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creating website programmatically using C#

Hi,

I have written some code in C# to programmatically create a website
and an application pool. Both seems to be getting created alright with
whatever settings I have applied. However, when I fire a request to
the website, I get a "page can not be displayed" message". I get
nothing in the event viewer logs. I read somewhere that from website
properties Home Directory Application Settings, if I remove and
recreate the application pool, website starts serving requests. This
DOES work but I am unable to figure out how to accomplish this from my
code. When I checked Metabase.XML file of IIS before and after doing
this change manually, only change I noticed that following gets added
inside <IIsWebVirtualDir>.

UNCPassword="49634462500000000600000040000000bd77b 5e56b3f000048866b15ac840f0bc531565bfc2a1b5c6eb77c9 661f527ba8edd7344f93776e7cf6ae118bcdb8db8a6ea143d7 ae1d03c8672ac2c84bd677cd3fde3c37cf6e6a0"

However, my app pool is running under "local system" identity. So this
string might correspond to some default encrypted string.

Does anyone know how to get it working from my code?

Thanks,
Mandar
Sep 9 '08 #1
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I don't know what the error is - however, running a web-site as "local
system" seems very, very dangerous... is there any good reason it
needs that level of power? "least priveleged", 'n all...

Marc
Sep 9 '08 #2
On Sep 9, 8:33*am, Mandar <mandarpkulka...@gmail.comwrote:
Hi,

I have written some code in C# to programmatically create a website
and an application pool. Both seems to be getting created alright with
whatever settings I have applied. However, when I fire a request to
the website, I get a "page can not be displayed" message". I get
nothing in the event viewer logs. I read somewhere that from website
properties Home Directory Application Settings, if I remove and
recreate the application pool, website starts serving requests. This
DOES work but I am unable to figure out how to accomplish this from my
code. When I checked Metabase.XML file of IIS before and after doing
this change manually, only change I noticed that following gets added
inside <IIsWebVirtualDir>.

UNCPassword="49634462500000000600000040000000bd77b 5e56b3f000048866b15ac840f*0bc531565bfc2a1b5c6eb77c 9661f527ba8edd7344f93776e7cf6ae118bcdb8db8a6ea143d 7*ae1d03c8672ac2c84bd677cd3fde3c37cf6e6a0"

However, my app pool is running under "local system" identity. So this
string might correspond to some default encrypted string.

Does anyone know how to get it working from my code?

Thanks,
Mandar
Most likely the "page can not be displayed" has error number... 500
being "Server Error" may contain additional information - the strings
IE displays under "Technical Information" on 500 errors. You could try
to reproduce the error inside IE.

Or it could be a 403

or even "page not found"
Sep 9 '08 #3
>>You could try to reproduce the error inside IE.

@G.S. - In IE I get the following -

<snip>
More information
This problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
Internet connectivity has been lost.
The website is temporarily unavailable.
The Domain Name Server (DNS) is not reachable.
The Domain Name Server (DNS) does not have a listing for the
website's
domain.
If this is an HTTPS (secure) address, click tools, click Internet
Options, click Advanced, and check to be sure the SSL and TLS
protocols are enabled under the security section.
</snip>
But I dont think any of this holds true for me.
>>running a web-site as "local system" seems very, very dangerous...

@Marc - I am writing an installer where I need to create a web site
and provide user with possible identity options as - Local System and
User Configurable. Thats not my issue here.

The fact that I can make the website working by just recreating the
application under the website leads me to believe that I have done
something wrong in my code or something is missing that should be
there. Any pointers?
Thanks,
Mandar
Sep 10 '08 #4
On Sep 10, 11:35*am, Mandar <mandarpkulka...@gmail.comwrote:
>You could try to reproduce the error inside IE.

@G.S. - In IE I get the following -

<snip>
More information

This problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including:

Internet connectivity has been lost.
The website is temporarily unavailable.
The Domain Name Server (DNS) is not reachable.
The Domain Name Server (DNS) does not have a listing for the
website's
domain.
If this is an HTTPS (secure) address, click tools, click Internet
Options, click Advanced, and check to be sure the SSL and TLS
protocols are enabled under the security section.
</snip>

But I dont think any of this holds true for me.
>running a web-site as "local system" seems very, very dangerous...

@Marc - I am writing an installer where I need to create a web site
and provide user with possible identity options as - Local System and
User Configurable. Thats not my issue here.

The fact that I can make the website working by just recreating the
application under the website leads me to believe that I have done
something wrong in my code or something is missing that should be
there. Any pointers?

Thanks,
Mandar
Mandar, if the IE snipped is all you get, then that's probably HTTP
404 "Not found" response which may indicate that your request (URL)
was not correct or the server refused to serve it w/o providing
details. This was not the response I was expecting when permissions
are the issue, but I may be wrong.

I would definitely try to confirm the exact HTTP response code/error
you're getting back with that "Page Cannot be Displayed"

I would also try to make the website work as a stand-alone website
before going back and debugging from within your code.

Setting up IIS logging for that website may be helpful as well.
There's lots of resources on IIS logging - here's one you can start
with:
How to configure Web site logging in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324279
Sep 10 '08 #5

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