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Error: Server Context creation failed on machine xxx. Access to output directory is denied

Error Message

When starting a server object the following error appears:

"Server Context creation failed on machine xxx. Access to output directory is denied."

Cause

The ArcGIS Server Object Container Account must have write permissions to the virtual directory.

The following is a sample directory: c:\inetpub\wwwroot\temp

Solution or Workaround

Follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click on the virtual directory, for example: c:\inetpub\wwwroot\temp

    Select the Properties > Security tab.
  2. Add the ArcGIS Server Object Container Account and give it write permissions, so that it can read/write images.
  3. Click OK to close the Properties dialog.