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Need to set custom error pages on automated site creation

Posted on 2007-11-20
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I've attached a snippet of the code I'm using to create the site in IIS. The full script currently creates a site successfully. However, I wanted to modify it so that it set custom error pages.

From googling and reading the Microsoft Knowledge Base I found that the IIsWebVirtualdirSettings object allows HTTPErrors to be set. When I try assign a string to oVirtualDir.HTTPErrors it gives me a type mismatch error.
From further reading it sounds like I'm suppose to assign an array to HTTPErrors, but that didn't seem to work either.

If someone could show me how to properly assign the error page settings to oVirtualdir.HTTPErrors I would appreciate it.
set oLocator = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
set oProvider = oLocator.ConnectServer("localhost", "root/MicrosoftIISv2")
set oService = oProvider.Get("IIsWebService='W3SVC'")
 
oBindings = Array(0)
Set oBindings(0) = oProvider.Get("ServerBinding").SpawnInstance_()
oBindings(0).IP = ""
oBindings(0).Port = "80"
oBindings(0).Hostname = siteName
 
ReDim Preserve oBindings(1)
Set oBindings(1) = oProvider.Get("ServerBinding").SpawnInstance_()
oBindings(1).IP = ""
oBindings(1).Port = "80"
oBindings(1).Hostname = "www." & siteName
 
Dim sSiteObjectPath
sSiteObjectPath = oService.CreateNewSite(siteName, oBindings, wwwPath)
If Err Then
	error.Add "Site Creation", "*** Error Creating Site: " & Hex(Err.Number) & ": " & Err.Description & " ***"
	WScript.Quit(1)
End If
 
Set oPath = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemObjectPath")
oPath.Path = sSiteObjectPath
sSitePath = oPath.Keys.Item("")
 
Set oVirtualDir = oProvider.Get("IIsWebVirtualDirSetting='" & sSitePath & "/ROOT'")
oVirtualDir.AuthFlags = 5 ' AuthNTLM + AuthAnonymous
oVirtualDir.EnableDefaultDoc = True
 
 
oVirtualDir.DirBrowseFlags = &H4000003E ' date, time, size, extension, longdate
oVirtualDir.AccessFlags = 513 ' read, script
oVirtualDir.AppFriendlyName = "Root Application"

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Question by:Shroder
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by:Shroder
ID: 20322004
A correction to the information above. The object wasn't ErrorPages. It was HTTPErrors.
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by:CCongdon
ID: 20322866
OK, I'm looking into this, and you are right and wrong. Yes, HttpErrors[] is an array. But not of string. It is an array of HttpError... Now, if I'm reading some of this stuff right, you also need to put in the full list of handlers even if you modify one. So, try iterating this list into your HttpErrors array. Each line is a new array item...

"400,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\400.htm"
"401,1,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-1.htm"
"401,2,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-2.htm"
"401,3,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-3.htm"
"401,4,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-4.htm"
"401,5,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-5.htm"
"401,7,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\401-1.htm"
"403,1,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-1.htm"
"403,2,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-2.htm"
"403,3,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-3.htm"
"403,4,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-4.htm"
"403,5,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-5.htm"
"403,6,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-6.htm"
"403,7,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-7.htm"
"403,8,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-8.htm"
"403,9,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-9.htm"
"403,10,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-10.htm"
"403,11,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-11.htm"
"403,12,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-12.htm"
"403,13,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-13.htm"
"403,15,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-15.htm"
"403,16,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-16.htm"
"403,17,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-17.htm"
"403,18,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403.htm"
"403,19,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403.htm"
"403,20,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\403-20.htm"
"404,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\404b.htm"
"404,2,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\404b.htm"
"404,3,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\404b.htm"
"405,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\405.htm"
"406,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\406.htm"
"407,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\407.htm"
"412,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\412.htm"
"414,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\414.htm"
"415,*,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\415.htm"
"500,12,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500-12.htm"
"500,13,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500-13.htm"
"500,15,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500-15.htm"
"500,16,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500.htm"
"500,17,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500.htm"
"500,18,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500.htm"
"500,19,FILE,C:\WINDOWS\help\iisHelp\common\500.htm"

Obviously, change the ones you need to what you need them to be.
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by:Shroder
ID: 20323075
I did see it mentioned that it's an array of HTTPError. I didn't know how to make the array of HTTPError/put the above values into the object.

Thank you for your help so far.

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by:Shroder
ID: 20351047
I have seen a way to create an instance of the HTTPError object through Asp.net. I have been able so far to find a way through classic ASP.

Any ideas?
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CCongdon earned 500 total points
ID: 20351351
I *think* you just have to cram each line of text into an iteration of the HTTPErrors collection. My understanding is that a comma delimted list gets 'cast' into an HTTPError object on the fly. Something I read on a newsgroup:

'On common gotcha is that this is an multi-string property define all HttpErrors.'

The downside is that I believe you have to define ALL the errors to get it to work right.

I'm a little out of my element here because I've never scripted IIS management, so I'm just attemtping to lend you my research skills at solving this problem, so I apologize if I am a bit clumsy in my attempts at helping.

Hmmm, another thing I am seeing is that people are calling the HttpError object a LIST data type.

You might do a search for something called ADSUTIL.VBS. Apparently, this is a script that allows you to set/delete LIST properties. That could give you some pointers.

David Wang's blog over at MSDN has some examples on manipulating individual items in a LIST.

http://blogs.msdn.com/david.wang/archive/2004/12/02/273681.aspx

You might also check out a script called IISCnfg.vbs. It is used to import/export portions of the metabase. I would assume it moves error messages as part of it. You might even be able to jury rig it into accepting an XML input to create your IIS config.
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by:Shroder
ID: 20351652
Thank you for the info. I will check out those scripts and see what I can find.

I'm a little fuzzy on what a "multi-string property is". I'm not sure if that means the object is actually an array of strings.
I've tried stuffing just a string into httpError and an array of strings.

Hopefully I can find the answer in one of those scripts.

Thanks again to both of you. Just confirming things helps a ton!
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by:Shroder
ID: 20384499
I'm going to close this for now since I probably wont be able to look into it further in the near future.
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