How to Troubleshoot a bad Upgrade - The Fix!
Happy US Thanksgiving and a great Black Friday to all As Canadians we enjoy the same sales hoopla you see on Black Friday, so thanks! - Now down to the fix!
Some of the more persistent problems are very tricky to address. Microsoft has a good troubleshooting advisor that goes through a multitude of things that can be done to solve the problem. With all the troubleshooting I did, I narrowed it down to being a DotNet 3 or 4 issue within IIS that was actually causing my problem.
I worked through many solutions presented on the forums to correct this issue and in the end the Microsoft Troubleshooter gave the best option, not the option I wanted however. In the end, my virtual machine was simply a test and completely Resetting the PC was the only solution I could perform to clear out IIS. I did everything I could and every time, whether inside the PC itself our during the upgrade, it would always roll back. If this would have been a production support machine:
a) I would not have installed non supported software - stay away from iffy Software!
b) Make a restore point prior to installing any software - get in the habit
c) if you get in this spot - consider engaging professional support - Chances are Microsoft Technical support with IIS/DotNet could have reversed my problem
d) Don't be afraid to toss in the towel and start from scratch - even if its a production machine. Chances that your machine is in an unsupportable state by the time you are done repairing is real. Just don't make the same mistake twice!
Have a great weekend and an awesome push into the Christmas Season!