Thursday, September 17, 2015

Web Site Administration Tool for Visual Studio 2013 and Visual Studio 2015

If you are looking for the Web Site Administration Tool that originally shipped with older versions of Visual Studio, you may be disconcerted to discover that this tool no longer ships with newer versions of Visual Studio such as Visual Studio 2013!

Microsoft seems to offer a workaround for this issue based on this article:

However, when you attempt to browse the site and perform various operations, you may encounter error messages such as:

An error was encountered. Please return to the previous page and try again. 

Fortunately, instead of trying to figure out how to get this tool to work properly for your needs, there is a better alternative released as a project on CodePlex:

The tool is in a very rough state and has some invalid references to MySQL as well as lacking the ability to Add New Roles and several other settings available in the Web Site Administration Tool.  It also requires several settings to be configured in the Web.config file before you have a working system.

However, once it is up and running, you can easily manage and create new Users as well as assign Users to their respective Roles!

If you want an updated version of the WSAT code from CodePlex, you can grab the code from GitHub here:

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