How to export IIS .config and .key files at the command line

Handy for a batch maintenance operation a customer had to run on a few hundreds servers: they basically needed to do what’s described in this article but in a script rather than from the IIS GUI. From Shared Configuration (Appendix 3): By default, IIS includes two main providers for securing properties. These providers are located…

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Error 502 – Web server received an invalid response while acting as a gateway or proxy server

I saw this error some time ago while working on an eCommerce solution. When the Web server (while acting as a gateway or proxy) contacted the upstream content server, it received an invalid response from the content server. Redirect/move happens like it should, but after approximatively 2 minutes after posting an order the user receives…

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Moving to Windows 2008: smartcard slow performance?

Suppose you have a web application which authenticates clients through a smartcard certificate and everything is working fine, then you decide to move your web application to Windows Server 2008 (which is a good decision in many ways ) but your users are suddenly complaining about slow performance, pages are loading slower than they used…

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Sometimes they come back

Stephen King fans like me for sure know Night Shift, a collection of 19 short stories I first read almost (oh, my…) almost 20 years ago. In Italian the title of this collection has been translated as “A volte ritornano” which literally means Sometimes they come back. This is exactly what I thought yesterday when…

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IDEVDataCollector adds IIS6 support

It took me some time (mostly because of other demanding tasks and commitments I have for my daily job) but finally I have just updated IDEVDataCollector to support IIS 6, it’s available at the tool main page: http://blogs.msdn.com/carloc/pages/idevdatacollector.aspx. Give it a try and let me know what you think P.s. Yes, I’m planning to release…

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Which files to collect? Here’s a tool for you

Over the last couple of months among other things I’ve been working on a tool to automatically the logs and information in my team we usually ask at the beginning of a new Support Call: all standard things such as IIS logs, event logs, .config files etc… Not all of those files are necessary for…

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Missing ASP.NET Tab (this time on Windows 2000)

I already wrote a post on this matter some time ago, but this week worked on the same problem on a Windows 2000 Server, of course 32 bit. Running aspnet_regiis -i did not help so we tried to run the script Tom provides in his post, but we got the error here below:   Line…

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ASP.NET 1.1 not configurable in IIS Manager?

If you search the Internet you’ll likely find a good number of articles and blog posts about how to configure ASP.NET 1.1 on IIS 7, here are a couple of good examples: How to install ASP.NET 1.1 with IIS7 on Vista and Windows 2008 Workaround: Running ASP.NET 1.1 on Vista SP2/WS08 SP2 Thread: Running ASP.NET…

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Three errors, one cause: me!

A few days ago I was working on a repro I got from a customer as I very often do, and for some reason after a while my IIS started to behave oddly, pages where not served, the application pool was stuck doing “something” and whenever I tried to open the IIS Manager I got…

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IIS logs around midnight

Recently I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine about IIS logging: basically he configured his web server to create a new log every day and then wanted to use a third party tool to extract some statistics and graphics from the logs. Unfortunately the tool often has troubles and gets weird results…

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