ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog Redirection Issue

I certainly hope you’re having a good day, and if you are having problems with the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog getting stuck in a continuous redirection loop I hope this post helps to make your day even better :-)

I recently installed the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog and then realized that I had not installed the prerequisite WCF components on the server that would be hosting the catalog. I installed the WCF feature as required and toggled the Site Component Manager. The logs indicated that I had the Application Catalog components all installed properly. I tried to access the application catalog and I ended up watching the web page loop endlessly while redirecting itself to…well…itself.

I checked redirection on the site and application in IIS, but no redirection was configured. I decided to try to find the answer on Bing. Beside the fact that I have no idea what their home page picture was for that day I came away disappointed. There really wasn’t anything of any value in the results. I figured someone must have run into this before. So I decided to give the all-knowing Google a whirl. No joy there either.

As I was double-checking that I had all of the prerequisites in place I came across this Microsoft blog posting… Tips and Tricks for Deploying the Application Catalog in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.  It says nothing about the redirection problem I was having, but I did notice that it mentions making sure that .NET Framework was registered correctly.

So I ran an elevated command prompt, switched to C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319 and ran the following command…

aspnet_regiis -iru

And there was joy in Application Catalog Land :-)

I hope the next person who finds themselves wondering why the ConfigMgr 2012 Application Catalog webpage keeps endlessly redirecting to itself comes across this post before they pull out too much hair.

John DeVito | Senior Consultant

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In the role of Senior Consultant at 1E, John is responsible for the design and implementation of 1E products for our customers. He has been working in the IT field for the past 20 years. He started out with ADP working with DOS/Windows 3.1 and has moved on to both in-house and consulting roles over the years, working with both Windows and Macintosh computers, Active Directory, several different SAN and virtualization products, and systems management software starting with SMS 1.2. John lives in northwestern New Jersey with his wife of 25 years, Lillian, and their two children Kerrie and Angel.

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  3. This is probably more symptomatic of Net Framework being installed after IIS. When done in that order, Net Framework has to be registered manually.

    • I was adding the Application Catalog to the site server in this instance and I had .NET Framework 4 installed as it should have been, as this is a prerequisite that would have cause the server installation to fail. My logs showed that the installation of the App Catalog components was successful, which was the tricky part. I had missed the WCF component requirement and added it through Server Manager. I reregistered .NET Framework as part of just running through all of the prerequisites for the role and not because .NET Framework was installed after the fact. Then the App Catalog worked perfectly.

      • Hey John, long time, no see. Great post.

        Another symptom of this issue results in 12044 errors in the event log and the Site Status messages.

        Additionally, the command you referenced will not work on Windows Server 2012 or newer. In order to fix the issue in 2012, uninstall ASP.Net and all dependent roles and reinstall. Unfortunately, this includes WSUS but it did not take long to reinstall the server roles and then the ConfigMgr Roles.

        Thanks again for the post.

        Andy B

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