IIS7 deployment – duplicate ‘system.web.extensions/scripting/scriptResourceHandler’ section


On attempting to deploy a .net 3.5 website on the default app pool in IIS7 having the framework section set to 4.0, I get the following error.

There is a duplicate
'system.web.extensions/scripting/scriptResourceHandler' section

Commenting off the offending lines didn't help either. Any pointers on what I need to do or look at?

Best Solution

If your plan is to deploy to an IIS that has an Application Pool running in .net 4.0 you will need to cleanup the web.config that includes all the section Definitions that point to .net 3.5. The reason this fails is because these section definitions are already included in the root web.config in .NET 4.0 (see %windir%\microsoft.net\framework\v4.0.30319\config\machine.config) that include all the system.web.extensions declared already.

Another quick fix is to have the application pool set to 2.0 just as your development machine appears to have,.