Not able to deploy wcf web service from my machine to dev server

Posted on 2009-05-19
Last Modified: 2012-05-07
I have created a wcf web site project in Visual Studio 2008 and a Windows project that consumes that web service on my machine.   I want to serve this web service from our development box but get an error when I try to create a Service Reference to that from my Windows project consumer.
The project that works in on my machine.  I had added a Service Reference to the Windows project called wcfHelloMay18.   When I r-click the Service References/wcfHelloMay18 and look at configure the Address that is displayed is http :// localhost:60593/Service1.svc.  I can consume the web service from the Windows project fine.
I want to serve up this web service from our development box  at .  (The website at this address serves up just fine)   But I keep getting the error that I put here in the code window.

Here is what I did in order to try to get the web service to serve from the dev box:    I copied the files from my machine to the root dev box website   (when I had the files in an App_Code dir , I got a Forbidden error when trying to Add Service Reference from the Windows app.)
      IService1.cs,   Service1.svc,   Service1.svc.cs
      The Service1.svc file has this in it.
            ServiceHost Language="C#"
            Debug="true" Service="wcfHelloWorld.Service1"
and copied the following from web.config on my machine to the web.config on the dev box.
            <service name="wcfHelloWorld.Service1"  

<endpoint address="" binding="wsHttpBinding" contract="wcfHelloWorld.IService1">
              <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexHttpBinding" contract="IMetadataExchange"/>
              <behavior name="wcfHelloWorld.Service1Behavior">
                <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
                <serviceDebug includeExceptionDetailInFaults="true"/>
Thank you in advance for your advice on what I should do so that I can create a Service Reference to the web service on the dev box.
Here are some things I tried.
      - I tried to IE to
            Error:  The type 'wcfHelloWorld.Service1', provided as the Service attribute value in the ServiceHost directive could not be found.
      - I moved the files out of the App_Code dir and deleted the dir
      - added an address to endpoint in IGP6 web.config like this
         <endpoint address="" binding="wsHttpBinding" contract="wcfHelloWorld.IService1">
                              - commented out mex endpoint in IGP6 web.config
            <endpoint address="mex" binding="mexHttpBinding"

- Did   <!-- To avoid disclosing metadata information, set the value below to false and remove the metadata endpoint above before deployment -->
       <serviceMetadata httpGetEnabled="true"/>
The Error:

The HTML document does not contain Web service discovery information.

Metadata contains a reference that cannot be resolved: '

The content type text/html; charset=utf-8 of the response message does not match the content type of the binding (application/soap+xml; charset=utf-8). If using a custom encoder, be sure that the IsContentTypeSupported method is implemented properly. The first 819 bytes of the response were: '


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "">


<html xmlns="" >





<form name="form1" method="post" action="default.aspx" id="form1">

<input type="hidden" name="__VIEWSTATE" id="__VIEWSTATE" value="/wEPDwUJNjUxNDcwNzM5ZGT3zyGithsw49HE9tyqIIroGKQcjg==" />


<input type="hidden" name="__EVENTVALIDATION" id="__EVENTVALIDATION" value="/wEWAgL/2Z6dBwKzmeWHCA/WyJT1GsI0d6cFEwzQUXdMTU8h" />


this is default.asp on IGP6, the pdsDemo website

<br /><br /><br />


<input type="submit" name="cmd1" value="cmd1" id="cmd1" />


<br /><br /><br />

<span id="Label1">Label</span>






If the service is defined in the current solution, try building the solution and adding the service reference again.

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Question by:pdschuller
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I think this boils down to the Visual Studio 2008 web service discovery wizard not being able to find the web service on the dev box.  Because:
   -  the error that the wizard throws indicates that it is looking at my default.aspx file, and
   -  when I try to pull up  in the browser I get an error.  Service1.svc has this in it: Service="wcfHelloWorld.Service1"   The error says: The type 'wcfHelloWorld.Service1', provided as the Service attribute value in the ServiceHost directive could not be found.

I am attaching the web.config that is on the dev box.  Thanks again.

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pdschuller earned 0 total points
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There were two problems
 1.) the dll that my web service project created had to be dragged over to the bin directory of the web-site-to-which-I-was-deploying.  (The reason I hadnt done this was that "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Communication Foundation" (p.106) had said that was optional.
 2.) when it came time to create a Service Reference in the VS 2008 I was using the IP number like   and I needed to use
btw, I got that correct url when I browsed to  The IP worked in that case.

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