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Pablo Rivera
Pablo Rivera

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Fix for IISExpress Cannot read configuration file redirection.config issue on VMWARE.

Issue: When trying to create a Visual Studio solution on VMWARE VM running on a Mac you get the following error:

IISExpress 8 Cannot read configuration file redirection.config

This thread provides some insight into the issue.

What's the problem?

When creating a new web solution, VS checks all the IIS config files. The process fails if it can't access it.


Turns out that VMWARE will map your host's Documents directory to Window's Documents directory. This means that VS cannot access the files.


  1. Turn off sharing the Documents directory on the host.
  2. Copy the Directory C:\Program Files\IIS Express.
  3. Paste it into %userprofile%\Documents
  4. Restart Visual Studio.

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