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Showing the real error message in SharePoint

It seems like a lot of those questions still are popping up on forums, even though Bing & Google bring you right to it. Instead of pointing those people to other blogs, I might as well point them to this nice blog 🙂

There are two settings in your web.config you need to change to enable custom errors. This web.config is located in c:\inetpub\wwwroot\VirtualDirectories. In that folder you have 2 possible foldernames: foldernames with a number and foldernames with a name. If you are using hostnames then the web.config file you are looking for is containt in the <hostname> folder. If you are not using hostnames, the name of the folder corresponds to the port your web application is running on.

Open the web.config and look for the CallStack=”false” attribute. Put it to true.
Then search for the CustomErrors=”on” tag and change it to off.

Once those two actions are done you will see a more detailed error message.

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