HOW TO CONFIGURE DEFAULT SSL WITHIN SSL AND MICROSOFT IIS WEB SERVER.

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Microsoft IIS Windows – Make Default SSL – Once SSL Certificates Installed and Configured to your server/domain

IIS Redirect HTTP to HTTPSSetting up an HTTP/HTTPS redirect in IISOnce the SSL certificate is installed, your site still remains accessible via a regular insecure HTTP connection.

To connect securely, visitors must specify the https:// prefix manually when entering your site’s address in their browsers.

In order to force a secure connection on your website, it is necessary to set up a certain HTTP/HTTPS redirection rule. This way, anyone who enters your site using a link like “yourdomain.com” will be redirected to “https://yourdomain.com” or “https://www.yourdomain.com” (depending on your choice) making the traffic encrypted between the server and the client side.

OK, LET’S START WITH INSTALLING THE IIS URL REWRITE MODULE!

Below are steps to setup a IIS HTTPS redirect:

Download and install the “URL Rewrite” module.

Open the “IIS Manager” console and select the website you would like to apply the redirection to in the left-side menu:

Double-click on the “URL Rewrite” icon.Click “Add Rule(s)” in the right-side menu.

Select “Blank Rule” in the “Inbound” section, then press “OK”:

Enter any rule name you wish.In the “Match URL” section:-

Select “Matches the Pattern” in the “Requested URL” drop-down menu- Select “Regular Expressions” in the “Using” drop-down menu-

Enter the following pattern in the “Match URL” section: “(.*)”- Check the “Ignore case” boxIn the “Conditions” section, select “Match all” under the “Logical Grouping” drop-down menu and press “Add”.In the prompted window:- Enter “{HTTPS}” as a condition input- Select “Matches the Pattern” from the drop-down menu- Enter “^OFF$” as a pattern- Press “OK”In the “Action” section, select “Redirect” as the action type and specify the following for “Redirect URL”:https://{HTTP_HOST}{REQUEST_URI}Check the “Append query string” box.Select the Redirection Type of your choice.

The whole “Action” section should look like this:NOTE: There are 4 redirect types of the redirect rulethat can be selected in that menu:- Permanent (301) – preferable type in this case, which tells clients that the content of the site is permanently moved to the HTTPS version.

Good for SEO, as it brings all the traffic to your HTTPS website making a positive effect on its ranking in search engines.- Found (302) – should be used only if you moved the content of certain pages to a new place *temporarily*.

This way the SEO traffic goes in favour of the previous content’s location. This option is generally not recommended for a HTTP/HTTPS redirect.- See Other (303) – specific redirect type for GET requests.

Not recommended for HTTP/HTTPS.- Temporary (307) – HTTP/1.1 successor of 302 redirect type. Not recommended for HTTP/HTTPS.Click on “Apply” on the right side of the “Actions” menu.

The IIS redirect can be checked by accessing your site via http:// specified in the URL.

To make sure that your browser displays not the cached version of your site, you can use anonymous mode of the browser.

The rule is created in IIS, but the site is still not redirected to https://Normally, the redirection rule gets written into the web.config file located in the document root directory of your website.

If the redirection does not work for some reason, make sure that web.config exists and check if it contains the appropriate rule.To do this, follow these steps:In the sites list of IIS, right-click on your site.

Choose the “Explore” option:“Explore” will open the document root directory of the site. Check if the web.config file is there.

The web.config file must have the following code block

<configuration>
<system.webServer>
<rewrite>
<rules>
<rule name=”HTTPS force” enabled=”true” stopProcessing=”true”>
<match url=”(.*)” />
<conditions>
<add input=”{HTTPS}” pattern=”^OFF$” />
</conditions>
<action type=”Redirect” url=”https://{HTTP_HOST}{REQUEST_URI}” redirectType=”Permanent” />
</rule>
</rules>
</rewrite>
</system.webServer>
</configuration>

  1. If the web.config file is missing, you can create a new .txt file, put the aforementioned code there, save and then rename the file to web.config.

It is important to follow this exactly or otherwise it will not work correctly.  If you get it not to work then please email david.gawler@skybridgedomains.com or phone 1800-057-265 or 61391112344.

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