WS-Fed: Server Error in '/SecureAuthX' Application.  The resource cannot be found. 

    Applies to:
  • Legacy SecureAuth IdP
Deployment model:
  • On Premises
  • SecureAuth IdP Version Affected:  All



    The error: "Server Error in '/SecureAuthX' Application.  The resource cannot be found." is received when trying to see the FederationMetaData on a realm that is configured for Windows SSO (WinSSO) e.g.:

    If the realm is configured to use FBA (Forms Based Authentication) the above error is not seen and the XML is retrievable.



    WinSSO realms usually have User Impersonation enabled.  The virtual path to /FederationMetadata/2007-06/ will inherit the impersonation setting from the root of the realms virtual directory in IIS.




    When WinSSO is enabled on a realm, it is necessary to disable impersonation for the Federation metadata XML virtual path:  FederationMetadata/2007-06

    1. Click on the System Info tab | Edit Web Config or alternatively decrypt the realm and edit with a text editor.

    2. Insert the following XML within the section for FederationMetadata/2007-06:

      <identity impersonate="false" />


    It should look like this when complete:

    3. Save the changes


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