I am trying to run a login sample, so in "Web Site Administration Tool" i clicked "Use the security Setup Wizard to configure security step by step." and got this famous error: An error was encountere

After this i have the lengthy description of the rror

The following message may help in diagnosing the problem: Specified argument was out of the range of valid values. Parameter name: site at System.Web.Configuration.WebConfigurationHost.InitForConfiguration(String& locationSubPath, String& configPath, String& locationConfigPath, IInternalConfigRoot configRoot, Object[] hostInitConfigurationParams) at System.Configuration.Configuration..ctor(String locationSubPath, Type typeConfigHost, Object[] hostInitConfigurationParams) at System.Configuration.Internal.InternalConfigConfigurationFactory.System.Configuration.Internal.IInternalConfigConfigurationFactory.Create(Type typeConfigHost, Object[] hostInitConfigurationParams) at System.Web.Configuration.WebConfigurationHost.OpenConfiguration(WebLevel webLevel, ConfigurationFileMap fileMap, VirtualPath path, String site, String locationSubPath, String server, String userName, String password, IntPtr tokenHandle) at System.Web.Configuration.WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfigurationImpl(WebLevel webLevel, ConfigurationFileMap fileMap, String path, String site, String locationSubPath, String server, String userName, String password, IntPtr userToken) at System.Web.Configuration.WebConfigurationManager.OpenMappedWebConfiguration(WebConfigurationFileMap fileMap, String path) at System.Web.Administration.WebAdminPage.OpenWebConfiguration(String path, String appPhysPath, Boolean getWebConfigForSubDir) at System.Web.Administration.WebAdminPage.OpenWebConfiguration(String path, Boolean getWebConfigForSubDir) at ASP.security_wizard_wizardpermission_ascx.BindGrid() at ASP.security_wizard_wizardpermission_ascx.Page_Load() at System.Web.Util.CalliHelper.ArglessFunctionCaller(IntPtr fp, Object o) at System.Web.Util.CalliEventHandlerDelegateProxy.Callback(Object sender, EventArgs e) at System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e) at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive() at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

 Just wondering if anyone found a solution to this, please can help me.


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Hi fzaynoun,

It appears that you have set incorrect value in the web.config file. Could you paste the content of the file?

"Specified argument was out of the range of valid values."

The exception that is thrown when the value of an argument is outside the allowable range of values as defined by the invoked method.

You can look at here for more details:


Zhao Ji Ma
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1/21/2008 10:08:04 AM

It was related to the same idea in http://forums.asp.net/t/1207168.aspx, i mean when i choosed filesystem in open website dialog box, and started the website administration interface everything was allright, i guess the error is related somehow to the integrated security, however i can't undertand why some pages open right and others not, i mean i can even create users, edit ... just the roles i can't manage them and also the security wizard ....


1/21/2008 9:59:37 PM

Hi Ji Ma,

I am trying to run ASP.NET web sites and run the Web Configuration Tool without SQL Express, dropping and adding the "LocalSql Server" name and pointing it to a SQL 2005 database that I set up for app services with the aspnet_regsql.exe tool... as per Scott Guthrie's article - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa479307.aspx.

Everything works fine when I start the tool. I can add users, roles and rules, but I cannot access the Security Wizard. It gives me the famous error fzaynoun detailed.

The error seems points to the WebAdminPage.cs in the App_Code directory of the ASP.NETWebAdminFiles, to a function named: 

  OpenWebConfiguration(string path, string appPhysPath, bool getWebConfigForSubDir)  - which has three overrides and which I believe is the source for the "site" parameter causing the ArgumentOutOfRange exception. Instead of hacking around this code which I don't know too much about I wondered if you have ever come accross this problem with people configuring a SQL Server 2005 database for app services instead of running SQL EXpress.

Any response would be greatly appreciated.


Here is the content of my web.config file.

Thank you, gzuehlke



?xml version="1.0"?>




            <add name="AdvancedAspnet" connectionString="Data Source=ZWEB-DC1;Initial Catalog=AdvancedAspnet;Integrated Security=true" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/>

            <remove name="LocalSqlServer"/>

            <add name="LocalSqlServer" connectionString="Data Source=ZWEB-DC1;Initial Catalog=AdvancedAspnet;Integrated Security=true" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"/></connectionStrings>



<compilation debug="true" />

<authentication mode="Windows" />





11/10/2008 9:29:06 PM

sorry about the double post.

11/10/2008 9:29:14 PM

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