Question Timeout accessing my self hosted WCF SSL service.

groadsvb

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I hope that I get all the steps correct to explain what I did. In summary I created my on certificates to develop and test a self hosted WCF using SSL.
1) i create the CA
2) I moved that CA to the Certificates Trusted Root Authority
3) I created a self signed certificate from the CA i created
4) I wrote my WCF and Self hosted it.
5) I wrote a console app and added a service reference to service in step 4 and ran the app and it worked! Cool.

6) I wrote and new console app but did not add a service reference. I wrote my own code to call the self hosted WCF but I get a timeout. Below is the code that times out. The error is {"The operation has timed out"}.
my x509 certificate path is to the self signed file that I exported from mmc.

VB.NET:
Imports System.Net
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Cryptography.X509Certificates
Module Module1

    Sub Main()

        Dim webRequest As System.Net.HttpWebRequest = System.Net.HttpWebRequest.Create("http://localhost:10991/WCFCalculator")
        webRequest.Method = "POST"
        webRequest.ContentType = "text/xml; charset=utf-8"
        Dim content = "<s:Envelope xmlns:s=""http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/""><s:Body><add xmlns=""http://Microsoft.ServiceModel.Samples""><a1>1</a1><a2>1</a2></add></s:Body></s:Envelope>"
        webRequest.ContentLength = content.Length
        webRequest.ClientCertificates.Add(New X509Certificate2("C:\TestData\ssl\exportedGary1.pfx", "Kangaroo", X509KeyStorageFlags.MachineKeySet))
        webRequest.Timeout = 10000
        webRequest.Headers.Add("SOAPAction", "http://Microsoft.ServiceModel.Samples/IWCFCalculator/add")


        Using sw As New StreamWriter(webRequest.GetRequestStream())
            sw.Write(content)
        End Using


        Using sr As New System.IO.StreamReader(webRequest.GetResponse().GetResponseStream)
            Dim data = sr.ReadToEnd
            Console.WriteLine(data)
            Console.Read()
        End Using
    End Sub

End Module

All help with this is greatly appreciated.
 

JohnH

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The ssl service url must be https at least, not http. Why would you not use the client proxy?
 

groadsvb

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I did see that I copy over the code when I had it as non ssl. I have https in the running version that gave me the time out. I just got it to run with out the timeout but I am not sure why this makes a difference yet. If anyone has input, welcome all. To get it to work I changed the storage flags from MachineKeySet to UserKeySet and I no longer time out.
 

groadsvb

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Hi JohnH:
Thanks for the reply. I do not completely understand all about the request and hosting so I may not understand completely the client proxy concept. To finish the task that I have been assigned I don't know if I have that option. Or is a client proxy always an option when writing this type of exchange?
 
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