If you want to remove unnecessary headers from a Web App in Azure App Services, here are some things we need to know.

App Services run on a PaaS. This means that not everything can be touched or changed. We will be addressing the Azure App Service (Windows).

In particular:

  • 502, 503 and 403 http statuses are returned from the front-end instances and never reach the worker, which means that we cannot influence the headers there

Removing the X-AspNet-Version header

You can do this by editing the web.config file in KUDU. If you don't have one, just create a web.config file in the wwwroot dir.

This is between the <configuration> </configuration>

    <httpRuntime enableVersionHeader="false" /> <!-- Removes ASP.NET version header. Not needed for Ghost running in iisnode -->

Removing the X-Powered-By: ASP.NET header

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Deploying an ILB ASE + Application Gateway (WAF)

*This method of deploying an ILB ASE is now depricated by Microsoft and is moved to (Classic)* so i have new versions of the deployments:

Deploying ILB ASE (new version) here - https://www.azuretechguy.com/ilb-ase-new

Integrating the App gateway (WAFv2) with the ILB ASE - https://www.azuretechguy.com/ilb-ase-appgw

This lab aims at deploying an ILB ASE from scratch, deploy and configure private DNS to serve the ASE, configuring the VNET, provisioning of the ILB SSL Certificate, creating Web Apps and exposing one of the web apps to the internet by using an Application Gateway in WAF tier.

By doing this you will gain knowledge in ILB ASE, SSL, Domain, private DNS, Application Gateway and WordPress deployment.

Table of Contents:


This is a serious and big lab so it takes time. Here is what actions we will be doing and ~approx. time

  • Buying free internet domain ~20 min
  • Creating the RG + VNET ~5 min
  • Deploying a VM ~10 min
  • Installing and Configuring private DNS ~20-30 min
  • Deploying ILB ASE ~20 min + 1hour deployment time
  • ILB Certificate ~25 min
  • Post-ASE DNS Configuration ~5-10 min
  • Deploying App Service plan + 1st Web App ~10 min
  • Deploying WordPress site + exploring KUDU ~20min
  • Deploying and Configuring Application Gateway ~1 hour + 30 min deployment time

Total ~ 3h

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