WordPress “Unable to create directory”

I am not sure if this is an IIS 7.5, Security/Permissions, PHP, Windows 2008 R2 or WordPress Issue.  However recently after moving from IIS6 one Windows 2003 to a new Windows 2008 R2 server I could not upload images to WordPress.

I usually use Windows Live Writer and I was getting  an error like “…has failed to upload due to an error” and “Unable to create directory”.

When I went to the admin interface and tried to upload a file through the Media I would get an error about the directory “Unable to create directory … Is its parent directory writable by the server?”.

I checked and rechecked the permissions.  I also made sure the entire directory was NOT read-only.

By happenstance I decided to give the group Everyone FULL ACCESS to the directory.  Then I could finally upload the files.

I then removed this access and I still could upload files.  It is really bad security to leave EVERYONE with FULL or even read/write access.

I’m not sure if these permissions will stick after a server restart but hopefully all is well now.


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