MIME Types

IIS will not serve files that it does not recognize the extention for. These are configured in the mime types. This become a hassel if you are trying to serve arbitrary file types, say as part of a network install point.

The work around is to serv all files it doesn't know as an octet stream (binary)


__From Microsoft__
If you want to serve all files regardless of the file name extension (for example, if you cannot predict all files that will be served), follow these steps to add a wildcard character mapping:

Note You should only add the wildcard mapping to the IIS MIME map as a temporary solution during troubleshooting. After you have determined that a missing MIME type is the cause of the issue, remove the wildcard mapping and add the specific mapping for the MIME type that you need to serve.
# Open the IIS Microsoft Management Console (MMC), right-click the local computer name, and then click Properties.
# Click MIME Types.
# Click New.
# In the Extension box, type an asterisk (*).
# In the MIME Type box, type application/octet-stream.
# Apply the new settings. Note that you must restart the World Wide Web Publishing Service or wait for the worker process to recycle for the changes to take effect.
Specifically for Macromedia, you need to add a setting to most CFMX7 servers to serve up FLVs. We've done this as some point, perhapse for Nicolae

* Associated Extension box: .FLV
* MIME Type box: flv-application/octet-stream