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Throttling bandwidth on an IIS based site

If you need to throttle (or limit) the amount of bandwidth a specific site on Microsoft Server — this is for you.  This should work with any Microsoft Server OS from 2008 to present. Open IIS. Go to the specific site in question (in the tree to left expand and click on the specific site name).

on the right side panel, click Configure — Limits.

Check “limit bandwidth usage” and type in a number.

Click OK.


iPhone iPad “cannot verify server identity” SSL issue and resolution

We recently came across an issue with one of our client sites that runs under ASPDOTNETSTOREFRONT where the site would appear function properly on normal desktop browsers (IE 9, FF, Safari, Chrome), but when the mobile site would run on an iPhone or iPad, and the mobile site would go into SSL mode, it would result in the following error message pop-up:

“Cannot verify server identity” – Safari cannot verify the identity of (your domain goes here).

The issue is that the supplementary Intermediate SSL certificates, in our case, from GoDaddy, are/were not installed correctly on the server.

To resolve this issue, re-download (if needed) the SSL file which includes your SSL cert and the intermediate SSL certs.

To Install an SSL in Microsoft IIS 5 & 6

  1. To install the Intermediate certificate, click Start , and then click Run….
  2. Type mmc, and then click OK. The Microsoft Management Console (Console 1) opens.
  3. From the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in… .
  4. In the Add/Remove Snap-in window, click Add.
  5. In the Add Standalone Snap-in window, select Certificates, and then click Add.
  6. In the Certificates snap-in window, select Computer Account, and then click Next.
  7. In the Select Computer window, select Local Computer, then click Finish.
  8. In the Add Standalone Snap-in window, click Close.
  9. In the Add/Remove Snap-ins window, click OK.
  10. In the Console 1 window, click + to expand the Certificates folder.
  11. Right-click Intermediate Certification Authorities, mouse-over All Tasks, and then click Import.
  12. In the Certificate Import Wizard, click Next.
  13. Click Browse to find the certificate file.
  14. In the Open window, select *.p7b for the Files of type.
  15. Select the appropriate intermediate certificate file, and then click Open.
  16. In the Certificate Import Wizard window, click Next.
  17. Select Place all certificates in the following store, and then click Browse.
  18. In the Select Certificate Store window, select Intermediate Certification Authorities, and then click OK.
  19. In the Certificate Import Wizard, click Next.
  20. Click Finish.
  21. Click OK.

At this point you need to RESTART IIS.

After you restart IIS, then your mobile browser should function properly.


ASPDOTNETSTOREFRONT Excel Import error Ignoring bad/duplicate CategoryRef

If you are trying to do a bulk product import into ASPDNSF and come across the following error

Ignoring bad/duplicate CategoryRef, Name=

This is usually solved in one of two ways.

First, you have a malformed XPATH (category) field. The proper syntax is /category name 1/category name 2/subcategory name 1

for example, /Sports/All types of balls/Basketballs

NOTE: You do not need to manually create the categories in the admin interface. If you’ve formed the categories properly as above, the system will auto-create the categories during the import process. This is a real timesaver.

Second, this import error message can also be triggered if the “PRODUCT SKU’s” are duplicated in the import file. Please check your import data carefully to ensure that you don’t have duplicate SKU numbers for the same category (or at all). Good business practices dictate that you have a unique sku for each product.

First access on ASPDOTNETSTOREFRONT on a W2K8 R2 server…

Ok, so you’ve completed your install of ASPDNSF 9.x onto a Windows 2008 R2 server, and when you first try to access the domain, you get this error:

Server Error in ‘/’ Application.

Configuration Error

Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Core, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

Source Error:

 Line 244:        <add assembly=”System.Configuration, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B03F5F7F11D50A3A” />Line 245:        <add assembly=”System.Configuration.Install, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B03F5F7F11D50A3A” />

Line 246:        <add assembly=”System.Core, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089″ />

Line 247:        <add assembly=”System.Data, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089″ />

Line 248:        <add assembly=”System.Data.DataSetExtensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089″ />

Source File: C:\Websites\www.whatevermysiteisnamed.com\www\web.config    Line: 246

Assembly Load Trace: The following information can be helpful to determine why the assembly ‘System.Core, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ could not be loaded.

 WRN: Assembly binding logging is turned OFF.To enable assembly bind failure logging, set the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog] (DWORD) to 1.

Note: There is some performance penalty associated with assembly bind failure logging.

To turn this feature off, remove the registry value [HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion!EnableLog].


Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:2.0.50727.4927; ASP.NET Version:2.0.50727.4927

What to do???

This is an easy fix. 

Go to Start-> Administrative Tools -> Server Manager – > Features ->Add Feature and ADD .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features

ASPDOTNETSTOREFRONT Proper Permissions under Windows 2008 server

I hope this is of help to anyone trying to get a current version (meaning 8.x or 9.x) of ASPDOTNETSTOREFRONT running on a Microsoft Windows 2008 server, or Windows 2008 R2 Server. One issue that we have experienced that is not documented or explained well are the permissions for certain directories you need to configure for the app to properly run. The official documentation from ASPDNSF is here, but I have not had any success in my setups getting the application to function properly. When I use the settings below the app works properly and can accept image uploads from the admin interface, etc.

You need to grant the following permissions to the directories below:

web.config (file in root directory)

{servername}\IIS_IUSRS (Read, Write, and Modify access)

so if your server box name is webserver1, you would grant webserver1\IIS_IUSRS the Read, Write, and Modify access permissions.

The official documentation from ASPDNSF specifies “Network Service” instead of IIS_IUSRS, but I have never been able to get the app to work properly using that permission.  It does seem to work properly with the permission above.

DISCLAIMER: Please do these AT YOUR OWN RISK. We accept NO responsiblity for the integrity of your server. I am just relaying my experiences with the installation and use process of this ASPDNSF application.