Scott Forsyth's Blog Posts

Feb 20, 2011

Today’s video post is an intro to URL Rewrite and the start of a few lessons on this powerful tool.  Additionally I cover how to rewrite URLs to add the www to the domain name for the sake of search engine optimization (SEO...

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Feb 12, 2011

At first glance, the Host Header field is grayed out when applying host headers to SSL (HTTPS) sites in IIS 7. This week I cover a trick plus a full featured way to set these host headers in IIS 7.0/7.5 and IIS 6.  If you...

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Feb 05, 2011

We have a chicken before the egg issue with HTTPS bindings.  This video—week 6 of a 52 week series for the web administrator—covers why HTTPS bindings don’t support host headers the same as HTTP bindings do.  In this...

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Jan 29, 2011

Internet Information Services (IIS) uses 4 decision points for the site bindings.  They are the protocol, port, IP and host header.  This video lesson walks through the bindings and shows how each one is used. This is...

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Dec 14, 2010

AppCmd.exe and Configuration Editor are very useful tools for IIS 7.x administrators.  Today I had a situation come up where I wanted to script the install an httpModule that would work in IIS7.x Classic mode.  It wasn...

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Oct 26, 2010

While troubleshooting an intermittent performance issue recently, the question came up: “What does the Failed Requests” counter in the Monitoring and Management feature in Application Request Routing (ARR) mean?” For example,...

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Jul 29, 2010

For years I’ve wanted to be able to troubleshoot website remotely by seeing the detailed error report, while ensuring that other users on the web only see the friendly non-detailed error. This is now possible with URL Rewrite...

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Jul 08, 2010

The news of WebMatrix was just released, causing a lot of interest in the tech community.  See Scott Guthrie’s blog post for details on WebMatrix, IIS Express, SQL Server Compact and the Razor syntax. The nice thing about...

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Jun 04, 2010

Visual Studio doesn’t have IntelliSense support for URL Rewrite by default.  This isn’t a show stopper since it doesn’t result in stop errors. However, it’s nice to have full IntelliSense support and to get rid of the warnings...

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May 26, 2010

I believe I have it … I’ve been meaning to put together the ultimate outgoing rule for hosting multiple domains under one site.  I finally sat down this week and setup a few test cases, and created one rule to rule them all...

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Apr 20, 2010

URL Rewrite is a powerful URL rewriting tool available for IIS7 and newer.  Your rewriting options are almost unlimited, giving you the ability to optimize URLs for search engine optimization (SEO), support multiple domain...

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Mar 30, 2010

Application Request Routing (ARR) is a reverse proxy plug-in for IIS7+ that does many things, including functioning as a load balancer.  For this post, I’m assuming that you already have an understanding of ARR.  Today...

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