Meanwhile I created a new site based on the Company Inspiration template, deleted and created pages, copied text content from the old site, and moved/added documents/images. It was bearable, not too many items this time. The recent problems are gone.
Good to know that adding master pages and themes is just as easy as I hoped. I'll take advantage of that on the next opportunity.
Still, I could use some help on getting the site authentication set up properly.
I should add that my .NET programming skills are a bit rusty these days with lots of management tasks, so I might have missed something obvious.
Anyway, both IE 8 and Firefox 3.5.2 quite often shows pages without styles, or just "HTTP Error 401.3 - Unauthorized". A page refresh usually does the trick, but all this is quite annoying over time.
Using your updated Vista Installation Guide
as a checklist, I find a few setup differences that might have caused some minor trouble that I have had with both version 3.6 and 3.7.
I use DefaultAppPool for this application, with default settings, meaning that Identity is set to NetworkService. Other applications that are developed on the same computer are using NetworkService, and we'd like to keep it like that if possible. (of course, NetworkService has explicitly been set with create/modify rights to the app folder and database)
I also tried to change to Classic .NET AppPool (also with default settings), but I noticed no different behavior after restarting the site.
Otherwise, all should be according to your setup document. But I guess I have missed something...
"Remember me" for /sitefinity login has never worked for me, always asks.
- Without Windows authentication: 401.3 with IE, and no styles with Firefox.
- With Windows authentication: Forefox with 3 modal authentication dialogs (can't log in), cancel all displays page with no styles again. IE works OK except need for a few refresh now and then, especially during login.
(Yes, with IIS Manager Alert: "Challenge based and login redirect-based authentication cannot be used simultaneously". Don't know which one is winning here..)
Would appreciate any help.