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strange message from IIS

Posted on 2013-01-07
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When I http to a Windows 2008 box I am getting the following message appear in the browser.
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The Remote Desktop feature is not available from this browser. To access the built-in Windows Remote Desktop Connection application, use either of the following methods:

Click Start and then type MSTSC.EXE in the search box.
-or-
Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
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IIS should not have been running on this box.  What does the above message mean?  I have never seen an IIS produce this message.

Thanks.
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by:BlueCompute
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When you say IIS shouldn't be running on this server, what were you expecting to get when connecting by HTTP? And are you just connecting to http://servername or is there a longer URL you are connecting to? That's not an IIS error message that I've seen before, and Google hasn't seen it either, so it must be being generated by a piece of software that's not widely used, or possibly it's been written in-house?
You can use SysInternals TCPView to find out whether it's actually IIS (w3svc.exe) that's listening on port 80 and thus returning the page you're seeing.
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by:NYGiantsFan
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I detected strange traffic to IIS on this box.  

It was IIS.  Our network administator shut it down.

The strange thing is that MSTSC.EXE is a remote access program.  Why is this reference appearing in http?  

Ponderous.
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It sounds like this server has had the Remote Desktop Web Access role installed at some point.  IIS is installed when you add this role, and for some reason you are landing on the RDweb page, which is usually at https://server_name/rdweb.

If you're not using this any more then you can simply uninstall both roles.
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