Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Sitecore ShowConfig on CD servers

I have to say that this is not recommended, not recommended, not recommended... and you are doing this on your own risk.

So, what is it? We have followed all the recommendation on disabling stuff on CD servers but I am sure sometimes we want to see the famous showconfig results on CD servers so we can investigate the configurations only for CD servers. Because CD should not have Sitecore client and the admin pages, so we have removed them. Then how?

Sounds evil? Yes it is so risk is yours :)

When Sitecore does this in CM server, the showconfig.aspx checks if you are logged in. We cannot do that on CD so we just need to create the same page with code that does not do the security checking and put this, say, EvilShowConfig.aspx somewhere on CD server and remove it as soon as you have collected the configurations.

Save the following content into a text file named EvilShowConfig.aspx and put the file on CD at the location of your choice and browser to it.

<%@ Page Language="C#" AutoEventWireup="true" %>
<%@ Import NameSpace="Sitecore.Configuration" %>
<%@ Import NameSpace="System.Xml" %>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>Very Evil ShowConfig</title>
        <script runat="server">
            protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            {
                XmlDocument configuration = Factory.GetConfiguration();
                Response.Clear();
                Response.ContentType = "text/xml";
                Response.Write(configuration.OuterXml);
                Response.End();
            }
        </script>
    </head>
    <body></body>
</html>

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