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European IIS 8.5 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Enable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS) on IIS

clock December 22, 2016 06:04 by author Scott

In this article, we will only show simple tutorial about how to enable and serve HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) response header in IIS.

Definition HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a web security policy mechanism which is necessary to protect secure HTTPS websites against downgrade attacks, and which greatly simplifies protection against cookie hijacking.

HSTS improves security and prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, downgrade attacks, and cookie-hijacking.

It allows web servers to declare that web browsers (or other complying user agents) should only interact with it using secure HTTPS connections, and never via the insecure HTTP protocol. HSTS is an IETF standards track protocol and is specified in RFC 6797.

The HSTS Policy is communicated by the server to the user agent via an HTTP response header field named Strict-Transport-Security. HSTS Policy specifies a period of time during which the user agent should only access the server in a secure fashion.

Therefore, adding a HSTS header is important after you’ve added SSL to your WordPress website, so browsers automatically request your HTTPS address.

All you need to add to your web.configconfiguration file is an Outbound Rule, to rewrite request responses and sending the HTTP Strict Transport Security response header:

<outboundRules>
  <rule name="Add Strict-Transport-Security when HTTPS" enabled="true">
    <match serverVariable="RESPONSE_Strict_Transport_Security" pattern=".*" />
    <conditions>
      <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="on" ignoreCase="true" />
    </conditions>
    <action type="Rewrite" value="max-age=31536000" />
  </rule>
</outboundRules>

HSTS and includeSubdomains #

Do you have your SSL (TLS) certificate on your www. subdomain? Then you need to include it using includeSubdomains. The outboundRules rule then becomes:

<rule name="Add Strict-Transport-Security when HTTPS" enabled="true">
  <match serverVariable="RESPONSE_Strict_Transport_Security" pattern=".*" />
  <conditions>
    <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="on" ignoreCase="true" />
  </conditions>
  <action type="Rewrite" value="max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload" />
</rule>

HSTS header in WordPress functions.php #

You can set a HSTS header through your functions.php theme file as well. For this to happen, you can hook into the send_headers action.

Use the following code in your functions.php to send a HSTS header:

<?php
add_action( 'send_headers', 'saotn_add_hsts_header' );
function saotn_add_hsts_header() {
  header( 'Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload' );
}



European IIS Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Check Trace is Enabled on IIS Server

clock December 9, 2016 07:33 by author Scott

Trace \ Track is a vulnerability that is usually identified on an IIS server when we run PCI compliance and find this vulnerability. A hacker can run a Trace attack on IIS Website and get information about the Backend server and other important information.

In latest versions on IIS (IIS 6.0, 7.5) Trace is disabled by default but still it is good idea to make sure that Trace is disabled on IIS.

Testing if Trace \ Track is Enabled on a IIS website or not

Follow these steps :

1. Go to command Prompt of your Machine.
2. Type telnet <URL of the website> 80 (this will open a telnet session of that website on port 80)
3. Type following commands on the telnet session screen in exact same order: 

    TRACE / HTTP/1.0
    Host: <hostname_you_are_testing>
    TestA: Hello
    TestB: World


4. Press enter twice. 

If Trace is enabled on your server, you should see following results:

    HTTP/1.1 200 OK
    Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
    Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2016 08:17:15 GMT
    Content-Type: message/http
    Content-Length: 76 


And If you receive following results on the telnet screen, then Trace is enabled :

     HTTP/1.1 501 Not Implemented
    Content-Type: text/html
    Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5
    X-Powered-By: ASP.NET
    Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:32:58 GMT
    Content-Length: 1508


    Connection: close

Disabling Trace or Track on IIS

The easiest way to mitigate the risk of Trace \ Track on iis is  : installing URLScan from Microsoft, 
The urlscan.ini file is included as part of URLScan . This sets by default a configuration setting "UseAllowVerbs=1".  In this [AllowVerbs] section of the ini file, only http methods that are allowed are GET, HEAD, and POST so simply by installing URLScan on an IIS server , we can assume that it  protected from TRACE or TRACK.  

