64 bit IIS manager,32 bit worker process and root web.config settings

The IIS 7 manager provides a UI for almost all sections for the web.config. It does simplify things for administrators but I have seen a couple of cases where this has lead to interesting problems. Let us consider the Machine Key feature that the IIS 7 manager provides. It is well known that when you…

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ASP.NET Debugger Extension – Manual Install / Uninstall

In case you have problems with the setup files for ASP.NET Debugger Extension you can manually install the module. FILES ADE.dll This is the main module that loads in IIS Location : GAC ADEWOWHelper.exe This is a helper exe that is used in x64 environments to support WOW worker processes Location : system32\inetsrv MdbgCore.dll This…

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ASP.NET Debugger Extension – Trace Process for Debug Events

With ASP.NET Debugger Extension you can also trace the process for events. This is actually a wrapper around the MdbgEngine (mdbgcore.dll) options to interrupt a process when an event occurs. You can use it to trace exceptions / module loads etc. For example below we are tracing for exceptions. Every time an exceptions occurs you…

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ASP.NET Debugger Extension – Find Debug Modules

ASP.NET Debugger Extension has an useful feature to find modules that are built in debug mode. You start by selecting a website, ADE then scans all the folders under that website to figure out the modules that are built in debug mode. Debug modules should usually not be deployed on production servers as the code…

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ASP.NET Debugger Extension – Callstack Viewer

I recently created an ASP.NET Debugger Extension for IIS 7 that you can use to troubleshoot issues that would usually involve taking a memory dump of the process. One of the features in this extension is the ability to get a managed stack trace of all the threads in the worker process that are running…

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ASP.NET Debugger Extension for IIS 7

Just finished writing an extension for IIS 7 that will provide advanced debugging features for IIS worker processes running managed code. It basically does three things 1. Find Debug Modules This feature will help you scan your website content to spot modules that have been built in debug mode. 2. Callstack Viewer This feature will…

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IIS 7 FTPS module does not pick up the Firewall IP and Data Port Range settings.

I have seen at least 5 separate instances where users have complained that the FTP 7 module that ships for IIS 7 does not honor the “Data Channel Port Range” and the “External IP Address of Firewall” settings. Whenever you make a change to this setting you need to restart the FTP service for the…

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SSL Diagnostics Tool for IIS 7

The SSL Diagnostics tool is a very useful tool for troubleshooting SSL issues.  It generates a detailed report of SSL settings for all the websites on an IIS server which helps in quickly identifying SSL issues. But the tool was built for IIS 5 and 6, there is no version available which is compatible with…

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FTP Service 7.5 for IIS 7.0 can be installed only on Windows Server 2008

On Windows 2008 RTM (SP1) you would install the FTP 7.5 Out Of Band module from http://www.iis.net/extensions/ftp. But when you try to install it on Windows 2008 R2 you will get the following error. This version of the operating system is not supported. FTP Service 7.5 for IIS 7.0 can be installed only on Windows…

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You must use the Role Management Tool to install or configure Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

While trying to install Visual Studio 2008 on a Windows 2008 R2 machine you may get the following error. This is because Windows 2008 R2 ships with the .NET 3.5.1 framework. You just need to enable the feature from Server Manager. So before starting the Visual Studio 2008 Setup install the .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features…

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