for some reason the DNN 4 source had no *dlls in the bin directory.  I copied them from the install into the source for DNN4 I it launched o.k. using SQL 2000 to 2005 connection string.

The only real thing that didn't co-exist so nicely was Office 2003 Business Contact Manager but I unstalled that I just used the regular Outlook 2003 for my contacts.

Thanks for your thoughts to help get this working!!!

Kevin Donahoe
CEO, Architect, and .Net Developer
12/4/2005 5:24:25 PM

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