How to create a url alias using IIS URL Rewrite

Want to allow someone to shortcut their way to a particular part of a website? Jonathan Yong, one of our Premier Field Engineers from Malaysia, shows you how! Problem: I have a url or domain that is very long! How can I create a shorter url that acts as an alias, which maps to a…


Setting up Web Server SSL Certificates to Renew Automatically

Amer Kamal offers a solution to a long-standing request for auto-renewing IIS web server certificates, over on the Windows PKI (ADCS) blog! The problem: Working with Internet Information Services (IIS) certificates can be a bit challenging especially during renewal time. Most organizations do not track Web SSL certificates which in turn might expire and cause…


SharePoint 2010 vs IIS MIME maps for MP4s

Another internal email we’re sharing with the world! This one was written by Karl Reigel, who’s a US-based Premier Field Engineer. Thanks Karl! Had an interesting issue with a customer that I thought I’d share in case anyone else runs across the same issue. Background:  SharePoint 2010 environment with BLOB Cache enabled and Browser File…


SharePoint 2013 with SSRS 2012 and Kerberos Constrained Delegation

Ryan Bushnell posted an excellent walkthrough of KCD with SSRS 2012 and SP2013! (That’s Kerberos Constrained Delegation; SQL Server Reporting Services; SharePoint 2013) To do this configuration Kerberos with constrained delegation is required and often this is the most tricky and unclearly documented piece.  In this post I hope to provide some insight into the…


How To Resolve HttpException (0x80004005): Failed to Execute URL

Summary:  Ambuj Nautiyal, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada, walks us through a solution for the circumstance where your .NET application(s) throw the error HttpException: Failed to Execute URL. I was recently working with one of my customers and when they deployed a .NET application into production one of the settings on IIS…


Case Study: Using ProcMon to resolve a 401 error

This article has been written by Ambuj Nautiyal, a PFE with Microsoft Canada. In this post he talks about a typical scenario which can be easily diagnosed using the Process Monitor (ProcMon) tool. Scenario Recently I helped troubleshoot a HTTP server error 401 issue – which can sometimes be a nightmare to diagnose. The ASP.NET…


Kerberos in Load Balanced (MSCRM) Environments

A topic very near and dear to my heart, after years of writing about Kerb (Kerbie Goes Bananas), tips, troubleshooting of Kerb deployments, and general pleas for sanity. Sean over at the Dynamics CRM In The Field blog runs through a “how it should look” scenario with CRM 2011 and IIS 7/7.5 here Rather than…


Blocking Exchange Web Services by User-Agent

Let’s say you want to block ActiveSync for mobile devices. Did you know that some clients will use Exchange Web Services as a fallback? If you just gasped, this post is for you! (Also: calm down) Disabling EWS isn’t really an option, as quite a lot of Outlook functionality relies on EWS. However, we have…