Where is ASP.NET 4.5 …wait Where is .NET 4.5 ?

When .NET 3.5 was released a lot of people wondered why ASP.NET 3.5 wouldn’t show up in IIS. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vijaysk/archive/2008/03/20/running-asp-net-3-5-on-iis.aspx Well with .NET 4.5 you might be a bit more confused… So first .NET 4.5 will not show up in IIS But now if you check the Microsoft.NET framework folder you will see that you will…

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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 Tip # 10 You can generate machine keys from the IIS manager

The machineKey element of the ASP.NET web.config specifies the algorithm and keys that ASP.NET will use for encryption. By default the validationKey and the decryptionKey keys are set to AutoGenerate which means the runtime will generate a random key for use. This works fine for applications that are deployed on a single server. When you…

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Caution while xcopying IIS 7.0 config files

Metabase.xml is the central store where IIS 6.0 stores most of its configuration information. Its a plain text file and stores all the information in a simple XML format. The XML format naturally raised a notion of being able to XCOPY the config file to another server and transferring the settings with it. But if…

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WebBaseEvent.Raise method fails in Application_Start event with a NullReferenceException on IIS 7.0

If you implement custom health monitoring events in ASP.NET chances are that you should have worked with WebBaseEvent or WebErrorEvent classes and used the WebBaseEvent.Raise() method to fire those events. Recently an interesting issue related to this WebBaseEvent.Raise() was brought to my notice. Suppose you have a custom event class something likepublic class MyWebBaseEvent :…

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