Visual Studio 2013, IIS Express and SSL madness

As a quick shout out: just had that problem where I cloned an ASP.NET MVC application that is using SSL from a git repository into my freshly set up development machine, opened it in Visual Studio 2013, let it run and – nothing happened.

Except for the browser telling me that nothing happened because the site cannot be opened. Very helpful indeed.

PageNotFound

Quickly checked IIS Express in the toolbar – it says it is running and serving the site, so that’s fine.

Checked bindings in applicationhost.config and compared them to my previous settings – that’s not it.

Found a post indicating that for many people after the default VS 2013 installation, IIS Express is screwed up. So I did a repair install of IIS Express 8.

 

Now it’s working.