SP2010 seeing more than “An unexpected error has occurred”

Anybody who works with SharePoint has seen the following “Awesome” message…

An unexpected error has occurred

There’s more detail to be had with a simple tweak of the web.config in both MOSS SharePoint 2007 and SP2010.

Navigate to your virtualdirectory, typically here: c:inetpubwwwrootwssVirtualDirectories and then to the folder for your web application.

Opening the web.config in Notepad++ or any other editor and search for the following tags (there is only one of each):

  • CustomErrors
  • CallStack

Note: change them to the below:

  • CustomErrors=”Off”
  • CallStack=”true”