 



IIS 7.5 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Manage IIS with Appcmd?

clock August 31, 2016 21:01 by author Peter

In this tutorial, I will tell you about Manage IIS with Appcmd. What is Appcmd? The appcmd.exe is a single command, used to manage IIS 7 and above. It is used to manage the Server without using a graphical administration tool. The appcmd is located in C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv (%systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\) directory. By default, it will not add into environment variable. 

Key Features 

  • Creating and configuring the sites.
  • To list the running worker process.
  • Backup and restoring the site configuration.
  • Retrieve the information about the Application pools.

Object Types

  • List
  • Add
  • Delete
  • Set
  • Hide

Syntax

appcmd <objecttypes> <parameters>   

set path=%path%;%systemroot%\system32\inetsrv; //used to set the environment variable   

To list all the sites, use the command, given below:

appcmd list sites     

To get the details of a specific site binding and status (stopped/start), use the command, given below:

appcmd list site "Default web site"  

To list all the sites, which had been stopped, use the command, given below:

appcmd list sites /state:Stopped   

To add a new site, use the command, given below:

appcmd add site /name:"added using appcmd" /bindings:"http/*:81:localhost" /physicalPath:"D:\test"

To add an https binding to the site, use the command, given below:

appcmd set site /site.name:"added using appcmd" /+bindings.[protocol='https',bindingInformation='127.0.0.1:444:localhost']  

To list all the applications, use the command, given below:

Appcmd list app  


To change an application pool, use the command, given below:

appcmd set app "added using appcmd/app1" /applicationPool:appcmdpool  

To view the application pool details including the username and password of the app account, use the command, given below:

appcmd list apppool "MyAppPool" /text:*  

 

Backup

appcmd add backup   

appcmd add backup "locahostbkup"  

appcmd list backup   

appcmd delete backup "backup name"  

 

Restore

appcmd restore backup "locahostbkup "  

appcmd restored configuration from backup "locahostbkup"  

To view the list of the worker process, which will help us to attach the debugger in Visual Studio, use the command, given below:

appcmd list wps  

To view the list of the physical path, use the command, given below:

appcmd list vdirs /text:physicalPath   

To start and stop the sites, use the command, given below:

appcmd start site "Default web site"  

appcmd stop site "Default web site"

 

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IIS 7.5 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Deploy NopCommerce in IIS?

clock April 15, 2016 23:59 by author Anthony

In this article, I will explain about how to deploy nopcommerce in IIS. Those who don't know NopCommerce is open source free Online stores application(just like flipcart,ebay). It is built on ASP.NET MVC. There are many features in NopCommerce. NopCommerce also support wide range of plug-ins. You can create your own plug-ins also. You can found more details about nopcommerce at http://www.nopcommerce.com/

Deployment methods

You can Deploy NopCommerce in two way

  • Tools provided by NopCommerce(*.bat)
  • Using Visual studio.

First method is very easy to implement. Second method need some extra work.

It is always better idea to deploy production code in local IIS host before deploying it in live server. If your developing asp.net application in visual studio you will use IISExpress to run the application. Most of the time IISExpress may not show those error which will be shown by IIS. For example when i run the nopCommerce in visual studio it worked properly but when i deployed it in Local IIS i fond a unknown error "Could not load type 'System.ServiceModel.Activation.HttpModule......."

Deploying using NopCommerce tools

  • Assuming you already download NopCommerce with Source(At the time of writing this post nopCommerce_2.80_Source.rar is the latest version). You can download NopCommerce with source at http://www.nopcommerce.com/downloads.aspx
  • Extract nopCommerce_2.80_Source.rar at your desired location. I am using F:\DotNetProjects.
  • The extracted folder contains below items.

