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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IIS 7 Tip # 11 You can restrict SSL to only the Control Channel on FTPS

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) has been around even before I was born 🙂 It is a good protocol for transferring files across the network but has one major flaw. If you use authentication it sends the password in a Base64 encoded format over the wire. If someone intercepts this he/she can easily decode the…

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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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IIS 7 Tip # 9 Set Application Pool Defaults…

When ever you create a new application pool IIS only asks you for four things 1. Name, 2. .NET Framework version, 3. Managed pipeline mode and 4. Weather to start the application pool immediately What about the remaining advanced settings like the identity that application pool has to run under? The application pool inherits the…

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