Recently I had to install a WCF service in my local IIS server so I could tests a specific bit of security that I had added. Since this is the first time I did that, I thought I’d document the process for posterity.
Installing the development certificate
The first thing you need to do is to install the development certificate in your computers certificate store. Run the Microsoft Management Console (mmc) by pressing
Win + R and typing mmc. In the mmc, click on the menu
File > Add/Remove snap-in. Select the Certificates option and press
Add. A new window will pop up. Select the Computer account option and press
Finish. Keep the Local computer option. Click on
Ok to close the other window.
Now expand the tree to the left so you see the path Console root\Certificates (Local computer)\Personal\Certificates. Right click in the middle window and select the
More tasks > Import... option. Click
Next, select the development certificate, click
Next again, choose the Personal folder to install the certificate in, click
Next a last time and click on
After this, you need to configure IIS. Open the
IIS Manager, navigate to
ComputerName > Application pools and click on the
Add Application Pool... link to the right. Fill in a name you can remember, choose .NET 4.0.xxx as target framework and let the app pool start upon creation. Click
OK. If the default app pool does not have sufficient rights, it’s possible to give it another identity that has more rights on your machine. To do that, click on
Advanced settings... and update the Identity option.
Next you create a new site. Set the name and select the recently created app pool. Point the
Physical path to the location of your WCF service code, point it to the base folder of your code project to have always the latest version of the API available. You could give it a custom host name and add that name with it’s IP to the hosts file to be able to reach it on a readable url.
In the newly created site, double click on the authentication tab in the middle area. This will open all the authentication options available. Depending on what modules there are installed on the server, there will be more or less options available. Enable the options to provide support for them.
Enjoy your hosted WCF service. 🙂