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IIS Mod-Rewrite - URL rewrite tool for IIS

IIS Mod-Rewrite FAQ

What is the difference between IIS Mod-Rewrite Standard and Pro versions?

IIS Mod-Rewrite Pro supports all the features of Standard version, and additionally supports per-directory and override (.htaccess) configurations.


Which operating systems are supported by IIS Mod-Rewrite?

IIS Mod-Rewrite Standard is designed for Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2012 Server. It is also successfully tested on Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 but it is recommended to be used on Server versions of Windows.

IIS Mod-Rewrite Pro is designed only for Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server and Windows 2012 Server. It is also successfully tested on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it is recommended to be used on Server versions of Windows.


Which webservers are supported by IIS Mod-Rewrite?

IIS Mod-Rewrite Standard can work on IIS 5.x, 6.0, 7.x and 8.0

IIS Mod-Rewrite Pro can work only on IIS 6.0, 7.x, and 8.0


IIS Mod-Rewrite looks to be successfully installed, but it does not seem to work.

The most frequent reasons that IIS Mod-Rewrite may not work or may seem not to work are the following three:

  • You may have not activated IIS Mod-Rewrite. In such case, IIS Mod-Rewrite stops working for non-localhost requests after 30 minutes or after 1000 request, whichever is reached first. You need to restart IIS to get IIS Mod-Rewrite back working for another 30 minutes or 1000 requests.
  • Your configuration script may have errors, or the regular expressions in it may be misconfigured, thus not working as you want. Open IIS Mod-Rewrite Control Center and see how you can test regular expressions, or how you can check the correctness of your configuration.
  • A very common reason for failures is File System and IIS security settings. Open IIS Mod-Rewrite Control Center and run the Diagnostics tool to locate any misconfiguration that may prevent IIS Mod-Rewrite from working in full function.


How do I activate IIS Mod-Rewrite?

To activate IIS Mod-Rewrite you must first purchase a license key. You can buy a license key online from micronovae.com

After you have received the license key, open IIS Mod-Rewrite Control Center from your Start menu, and select the "Activation" tab. You simply have to type the license key and click the "Activate" button to activate IIS Mod-Rewrite.

IMPORTANT: To activate IIS Mod-Rewrite, your server must be connected to the internet with direct access to TCP port 80 (HTTP protocol) for outgoing calls. The activation mechanism cannot work through HTTP proxy. Also, if there is no local DNS service, you must also allow access to TCP port 53 (DNS protocol) for outgoing calls.


Can I move my IIS Mod-Rewrite license and activate another server?

Yes. You can always always move a license, by de-activating first the already activated IIS Mod-Rewrite installation, and then by activating it on another server using the same license key.

IMPORTANT: To deactivate and activate IIS Mod-Rewrite, both your servers must be connected to the internet with direct access to TCP port 80 (HTTP protocol) for outgoing calls. The activation mechanism cannot work through HTTP proxy. Also, if there is no local DNS service, you must also allow access to TCP port 53 (DNS protocol) for outgoing calls.


Can I use IIS Mod-Rewrite for testing/development purposes without buying a license?

Yes. IIS Mod-Rewrite works without limitations for http requests originating from localhost and calling localhost (ip: 127.0.0.1, port:80) even without activation.


Can I change my server's hardware configuration after I activate IIS Mod-Rewrite?

Yes. You must first de-activate IIS Mod-Rewrite, make any hardware change, and then activate it again using the same license key.

The activation is bound to your server's CPU and network adapter. Any change of the rest of the hardware will not affect IIS Mod-Rewrite activation and does not require de-activation and activation.

IMPORTANT: To deactivate and activate IIS Mod-Rewrite, your server must be connected to the internet with direct access to TCP port 80 (HTTP protocol) for outgoing calls. The activation mechanism cannot work through HTTP proxy. Also, if there is no local DNS service, you must also allow access to TCP port 53 (DNS protocol) for outgoing calls.


Can I use an Apache mod_rewrite configuration on IIS Mod-Rewrite?

IIS Mod-Rewrite is compatible with apache mod_rewrite both in syntax and functionality. This means that a rewrite configuration for Apache is not only accepted by IIS Mod-Rewrite, but it also behaves the way Apache mod_rewrite does. However, some of the functions available in apache mod_rewrite are not implemented in IIS Mod-Rewrite, simply because IIS and Apache have completely different design and those functions are meaningless for IIS. For more information about compatibility, check out the Compatibility list.

 
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