  • In that folder Prepare.bat, Deploy.bat are the deployment tool given by NopCommerce.
  • First Run prepate.bat it will display bunch of text in command prompt and finally Build success message.
  • Now Run Deploy.bat again it will show you bunch of text in command prompt and finally Build success message. If you observe a new folder called Deployable is created automatically. This is our production code we need to deploy in Live Server.
  • Before we deploy it in live server we will deploy it in local IIS. Now Just go to you iis manager.
  • Expand the items in your left sidebar. Right click on Default Web Site and select Add Application form the menu.
  • Enter details. Physical path field must be point to your Deployable folder.
  • Now open your broser and enter http://localhost/nop.
  • If there is no error it will redirect you to http://localhost/nop/install folder where you need to enter details like admin email,password, db connection details and click install.
  • If everything is ok NopCommerse Will install successfully.

    Error1:Could not load type 'System.ServiceModel.Activation.HttpModule' ... Problem Fix
    At step 10 in above process you may get this error.
    Could not load type 'System.ServiceModel.Activation.HttpModule' from assembly 'System.ServiceModel, Version=3.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089
  • Step By Step Deploy NopCommerce In Local IIS Server

  • If you got this error you can resolve it by using simple tool "aspnet_regiis.exe".
    Just go to C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319 (path may different for 32 bit pc)in your command prompt. Run the the tool like this. "aspnet_regiis.exe -iru" this will execute some command and the problem should fixed.

ERROR2:Setup failed: An error occurred while creating the database: CREATE DATABASE permission denied in database 'master'. error. fix
If you got this error there are different alternative you can fix this error. But I will explain most simple one only.

  • Run NopCommerce.sln under nopCommerce extracted folder(Refer step 2).
  • Run the NopCommerce Application (ctrl+f5). 3)It will prompt you to enter db details(refer step 11). Enter details as shown in step 11 and click install.
  • This time you wont face any problem (as i told earlier at beginning).
  • No go to F:\DotNetProjects\nopCommerce_2.80_Source\Presentation\Nop.Web\App_Data (may different in your pc) and copy InstalledPlugins.txt,Settings.txt to F:\DotNetProjects\nopCommerce_2.80_Source\Deployable\nop_2.80\App_Data(this is our Deployable folder)
  • Now Go to http://localhost/nop.

    If it asked for db details enter exact details you entered before.
  • Voila! you successfully installed NopCommerce.

Deploying nopCommerce using Visual Studio

  • Go back to your to Visual studio where you open nopCommerce solution and build the solution.
  • Right click on Nop.Web click publish.
  • This will prompt you through publish web wizard  Enter details like Publish Method:File System,Physical path
  • Now right click on Nop.Admin and publish with sub-directory as /Admin under same directory you selected in previous step.
  • copy all files you found under /admin/bin to /bin.
  • Now copy copy InstalledPlugins.txt,Settings.txt text to add_data folder(Just follow steps i explained in Errror2 section of this post).
  • That's it everything is great now.

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IIS 7.5 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Install SMTP Service?

clock April 13, 2016 23:12 by author Anthony

Today I will show you, how to install IIS 7.5 a SMTP service and securing it.  Often the applications we deploy have a requirement to send alerts or messages to end users via system generated e-mails. If you have a mail server, such as Microsoft Exchange, installed in the same environment this usually handles this functionality for you. However, if the application is a standalone application which will deployed into an environment where no e-mail services exist, you will either need to implement a mail server which might be overkill if you are just going to be sending alerts and system generated messages, or create an SMTP service on the application server. A simple way to get this done is to install the SMTP server feature that is part of Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as every version of Windows Server before that. Once installed you would need to configure the SMTP service, test it and secure it. Below are the steps to follow:

Step 1 – Install the SMTP Service

Open Server Manager and go to ‘Add Features’ and Select ‘SMTP Server’. If you do not have IIS installed the server will prompt you to ‘Add Role Services and Features Required for SMTP Server’

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Click ‘Next’ and the wizard will install the SMTP Server for you.


