I was trying to enable gzip compression of my WCF RIA traffic to decrease the amount of data that is send between the client and server and improve performance.
Note: I used Fiddler2 to determine if the responses were actually compressed or not.
There is a lot of Q&A about this topic on the web, but nobody had a straight solution for me. Some posts refered to old versions of IIS or used 3rd party modules.
I was looking for a solution that will work from with IIS7.5 without installing any 3rd party modules.
Here is how I made it work.
Lets first install the necessary modules: the Dynamic and Static Content Compression modules:
How-to enable GZIP compression for normal traffic:
On Windows 7:
“Start->Control Panel->Programs and features” and click on “Turn Windows features on or off”.
“Dynamic Content Compression” and “Static Content Compression” in “Internet Information Services->World Wide Webservices->Performance Features” and press “Ok”.
Now your ‘normal’ HTTP responses are automatically compressed, but your WCF RIA traffic is not.
To enable this we will need to add the mime-type of our WCF RIA traffic to the list of mime-types that need to be compressed. On my system the mime-type for my WCF RIA traffic is application/msbin1. I assume this is the same for everybody.
How-to enable GZIP compression for WCF RIA Services traffic:
Open a command box (cmd.exe)
Navigate to C:\Windows\system32\Inetsrv\ and execute the following command to add the application/msbin1 mime-type to the list of types that needs to be compressed:
appcmd.exe set config -section:system.webServer/httpCompression /+”dynamicTypes.[mimeType=’application/msbin1′,enabled=’True’]” /commit:apphost
This will add an entry into the Windows\System32\Inetsrv\Config\applicationHost.config file.
Now restart your IIS server and compression is enabled for the WCF RIA Services.
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:47:10 GMT
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:48:01 GMT
I hope this post was helpful!