I realised that I could have spent the last twenty years putting all my tech knowledge online. Well, I didn't, but as they say, the best time to plant trees is 20 years ago, the second best time is now. So here's all the random programming stuff I've come across that might be helpful. Note: this isn't really questions and answers - more just answers from me!

Viewing errors on remote machine after SQL restores broke .NET sites

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After our server minions did some MS SQL database restores from some old backups to find some data, some .NET websites we had on the server started showing an error.

But I couldn't view the error remotely. Oddly this worked locally, and I couldn't get the error for some reason, even in a web browser on the server via remote desktop.

So, I needed to show the error temporaily on that live server, so in the inetpub/websitename folder, locate the web.config file and do this: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb684665.aspx

Namely: Change the customErrors mode attribute from "RemoteOnly" to "Off", and then save the file.

Refresh the page and get the error, then turn this setting back off.
asked Mar 8, 2018 in .NET by Ralpharama (380 points)

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