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  • Blog Post: Using Windows Authentication with Web Deploy and WMSVC

    By default in Windows Server 2008 when you are using the Web Management Service (WMSVC) and Web Deploy (also known as MSDeploy) it will use Basic authentication to perform your deployments. If you want to enable Windows Authentication you will need to set a registry key so that the Web Management Service...
  • Blog Post: Managing ASP.NET Configuration Settings using IIS Manager

    Today somebody asked a question about how to manage some ASP.NET configuration settings such as changing the trust level of the application and adding a few application settings and changing compilation settings to debug. I thought it would be trivial to search the web for an article or something that...
  • Blog Post: Using the SEO Toolkit to generate a Sitemap of a remote Web Site

    The SEO Toolkit includes a set of features (like Robots Editor and Sitemap Editor) that only work when you are working with a local copy of your Web Site. The reason behind it is that we have to understand where we need to save the files that we need to generate (like Robots.txt and Sitemap XML files...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Toolkit and W3C Validation Service

    One thing that I’ve been asked several times about the SEO Toolkit is if it does a full standards validation on the markup and content that is processed, and if not, to add support for more comprehensive standards validation, in particular XHTML and HTML 4.01. Currently the markup validation performed...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: IIS SEO Toolkit v1.0.1

    Last week we released a refresh for the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit v1.0. This version is a minor update that includes fixes for all the important bugs reported in the IIS.NET SEO Forum . Some of the fixes included in this version are: Pages sending the XHTML content type 'application...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Toolkit – Crawler Module Extensibility

    Sample SEO Toolkit CrawlerModule Extensibility In this blog we are going to write an example on how to extend the SEO Toolkit functionality, so for that we are going to pretend our company has a large Web site that includes several images, and now we are interested in making sure all of them comply...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Toolkit Extensibility

    The IIS SEO Toolkit includes a lot of functionality built-in such as built-in violation rules, processing of different content types (like HTML, CSS, RSS, etc) and more, however it might not do all the things that you would need it to do, for example, it might not process a set of documents that you...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Toolkit - New Reports (Redirects and Link Depth)

    In the new version of the IIS SEO Toolkit we added two new reports that are very interesting, both from an SEO perspective as well as from user experience and site organization. These reports are located in the Links category of the reports Redirects This report shows a summary of all the redirects that...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: IIS SEO Toolkit v1.0 release

    Today we are announcing the final release of the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit v1.0 . This version builds upon the Beta 1 and Beta 2 versions and is 100% compatible with those versions so any report you currently have continues to work in the new version. The new version includes a set...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Toolkit – Report Comparison

    One of my favorites features in the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit is what we called Report Comparison. Report Comparison basically allows you to compare two different versions of the results of crawling the same site to see what changed in between. This is a really convenient way to track...
  • Blog Post: Adding IIS Manager Users and Permissions using PowerShell

    Today somebody ask in the IIS.net Forums how could they automate the process of adding IIS Manager Users and their Permissions using a script or a command line and I thought it would be useful to post something that hopefully will be easy to find and refer to. One way they found to do it through configuration...
  • Blog Post: IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit – Announcing Beta 2

    Yesterday we released the Beta 2 version of the IIS Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Toolkit . This version builds upon Beta 1 adding a set of new features and several bug fixes reported through the SEO forum : Report Comparison . Now you have the ability to compare two reports and track a lot...
  • Blog Post: SEO Tip - Beware of the Login pages - add them to Robots Exclusion

    A lot of sites today have the ability for users to sign in to show them some sort of personalized content, whether its a forum, a news reader, or some e-commerce application. To simplify their users life they usually want to give them the ability to log on from any page of the Site they are currently...
  • Blog Post: IIS SEO Tip - Do not stress your server, limit the number of concurrent requests

    The other day somebody ask me if there was a way to limit the amount of work that Site Analysis in IIS SEO Toolkit would cause to the server. This is interesting for a couple of reasons, You might want to reduce the load that Site Analysis cause to your server at any given time You might have a Denial...
  • Blog Post: Redirects, 301, 302 and IIS SEO Toolkit

    In the URL Rewrite forum somebody posted the question " are redirects bad for search engine optimization ?". The answer is: not necessarily, Redirects are an important tool for Web sites and if used in the right context they actually are a required tool. But first a bit of background. What...
  • Blog Post: Canonical Formats and Query Strings - IIS SEO Toolkit

    Today somebody was running the IIS SEO Toolkit and using the Site Analysis feature flagged a lot of violations about "The page contains multiple canonical formats.". The reason apparently is that he uses Query String parameters to pass contextual information or other information between pages...
  • Blog Post: Are you caching your images and scripts? IIS SEO can tell you

    One easy way to enhance the experience of users visiting your Web site by increasing the perceived performance of navigating in your site is to reduce the number of HTTP requests that are required to display a page. There are several techniques for achieving this, such as merging scripts into a single...
  • Blog Post: Announcing: IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit Beta 1

    Today we are releasing the IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit . The IIS SEO Toolkit is a set of features that aim to help you keep your Web site and its content in good shape for both Users and Search Engines. The features that are included in this Beta release include: Site Analysis. This...
  • Blog Post: IIS Manager Online Help Link gets updated

    While using IIS Manager, did you ever wondered what configuration section is this UI changing? Is there a way I could automate this using scripts or command line? Well, if you use IIS Manager 7.0 you might have noticed that we have a link in every page called Online Help, and if you've ever clicked...
  • Blog Post: Using IIS Manager Users Authentication in your Web Application

    Today in the IIS.NET Forums a question was asked if it was possible to use the same IIS Manager Users authentication in the context of a Web Application so that you could have say something like WebDAV using the same credentials as you use when using IIS Manager Remote Administration. The IIS Manager...
  • Blog Post: Application Request Routing and the IIS 7.0 Web Management Service

    Yesterday I was having a conversation with Anil Ruia who happens to be the ARR (Application Request Routing) developer and based on customer feedback we discussed the idea of using ARR in the context of Remote Management in IIS which solves a question that several people asked me before and thought it...
  • Blog Post: IIS 7.0 Remote Administration and Database Manager Video

    DiscountASP.net published a very nice video that shows how you can enable IIS Manager and Database Manager and other modules for their customers. If you don't use DiscountASP.net as your ISP at least its interesting to see how IIS 7.0 and its Remote Administration capabilities over HTTPS and Delegated...
  • Blog Post: DiscountASP.net releases new IIS 7.0 Manager modules

    DiscountASP.net who has been a very close partner of the IIS Team leading several offerings of our platform - including IIS Manager Remote Delegated Access to the Web Site and many other cool tools - has just built and released yet another cool module that extends the IIS Manager capabilities by having...
  • Blog Post: IIS 7.0 Site ID Computation

    In my previous post I mentioned that IIS Manager (more specifically Microsoft.Web.Administration) has two algorithms for assigning a Site ID when no ID is specified. The two algorithms are: Incremental Site ID . When this algorithm is configured we will assign the first consecutive number available...
  • Blog Post: IIS Admin Pack: Database Manager

    OK, this blog entry sat in my drafts for more than a month now, but finally today I will be talking about another cool feature of the IIS Admin Pack , Database Manager. Database Manager allows you to easily manage a SQL Server Database from within the IIS Manager User Interface. Now, why would you...
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