Step 2 – Set the SMTP Service to Automatic Start

By default Windows installs the service and sets it to manual start. If you restart the server at any time the SMTP service will not start automatically which will result in your application not being able to send any e-mail. Open the MMC Services Snap-In, Find the ‘Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)’ Service and double-click it.

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Set the ‘Start-Up Type’ to ‘Automatic’ Apply and close the window.

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Step 3 – Open IIS 6.0 Manager

You will note on Windows Server 2008 (& R2) that it will install two IIS Managers. The SMTP server is managed through IIS 6.0 and not IIS 7.5.

Step 4 – Add a new Mail Domain

You now need to configure the mail domain. Expand the virtual folders on the left pane and then right-click on the centre pane. Select ‘New’ and ‘Domain…"’

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Select the ‘Remote’ radio button and then click ‘Next’

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Type your domain name in the text box provided and click on ‘Finish’. Do not add the @ symbol as per the example below.

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Step 5 – Configure the New Domain

You now need to configure your new domain. Right-Click on the domain you have created and select ‘Properties’

Click on ‘Outbound Security’ and select your authentication type. In this example I am leaving the authentication to ‘Anonymous Access’ as I will lock down the server through limiting relay. Click ‘Ok’ and close all the domain windows.


Step 6 – Configure the SMTP Server

You now need to configure the SMTP Virtual Server. Right-click on the Virtual Server in the left pane and select ‘Properties’

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Select the ‘Access’ Tab and Click on ‘Authentication’. Your Authentication at this level must match the authentication set at the domain level as per Step 5. In this example Anonymous Access is our preferred method.

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Click on ‘Ok’ which will take you back to the previous window. Now click on ‘Relay’

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An ‘Open Relay’ is the greatest risk to your SMTP server as it could be used by SPAMMERS to send their malware and other unsolicited mail. We are going to restrict this server to only accept mail and relay it for the localhost on which the application resides.
Ensure the Radio Button which states ‘Only the list below’ is selected. Untick the box which states ‘Allow all computers that successfully authenticate to relay, regardless of the list above’. Click on ‘Add’ and in the window provided type in the IP address of your server. Once done click ‘OK’.

Your ‘Relay Restrictions’ dialogue box should now look like the one below.

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Click ‘Ok’. Your SMTP Server is now ready to send e-mail. You can click through the other configurations and change mail size limits and retry intervals etc. But by default the settings are good enough for this example.


Step 7 – Testing the SMTP Service

You can test the service using a Telnet session from the Command Line. Note that since Windows Server 2008 the Telnet Client is not part of the base install. You will need to install it using the ‘Add Features’ wizard as we did to install the SMTP Server in Step 1 above. If the server is situated behind a Firewall ensure that it will allow SMTP (TCP Port 25) outbound from your SMTP server.
Follow these steps as per http://support.microsoft.com/kb/153119
Open the Command Prompt and type ‘Telnet’ to start the Telnet client.
Type ‘set localecho’ hit enter and then type ‘open 127.0.0.1 25’ and hit Enter.

You will be presented with the SMTP Server Header.Now type ‘helo me’ note the single ‘l’ and hit Enter. The server will respond with Hello and the IP Address.
Now type ‘mail from:<yourname>@<yourdomain.com>’ and hit Enter. 
Now enter the address you want to send mail to by typing ‘rcpt to:<name>@<senddomain.com>.
Now type ‘Data’ and hit Enter.
Type ‘Subject:This is a test’ and hit Enter twice.
Type ‘Testing’ or anything else you want to send as body text and hit Enter.
type ‘.’ i.e. full stop and hit Enter.
Your mail should now be sent and should be received within standard e-mail timeframes.

 

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IIS 8.0 Hosting Germany - HostForLIFE.eu :: How To Access A Folder With No Default Document

clock October 31, 2015 01:02 by author Rebecca

In this post, I will tell you how to access a folder with no document in IIS. It's easy, just follow these steps:

Step 1

Create a folder called Original--IIS-Files

Step 2

Move all the files into folder Original-IIS-Files

Step 3

Navigate to your web server. By default, the Web Server will render the following message when the folder has no default documents.

And you're done! Simple, right?

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IIS 8.0 Hosting France - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Configure DNS Record for Sub Domain

clock October 16, 2015 11:34 by author Rebecca

In this article, I will tell you how to configure DNS record for sub domain.

Step 1

Open your domain control panel then go to DNS manager.

Step 2

Add following A records for domain.com and www.domain.com which point to IIS server IP address:

domain.com  IN A XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
www.domain.com  IN A XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX
service.domain.com IN A XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX

First two rows will ensure that whenever user browse domain.com or www.domain.com at that time it will be routed to IIS server and rest will be take care by IIS then it will serve public site. The third row in above is important for next step.

Step 3

Now add following wildcard CNAME record:

*.domain.com  IN CNAME service.domain.com

In above wildcard entry ensure that any sub domain request for domain.com will be routed to server which is pointed by service.domain.com.

In IIS setup, you have to edit website binding to include domain.com and www.domain.com as host header, by this way you can tell IIS that any request from domain.com and www.domain.com will be handled by this particular website. So, whenever user browse domain.com or www.domain.com it is serving public website without any problem.

While in case of sub domain it is showing error that “The connection was reset” this is because IIS does not found host header entry for requested domain in any websites. So, you need to add host header entry in service.domain.com website created in IIS setup because service.domain.com is actual website which is going to serve hosted service application when it is browse from sub domain. Use the following code to add host header entry programmatically in IIS:

private string GetWebSiteId(string serverName, string websiteName)

{

    string result = "-1";

 

    DirectoryEntry w3svc = new DirectoryEntry(string.Format("IIS://{0}/w3svc", serverName));

 

    foreach (DirectoryEntry site in w3svc.Children)

    {

        if (site.Properties["ServerComment"] != null)

        {

            if (site.Properties["ServerComment"].Value != null)

            {

                if (string.Compare(site.Properties["ServerComment"].Value.ToString(),

                                        websiteName, true) == 0)

                {

                    result = site.Name;

                    break;

                }

            }

        }

    }

 

    return result;

}

       

private void AddHostHeader(string hostHeader, string websiteID)

{

    DirectoryEntry site = new DirectoryEntry("IIS://localhost/w3svc/" + websiteID);

    PropertyValueCollection serverBindings = site.Properties["ServerBindings"];

 

    serverBindings.Add(hostHeader);

 

    Object[] newList = new Object[serverBindings.Count];

    serverBindings.CopyTo(newList, 0);

 

    site.Properties["ServerBindings"].Value = newList;

    site.CommitChanges();

}  

 

AddHostHeader("127.0.0.1:80:user1.domain.com", GetWebSiteId("localhost", "service.domain.com"));

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IIS 8.0 Hosting Ukraine - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Configure ASP.NET Application on IIS

clock October 13, 2015 12:46 by author Rebecca

In this article, I'm going to explain how to set Windows Authentication to configure ASP.NET application in IIS. To make Windows authorize application you need to make changes in web.config as well as IIS manager.

Configuring Windows Authentication

<system.web>
   <authentication mode="Windows"/>
</system.web>

  1.     Start Internet Information Services (IIS).
  2.     Right-click your application’s virtual directory, and then click Properties.
  3.     Click the Directory Security tab.
  4.     Under Anonymous access and authentication control, click Edit.
  5.     Make sure the Anonymous access check box is not selected and that Integrated Windows authentication is the only selected check box.

If you will put Anonymous check box checked then it will not take windows login Id for the user. e.g. string windowsLogin = Page.User.Identity.Name;

Now, your application will work on windows authentication.

