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Broken Microsoft Exception Link

The moment when your wcf service throws an exception and the exception help link is broken as well… Sigh.

In this case, the exception being thrown was: “HTTP could not register URL http://+:8001/. Your process does not have access rights to this namespace (see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=70353 for details”.

When trying to go to the above go.microsoft.com link, you are attempted to be redirected to the following broken URL for a MSDN page on the Windows SDK http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms733768.aspx.

Long story short, I believe the page should be linking to the following page on http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms733768.aspx.

During trying to resolve this issue, the tool called HttpNamespaceManager was discovered that is written by an Microsoft employee and though while not an official Microsoft tool, it does provide a great way to manage namespace reservations. More on HttpNamespaceManager and the download link can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/paulwh/archive/2007/05/04/addressaccessdeniedexception-http-could-not-register-url-http-8080.aspx.

Am I really asking a lot for Microsoft to keep their exception helper links up to date?

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