I recently came across this error after I installed SharePoint Server 2010 at a client. After the installation, I needed to open the Central Administration page to start configuring the farm. This error was displayed on the screen where Central Admin was supposed to be.
I will list all the possible fixes that can be done in this scenario.
- I used the “ULS viewer” tool which is a free download to monitor the real-time feed. No errors pertaining to the issue was displayed.
- The most logical place to go to is IIS. Here I noticed that the Central Administration Application Pool was stopped. I restarted the application pool and tried to open Central Administration again. The same screen was displayed. I returned to the IIS screen and did a refresh. To my surprise the application pool was stopped again.
- Sometimes this happens when the User account running the application pool’s password was changed. This is not the case in my scenario. If however this is the case in your scenario, you can update the user name and password by right clicking on the application pool, clicking Advanced settings and re-entering the credentials in the Identity field.
- I then proceeded to re-register the user using the aspnet_regiis -ga domain\username for reregistering the user and setting the correct permissions. To do this, open the Command Prompt as Administrator, navigate to C:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\Framework\[Version] and execute the command. This did not work either.
- The last fix I tried was perhaps AD related. Perhaps the Local Security settings had been modified domain wide so that only one specific account had Allow Batch Logon rights. Perhaps the SP Farm account, which is the account that runs the app pools, should be added to the Allow Batch logon rights if it isn’t already there. I applied the rights to the SP Farm account and this resolved the issue completely.
Should you come across this error, try the fixes in the above order. Hopefully on of these will resolve your problem.