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SOLUTION TO INSTALL Coldfusion 8 Standard (32-bit) to Windows Server 2008 64-bit (SBS small business server 2008 x64) on IIS7

Spent a day researching online and finally made CF8 Standard work on IIS7 x64. Just want to share it.

SOLUTION TO INSTALL Coldfusion 8 Standard (32-bit) to Windows Server 2008 64-bit (SBS small business server 2008 x64) on IIS7

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Example Website:
IIS > Sites > testwebsite
Path:
E:\testwebsite\
Homepage:
E:\testwebsite\index.cfm
IIS Application Pool: (automatically named and created by IIS)
testwebsite

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1. PROBLEM: HTTP Error 404.17

SOLUTION:
IIS > Application Pools > (right click on) testwebsite > Advanced Settings > Enable 32-Bit Applications > (set to) True

(no restart needed)

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2. Then I hit a 2nd PROBLEM: browser shows:
“Service Unavailable HTTP Error 503. The service is unavailable”

Refer to: http://mvolo.com/blogs/serverside/archive/2006/10/19/Where-did-my-IIS7-server-go_3F00_-Troubleshooting-_2200_service-unavailable_2200_-errors.aspx

I followed his steps and found out this error in windows Event Viewer > Windows Logs > Application > Error, Source=IIS-W3SVC-WP >

“The Module DLL C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll failed to load. The data is the error.”

SOLUTION:

Edit file:
C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config

Change this line from:
<add name=”PasswordExpiryModule” image=”C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll” />

To:
<add name=”PasswordExpiryModule” image=”C:\Windows\system32\RpcProxy\RpcProxy.dll” preCondition=”bitness64″ />

May need to restart IIS.

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3. Now the 3rd PROBLEM pops up: browser shows:
“HTTP Error 500.19 – Internal Server Error”

Refer to: http://forums.iis.net/t/1154481.aspx
which refers to:
http://forums.iis.net/p/1149768/1871631.aspx

SOLUTION
They said the http compression modules caused the error, and need to disable it globally. Run this command:
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe set config -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /-[name=’xpress’]

In case we want to re-enable it, run this:
%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd.exe set config -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+[name=’xpress’,doStaticCompression=’false’,dll=’%windir%\system32\inetsrv\suscomp.dll’]

(note two %windir% to replace)

NOTE: this will turn off HTTP compression for all sites on IIS. I tried to turn compression ON again in IIS > (Top Level Domain, the 1st node below “Start Page” on left sidebar) > (dbl-click icon) Compression, by unchecking all boxes (if checked) > apply changes, then checking all boxes > apply changes. Restart IIS. Then both HTTP compression & coldfusion work at the same time! (to confirm: check HTTP header: Content-Encoding = gzip, using Firefox add-on: Live HTTP Headers)

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Then it finally worked!!

SUMMARY
1. Enable 32-Bit Applications in the IIS Application Pool
2. Edit applicationHost.config for RpcProxy.dll 64-bit setting
3. Disable HTTP compression scheme in IIS by command line
– than turn off then on Compression in IIS by GUI

References

http://forums.iis.net/t/1157092.aspx

never checked it

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