Monthly Archives: March 2011

Configure IIS Website with SSL

To secure your website you can use SSL and certificates. In this post I will explain in detail how to setup your site to use a certificate, including the details of installing your own Certification Authority. Finally I will show you some C# code to work with certificates.

Part 1 will show you how to install the Certificate Authority on a Windows 2003 machine, part 2 is about creating a new website,
part 3
shows how to request a webserver certificate,
part 4 shows you how to send the request to the Certification Authority,
part 5
shows you how the CA processes the request,
part 6
shows you how to download and install the certificate on the website, 
part 7
shows you how to create a virtual folder.
Part 8 shows you how to test ths site together with some coding examples in C#.

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Enable the ASP.NET page again

asp.net.logoSometimes your ASP.NET tab disappears in the IIS manager. To show this tab again follow the steps below.

Steps involved

  1. Stop the IIS Admin service (and any services that depend on it)
  2. Open C:WINDOWSsystem32inetsrvMetaBase.xml in notepad or your favorite XML Editor. DELETE the line that reads ‘Enable32BitAppOnWin64=”TRUE”‘
  3. Start -> Run -> iisreset
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SoapUI and WCF Service testing

Test with SoapUI: modify the generated web.config

soapUI_header_logoThe web.config that is create when you create a new WCF service application does not work with SoapUI. Retrieving the WSDL will work fine but when you execute a operation on the service the following message will appear:

A solution to this problem (at least for testing purposes) is to add a custom wsHttpBinding. Create a new WCF Service application C# project. Delete all text from the web.config and add replace it with the markup below.

Important to note is that we have a custom wsHttpBinding with the security mode set to “None”. This is necessary for SoapUI to work with this service!

Now you have to create a new SoapUI project. Point it to the ?wsdl for this services and the project is created with a default request for all operations. Open the first request and press the WS-A button (on the bottom of the request editor). Check “Enable WS-A addressing”, “Add default wsa:Action” and “Add default wsa:To”.

Now execute the request and you get a proper response!

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