Calling Web Services from Silverlight using IIS 7.0 and ARR

During this PDC I attended Ian’s presentation about WPF and Silverlight where he demonstrated the high degree of compatibility that can be achieved between a WPF desktop application and a Silverlight application. One of the differences that he demonstrated was when your application consumed Web Services since Silverlight applications execute in a sandboxed environment they…

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Creating a Setup Project for IIS Extensions using Visual Studio 2008

IntroductionIIS 7 provides a rich extensibility model, whether extending the server or the user interface, one critical thing is provide a simple setup application that can install all the required files, add any registration information required, and modify the server settings as required by the extension. Visual Studio 2008 provides a set of project types…

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Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta Released

Today we are releasing a new Web Site at http://www.microsoft.com/web/ where users can get a one stop shop for learning about the Microsoft Web Platform. This is part of a bigger effort to make it easier to get started with building and running Web Applications on Windows and IIS. As part of this a new…

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Using IIS Manager Users Authentication in your Web Application

Today in the IIS.NET Forums a question was asked if it was possible to use the same IIS Manager Users authentication in the context of a Web Application so that you could have say something like WebDAV using the same credentials as you use when using IIS Manager Remote Administration. The IIS Manager Remote Administration…

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Modifying IIS 7.0 Administration.config using Javascript and AHADMIN

AHADMIN is the COM API that IIS 7.0 uses for reading and writing its configuration system. One of the not so well known features is that you can also use the same API to manage Administration.config by calling the SetMetadata method and specifying that you will be targeting Administration.config. What this ends up doing is…

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"EXCEL.EXE is not a valid Win32 application" problem in Windows Vista

Every now and then after leaving my computer running for several weeks I would get a weird error message when trying to launch Excel saying something like: C:\PROGRA~1\MICROS~1\Office12\EXCEL.EXE is not a valid Win32 application. or This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set…

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IIS 7.0 and URL Rewrite, make your Web Site SEO

In the past few days I’ve been reading a bit about SEO and trying to understand more about what makes a Web Site be SEO (Search-Engine-Optimized) and what are some of the typical headaches when trying to achieve that as well as how we can implement them in IIS. Today I decided to post how…

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Configuring SSL using Javascript in IIS 7.0

In IIS 7.0 the configuration system has a nice feature that lets you extend it using what we sometimes refer as dynamic properties. This properties rather than being hard-coded in XML in some .config file they are implemented by COM interface that whenever a tool queries its value, the configuration system will create an instance…

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Application Request Routing and the IIS 7.0 Web Management Service

Yesterday I was having a conversation with Anil Ruia who happens to be the ARR (Application Request Routing) developer and based on customer feedback we discussed the idea of using ARR in the context of Remote Management in IIS which solves a question that several people asked me before and thought it would be fun…

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Back again

For the past month its been pretty quiet in my blog since I have been a little bit busy with the best thing that has happened in my life, my first baby Sofia was borne and today we are celebrating her first month. Days have been incredibly full of love, fun and joy (but certainly…

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