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Article ID: 129385, created on Sep 9, 2016, last review on Sep 9, 2016

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  • Operations Automation


Task Delete virtual directory fails with the following output:

Output: Destination host 'winweb01.domain.tld' (#123), IP '' : Provisioning request failed. The system cannot find the path specified. [<response><errorContext description="Unable to delete object IIS://winweb01.domain.tld/W3SVC/yyyyy/root/domain1.tld domain1.tld 0x80070003: The system cannot find the path specified." code="0x80070003" executeSeqNo="2"><errorSource namespace="IIS Provider" procedure="Delete"/></errorContext></response>]

Another task has already performed this operation and it was successful:

14376710    Delete virtual directory 'domain1.tld' (dir_id=12345) from virtual web server zzzzz on host 'winweb01.domain.tld' (host_id=123).    June 03, 2016 21:21:37  June 03, 2016 21:21:56  domain_service654321        Successful

Both failed task and successful task are equal in their parameters.


Most likely the directory has already been removed by another task.


  1. Trace the MPS/WPE logs to check what actions are done during the task execution
  2. Go to the affected Windows Shared Hosting server and recreate the virtual directory exactly with the same properties, so OA can delete it gracefully.

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