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Frequently when you have a site that uses SSL, you want to force the use of SSL on all pages. Thus, when a user navigates to an http:// . . . address on the site, you would like them redirected to the equivalent https:// . . . address. This article describes how to do this within Internet Information Services 7


Single Web Server

This procedure will work with a single web server (i.e., no load balancer). It can also be accomplished by added the following to your web.Release.config file.

  <rewrite xdt:Transform="Insert">
      <rule name="HTTPs Redirect" enabled="true" stopProcessing="true">
        <match url="(.*)" />
          <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" />
        <action type="Redirect" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" />

1. Within IIS7 Manager, navigate to the site of interest > IIS group > URL Rewrite icon

2. Create a rule with the following settings

Match URL
Requested URL = Matches the Pattern
Using = Regular Expressions
Pattern = (.*)
Ignore case = unselected

Conditions (only one condition)
Logical grouping = Match All
Input = HTTPS
Type = Matches the Pattern
Pattern = off
Track capture groups across conditions = unselected

Action type = Redirect
Redirect URL = https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}
Append query string = selected
Redirect type = Permanent (301)

SSL Redirect Rule Settings

SSL Redirect Rule Settings

Multiple Web Servers Behind a Load Balancer - Site Does NOT Use SignalR

NOTE: This will break SignalR. See below for how to force SSL for a site that uses SignalR.

Add the following to your web.Release.config file

  <rewrite xdt:Transform="Insert">
      <rule name="HTTPS rewrite behind ELB rule" enabled="false" stopProcessing="true">
        <match url="^(.*)$" ignoreCase="false" />
          <add input="{HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO}" pattern="^http$" ignoreCase="false" />
        <action type="Redirect" redirectType="Found" url="https://{SERVER_NAME}{URL}" />

Multiple Web Servers Behind a Load Balancer - Site Uses SignalR

1. Setup a dummy site with a binding for http://yoursite.com

2. Root folder should have an index.html file

3. The web.config file should contain the following.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
        <httpRedirect enabled="true" destination="https://yoursite.com" httpResponseStatus="Permanent" />

4. Within Amazon Web Services, edit the listeners on the load balancer, to (a) remove all HTTP and HTTPS listeners, and (b) add two listeners as follows.

Load Balancer Protocol/PortInstance Protocol/Port
SSL (Secure TCP):443SSL (Secure TCP):443


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