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Server Application Unavailable, no event log, .NET 2

A perplexing error while setting up my new system:

Server Application Unavailable

The web application you are attempting to access on this web server is currently unavailable.

Please hit the “Refresh” button in your web browser to retry your request.

Administrator Note: An error message detailing the cause of this specific request failure can be found in the system event log of the web server. Please review this log entry to discover what caused this error to occur.

The web leads me far astray. I did not have anything in the event log.

The solution? Give MACHINE/ASPNET permission to my project. I found this a LOT faster by switching to .NET 1.1 in IIS, and that gave a much more useful error message. I guess “Server Application Unavailable” is .NET 2’s way of crapping its pants.