Here is the example code:

protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
   try
     {
       //Start:
        if (Session["EmployeeCode"] == null)
          {
             string windowsLogin = Page.User.Identity.Name;
             //Check user is valid or not from data base
            //I am putting simple condition by hard code value
            if (windowsLogin=='ValidUser')
                 {
                   Session["EmployeeCode"] = userId;
                 }
             else
                {
                  Session.Abandon();
                  Response.Redirect("InvalidUser.aspx", false);
                }
         //End
     }
    catch (Exception ex)
    {
       //Handel exception here
       Throw;
     }
}

It's done! You will get user from windows credential and check with existing user with database. If user is valid go ahead other wise navigate the user to Invalid page.

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IIS 8.0 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Setting Up IIS On Your Windows 10 OS ?

clock September 23, 2015 21:28 by author Peter

In this article, let me show you how to setting up IIS on your Windows 10 OS. I am using Windows 10 Enterprise edition.

First, open the browser and just type the url http://localhost/ shown on the below picture:

When you pressing Enter, it will throw page not found error.
Now I am going to search for IIS manager. Not found!
Then, open Control Panel -> Click Programs.
Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.

The popup will appear as you can see on the following picture:

Just check the Internet Information Services and its related features.
Under Internet Information Services check the following folders:

  • FTP Server
  • Web Management Tools
  • World wide web services
  • Application development features
  • Common HTTP Feature
  • Health and Diagnostics
  • Perfomance Feature
  • Security

Then click OK to complete the installation of new features.
Click Restart now to apply changes to complete the IIS feature installation.

After restart, you will see the IIS webserver option on the All Programs menu. Now, open the browser then write on address bar http://localhost.

Internet Information Services (IIS) successfully configured!

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IIS 8.0 Hosting Spain - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Use ASP.NET to Configure Costum Error Page in IIS

clock September 23, 2015 11:55 by author Rebecca

In this post, we're gonna explain how to use ASP.NET to configure custom error pages in IIS (Internet Information Server).  If we configure .NET Error Pages at the site level, ASP.NET stores the settings in the site’s web.config file. Since these settings are stored in the web.config file they are portable and can be easily moved to another server with the site’s content.

Step 1

Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.  Select your website. Note: This could also be set at the server level and applied to all sites on the server. DoubleClick on the “.NET Error Pages” icon.

The .NET Error Pages features view will be displayed.

Step 2

Click the “Edit Feature Settings” link to enable this feature. The “Edit Error Page Settings” dialog box will appear.

In order to change the default mode, we must also specify a “Default Page”. This page will be used for all status codes that are  not otherwise defined. In this example, we are using a generic custom error page to trap all other errors. Once you enter the absolute URL for the default error page click OK.  It may be a good idea to use a static HTML page here just in case ASP.NET is not functioning properly.
By default server errors are shown when logged on locally to the IIS server and custom errors will only be used from remote sessions. You will want to change this to “On” if you are logged on locally to the IIS server. Otherwise, it will display detailed server errors, and not our custom error pages.

Step 3

Next we will explicitly define the 404 Error code. To get the browser to throw a 404 error, we pointed it to a file on the test site that does not exist. As you can see in the following image the friendly HTTP 404 error page was shown in IE9. A friendly HTTP 404 Error in IE9:

Step 4

On the .NET Error Pages Actions menu click the Add link.

Step 5

The “Add Custom Error Page” dialog will appear. This is where you define individual error pages per status code. For this example, you will add a custom page for the HTTP 404 Error.

Now that you have turned on the feature and added a custom page for the 404 status code, you can verify it is working. To verify visit a page that does not exist. In this example, you will use http://mysite.com/deletedfile.aspx. You can see in the following image that the custom error page was shown.

Step 6

As mentioned above this can also be managed from the site’s web.config file. Consider the following configuration section from our site’s web.config file.

<configuration>
  <system.web>
    <customErrors defaultRedirect=”http://mysite.com/errors/Error.aspx” mode=”RemoteOnly”>
       <error redirect=”http://mysite.com/errors/404.aspx” statusCode=”404″ />
    </customErrors>
  </system.web>
</configuration>

Everything you set in the GUI can easily be set directly in the web.config. This will also allow you to setup .NET Error Pages, if you are on a shared hosting Plan.

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