How do I test if my web service got copied correctly?


I FTP'ed my project to a new directory on my website, and need to test it.  What's the correct format for the URL??

I see files with the following extensions:


But shouldn't there be a wsdl file?  If so how do I get my project to create one?

Thanks for the help.

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Hi Bob,

You will access the .asmx file to test your webservice.

For an explaination of .asmx and wsdl see the following site:


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ba272Author Commented:
When you say access, do you mean I'd simply enter that into the browse?  <ENTER>

I did this with my service: <ENTER>

and here's what I got...

Line 43: by Microsoft that offers a single logon and core profile services for member sites.
Line 44:     -->
Line 45:     <authentication mode="Windows" />
Line 46:
Line 47:       <!--  AUTHORIZATION
So I changed the config to:
Line 45:     <authentication mode="None" />
recompiled the web service and updated all the files, again by FTP.  And it still had the same error??

What can you suggest?

Thanks for the help.

ba272Author Commented:
I just verified that "None" got changed back to "Windows" before I copied it to my domain.
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ba272Author Commented:
When I try and create a web referecne in my Windows client [which uses the web service successfully on my desktop] I get the following error:

There was an error downloading ''.

The request failed with the error message:
        <title>Configuration Error</title>
              body {font-family:"Verdana";font-weight:normal;font-size: .7em;color:black;}
              p {font-family:"Verdana"
ba272Author Commented:
Actually I used the correct domain name "" and got the same error.
ba272Author Commented:
Changed it and got the same error:

Line 43:            by Microsoft that offers a single logon and core profile services for member sites.
Line 44:     -->
Line 45:     <authentication mode="None" />
Line 46:
Line 47:       <!--  AUTHORIZATION
Hi Bob,

On your website, did you create an application name for the virtual directory within which the webservice resides? This is what your error message suggests.

Read this:


A word on authentication:

Setting <authentication mode="None" /> will make sure that none of the security provides processes the request, i.e. Windows, Passport or Forms. 'None' will perform no authentication at all. When you make any changes to the web.config file, you must restart the IIS application for the changes to take affect.

There are so many settings that can be configured for authentication. I would recommend visiting MSDN and reading up on the possibilities.

Hope this helps.
ba272Author Commented:

Thanks for the link.  It is the exact same error.  But I think my problem may be different than his problem.

When I went into IIS I saw my application did not have the folder icon like his.  And mine did not have a Create button, as in his example.  Mine said Remove.  So I removed it, and FTP'ed the files but that didn't change anything.  I went into IIS again and this time could select Create, which I did.  I tested that on the site and it failed.

As far as possible authentication setting, this is a hello world application, and I am not in a position to event understand what I about these settings.  Could this problem have been caused by me FTP'ing the web service rather than uploading it through Visual Studio?

Thanks for the help,

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