System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException at System.Web.HttpCachePolicy.UtcSetLastModified (DateTime utcDate)

I spent most of yesterday configuring a server, then delving into the aforementioned error with a few other devs. Here is basically what we did to figure it out, and what the cause was.

The error

The day started by setting up a new server, and getting our ASP.NET application up and running. At first, the error wasn’t apparent. It was when we started seeing javascript errors on different pages. It looked as though one javascript includes was causing the error, /WebResource.axd?d=KadOK03KouGAGUGwjTWw4w2&t=633707613869062500.

When pulling up the included javascript file directly in the browser, the full error was seen.

       Type : System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException, mscorlib, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
       Message : Specified argument was out of the range of valid values.
Parameter name: utcDate
       Source : System.Web
       Help link :
       ActualValue :
       ParamName : utcDate
       Data : System.Collections.ListDictionaryInternal
       TargetSite : Void UtcSetLastModified(System.DateTime)
       Stack Trace :    at System.Web.HttpCachePolicy.UtcSetLastModified(DateTime utcDate)
          at System.Web.Handlers.AssemblyResourceLoader.System.Web.IHttpHandler.ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)
          at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()
          at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)

The problem

Google quickly helped me figured out what was causing it, some assemblies were dated in the future.

I was a little confused as to why though. I looked at the timestamp portion of the request, to see what its value was, /WebResource.axd?d=KadOK03KouGAGUGwjTWw4w2&t=633707613869062500.

PS C:\> new-object DateTime 633707613869062500

Friday, February 20, 2009 9:16:26 PM

PS C:\> [DateTime]::Now

Friday, February 20, 2009 1:21:22 PM

So the assembly trying to be loaded is ~8 hours in the future, not good.

Who is causing the problem?

Now I know what the problem is, but looking through all the DLL’s for timestamp problems could take forever. Powershell to the rescue.

gci -recurse | where { $_.LastWriteTime -gt [DateTime]::Now }

I ran this on the application directory, then C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET, then C:\Windows\assemblies.

Bam. The problem was in C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET _and _C:\Windows\assemblies.

(Side note: Smarty pants Lamar showed this could be done with just Windows search and ordering by the date column.)

My first idea

Can I change the _LastWriteTime _of a file?

PS C:\> gi c:\ | get-member LastWriteTime

   TypeName: System.IO.DirectoryInfo

Name          MemberType Definition
----          ---------- ----------
LastWriteTime Property   System.DateTime LastWriteTime {get;set;}

Yes, there is a setter!

gci -recurse | 
  where { $_.LastWriteTime -gt [DateTime]::Now } | 
  %{ $_.LastWriteTime = [DateTime]::Now }

Well, that worked for C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET, but not C:\Windows\assemblies since all the DLLs in there are in use.

The final solution

Reinstall .NET framework, entirely. I know, you were expecting something amazing, and I failed you. Well, sorry. I was annoyed too, but it was the easiest way I could think accomplish the task. What is important is how I was able to use Powershell to test out different scenarios and possible solutions. If I would have had to write a command line program in Visual Studio to figure out what different timestamp values actually were, I wouldn’t have done it.

The other question you might have is why were times so off? Well, the server was a fresh install and the time wasn’t set properly for some reason. .NET was installed before checking the time that was set. This would have been fine, but the server was added to the AD domain, which quickly changed the time to the correct time.