WebForms ScriptManager Vs MVC – FIGHT!

If you’ve tried to squeeze MVC into a WebForms project which uses ScriptManager elements for AJAX functionality, be sure to add some hardcore IgnoreRoute entries in your route registration section.

If you don’t then you’ll find the calls to your asmx webservice that ScriptManager creates will receive 404 errors looking for asmx/js or asmx/jsdebug that contain an HTTPException which looks like:

The controller for path blah.asmx/js was not found or does not implement IController

or if you’re in debug mode

The controller for path blah.asmx/jsdebug was not found or does not implement IController

This basically means that the pattern {folder}/{file}.asmx/{something} isn’t matching a route. Since it shouldn’t match one then you need to make sure you add in an exception.

Ignore a specific file type

This one didn’t actually work for me as expected, but is worth listing here:


Ignore an entire folder

This brute force attack worked for me:

routes.IgnoreRoute("{folder}/{*pathInfo}", new { folder = "WebServices" });


I didn’t need to add in the IgnoreRoute on one IIS7 instance but did on another IIS7 server. Not sure why, probably due to HTTPHandler configuration within IIS itself?

Batch file to create an IIS7 website

Really simple stuff which is helping me out when hosting multiple sites for development on one machine; you either pass in as parameters or specify as responses

  1. the directory name of your site – e.g. “D:\Dev\MySite1” would be “MySite1”
  2. the port number you want it on
  3. the site ID

and it’ll set up the site, migrate your config settings to II7 if necessary, start the new site and let you know the URL to access it.

@echo off
setlocal EnableDelayedExpansion

REM Get parameters from user if they're not specified
if [%1]==[] set /P directory="Enter name of directory/site: "
if [%2]==[] set /P port="Enter port number: "
if [%3]==[] set /P sitenum="Enter site number: "

REM Create site in IIS
%systemroot%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd add site /name:"%directory%" /id:%sitenum% /physicalPath:"D:\Dev\%directory%" /bindings:http/*:%port%:%computername%

REM Attempt to migrate config to IIS7 stylee
%SystemRoot%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd migrate config "%directory%/"

REM Start new site
%SystemRoot%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd start site "%directory%"

echo site "%directory%" now running at http://%computername%:%port%

REM interactive mode
if [%1]==[] (if [%2]==[] (if [%3]==[] (

I will change this to pull the next available site ID and port number unless someone else can tell me how to do that.

And yes, this would be very easy in Powershell but I’ve not done that version either..!

Also, if you’d like to know how I managed to get Syntaxhighlighter to work nicely with batch/cmd/dos, leave a comment. There are *no* nice, simple, tutorials out there with common mistakes, so I could paste my steps in here if necessary.