New Laptop, New Problems…Mind Your Install Order

I recently moved my local development to a new laptop. Actually, a pretty sweet laptop, solid state drive and everything. My IT department set the laptop up and IIS was not installed, but .Net and Visual Studio were. So there were a few things I had to do to get .Net properly registered in IIS. Here are some symptoms and solutions, just incase you run into these problems or I forget what I did.


When trying to use a web app that connects to a database I would get an SqlException,

A connection was successfully established with the server, but then an error occurred during the login process. (provider: SSL Provider, error: 0 – The message received was unexpected or badly formatted.).

A simple command cleared this up.

netsh winsock reset

Actually, I got this fix from a co-worker and he was even good enough to provide some research on the possible cause of the issue, but I didn’t read any of it. I already have too much reading to do. As I understand it, it had something to do with my upgrade to Visual Studio 2013, but don’t quote me.

WCF Service Issue

When trying to run a service locally I kept getting a 405 error in my UI. Under the covers I was actually getting a 404.3, The page you are requesting cannot be served because of the extension configuration. If the page is a script, add a handler. If the file should be downloaded, add a MIME map.

You can check the reference on this issue here:

As it turns out, in my situation it was another artifact of the botched install order. I had to register WCF:

  1. Run Visual Studio Command Prompt as “Administrator”
  2. Change directory to C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v3.0\Windows Communication Foundation
  3. Run
ServiceModelReg –i

For good measure I also registered ASP.NET with IIS by running these commands in the same command prompt (you don’t have to change directory):

aspnet_regiis -I

then reset IIS


Actually, I had to do even more. The above actions registered everything on the server, but the settings weren’t copied down to my websites and services. This is another install order issue as I installed the sites before everything was registered. There may be an easier way to fix this, but I updated my DefaultWebsite (this is were I place all my sites and services). In feature view I opened Handler Mapping and in the Actions pane I clicked Revert to Parent. Then I had to do this in my sites and services. Actually, because there are so many and I have some handy dandy automated install/uninstall scripts, I just uninstalled everything and reinstalled all the sites which picked up the configuration change.

Now that order has been restored to my world I can get back to enjoying this new laptop.

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