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W2008R2 ADFS IIS : There was a problem accessing the site. Try to browse to the site again. [Solved]

This week I had an AD FS synchronization server with the error :

 

There was a problem accessing the site. Try to browse to the site again.

If the problem persists, contact the administrator of this site and provide the reference number to identify the problem.

Reference number: <GUID>

 

The ADFS proxy server was working fine so external users had no problem, intern users had this problem, so the error had to be on the internal ADFS servers IIS site.

 

Microsoft dedicated a page for this error, but all of these solutions didn’t solve my problem.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2713898/en-us

 

Solution:

  • Stop the internet services :

    NET STOP WAS

    The following services are dependent on the Windows Process Activation Service service.

    Stopping the Windows Process Activation Service service will also stop these services.

    World Wide Web Publishing Service

    Do you want to continue this operation? (Y/N) [N]: Y

  • Copy C:\inetpub\adfs folder from a correct working server to the server with the error.

Be sure to make a backup of your adfs folder !

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