This article was previously published under Q247404
Web administrators who use Internet Information Services (IIS) may need to periodically disable the caching of content that changes frequently. This article describes how to set the value of the Cache-Control HTTP Header by using Active Server Pages (ASP), as well as the metabase property CacheControlCustom.
When you work with content that often changes, you may want to specify what content can be cached and what cannot, and if the client or a proxy server should cache the content. You can specify these options in IIS through the CacheControlCustom property, which can be set for the entire server, a particular Web site, or a specific physical or virtual directory. Setting this property returns HTTP headers that resemble the following:
HTTP/1.1 200 OKServer: Microsoft-IIS/5.0Cache-Control: <CACHE SETTING>Content-Type: <type>/<subtype>Content-Length: <size of content>
The cache setting value is determined by the HTTP/1.1 specification.
The HTTP/1.1 specification in RFC 2616 defines several values for the Cache-Control header. The following list contains a few of the more common values that are used.
Public:The HTTP response may be cached by any cache. For example, either a client or a proxy server can cache the response. This allows sharing of content across users who are using the same proxy server.
Private:The response message is intended for a single client and must not be cached by a shared cache. For example, a proxy server should not cache the response even though a client can. This allows the client to maintain a cached version, while other clients that are using the same proxy server maintain different cached versions.
No-cache:No cache in the entire path should maintain a cached copy of the response. This allows you to specify that neither the client or proxy server will respond to a subsequent content request by using a cached version.
Setting the Cache-Control Property
The following examples define different methods for setting this value:
For a Page
Using Active Server Pages (ASP), the following ASP code disables caching of a particular page: