Thursday, September 07, 2006

Administering an ASP.NET WebSite

Hi! One of my friends showed me how to access the ASP.NET Administration WebSite without calling it from within VS.NET:
  • Create a virtual directory ASP.NETWebAdminFiles in IIS that point to C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ASP.NETWebAdminFiles
  • Open properties windows of the new virtual directory, make sure that it is configured to run with ASP.NET 2.0, and in Security tab, uncheck Anonymous Access, check Integrated Windows Authentication. After that, you will be able to connect to WebAdminTools using the following syntax http://localhost/ASP.NETWebAdminFiles/default.aspx?applicationPhysicalPath=XXX&applicationUrl=/YYY in my case, it is: http://localhost/ASP.NETWebAdminFiles/default.aspx?applicationPhysicalPath=D:\Tasks\Libranyon\Photonyon\&applicationUrl=/Photonyon
Although I don't recommend to do it, if you want to access WebAdminTool from other computer, open WebAdminPage.cs from (C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ASP.NETWebAdminFiles\App_Code) and comment the following code block

if (!application.Context.Request.IsLocal) {

SecurityException securityException = new SecurityException ( (string) HttpContext.GetGlobalResourceObject( "GlobalResources", "WebAdmin_ConfigurationIsLocalOnly" )); WebAdminPage.SetCurrentException(application.Context, securityException); application.Server.Transfer("~/error.aspx");


WebAdminTool still be protected by Integrated Windows Authentication, so you still some have some defense here. I have found this same instructions here, so I guess my friend got them from there.

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