David Wang

David Wang on IIS, ISAPI, Exchange, Virtual Server, and whatever else I fancy...
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  • David Wang

    HOWTO: Install and Run PHP on IIS7, Part 3

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    A short while ago, I came out with a small script to properly configure PHP for IIS7. Sure enough, I got asked to make a similar one for IIS6. So, I figure that while I am at it, I might as well cover IIS4, IIS5, and IIS5.1 as well since it is not very...
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    IIS Configuration Woes with ADSI, WMI, and VBScript

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    You know, configuration of IIS can be quite confusing, with the various interfaces, paradigms, and programming languages. However, if you keep your wits about you, you can avoid the common pitfalls... Question: I need help with the following code...
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    Anatomy of an Application Pool Crash

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    Question: Ok, I read through David Wang's Troubleshooting crashes thing and got the DebugDiag and I am able to reproduce the problem. If I select Hang, and type in one of the website addresses that we host on this server, the moment the Hang Test...
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    HOWTO: Install and Run PHP on IIS7, Part 2

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    A couple of months ago, I wrote a quick and dirty entry on how to install PHP on IIS7. The main purpose of that entry was to explain the details of what was going on as well as cookie-cutter instructions of one way to successfully install PHP on IIS7...
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    ISAPI Filter and the IIS6 Process Model

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    Question: In IIS6, is there a way to have a top-level filter run in a process space separate from each website's process space? Under IIS5, our filter has been used to store a large data cache to reduce the number of round trips to our database. Now...
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    Much Ado About...

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    Nothing! Maybe it is just the summer-time lull, but I have not been terribly motivated to write anything lately. Alas, the IIS newsgroup has not been spawning anything interesting nor new in terms of issues either, and my private blog comments are...
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    Be Weary of Stylish Fonts and Commandlines!

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    I see variations of this common "stylish" mistake all the time... so I will highlight it this one time. Question: Hi, according to http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/69a58513-141a-4adb-b6bc-2aaad4ea77b8...
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    Thoughts on Debugging IIS7

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    Hmm... it seems that ever since I made the blog entry about how to install PHP on IIS7, I seem to have become the default tech-support for PHP/IIS7 issues. That'll teach me to ever post beta guidance again - I just get more "help, I've fallen and I can...
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    Blog Spam, Part 2

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    Three months ago, I ranted in this blog entry about blog comment spam. Well, it appears that the arms race of allowing anonymous blog comments (which I deem highly important) has been steadily escalating, and the latest crop of blog comment spam are pretty...
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    Reflection 2006

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    About twelve months ago, I started to hit a comfort zone with blogging. I had written a lot of initial content the prior two months, started to get a small number of private blog comments as well as a handful of comments to various posts, and I paid attention...
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    HOWTO: Enumerate IIS website and ftpsite configuration (VBScript using ADSI)

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    I recently got a request to make a script to illustrate how to enumerate useful values from both Web and FTP sites serviced by IIS, so I decided to make some additions to the original script tool located here to allow it to easily enumerate both Web and...
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    Back from Europe... amidst a flood of comments

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    Ok... I have just returned from my three week vacation in Europe. Jet-lag is kicking in about now, so I am going to sleep. I had a blast visiting London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Cologne, Brussels, Luxembourg, and Amsterdam... I will get to observations...
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    Eurotrip. Back in Early June

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    Well, it is time for me to take a vacation . For the next three weeks, I will be intentionally disconnected from technology and touring through a north/central Europe. Oh, yes, I need the break to disconnect and re-center myself. I have not done that...
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    IIS and Email?

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    Ok, this question simply dumbstruck me with its improper assumptions that I felt necessary to respond... Question: Hi, I just started working at a new startup company that does all their email via an IIS server, POPing into outlook express. I would...
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    HOWTO: Useful ASP page to retrieve Request and send Response Headers

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    I am finishing up on the series of ASP pages that show how to: Send Responses of arbitrary Status Code Send Responses with arbitrary types of Entity Body Send Responses with arbitrary Headers (this entry) Query Request Headers (this entry...
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    Perspectives on Design and Support

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    I started typing this as a response to this blog entry and then decided that I was investing a little too much of myself into the response... so here goes. The original question was about "how to install Virtual Server, install its VSWebApp.exe component...
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    Taxonomy of a Product Team's Roles at Microsoft

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    I started posting this as a blog response elsewhere, and then I decided that I was having way too much fun composing it to leave it stranded as a mere comment... so here is my take on Product Team Roles at Microsoft. Yes, read it with a grain of salt...
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    Office Automation and IIS

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    Every once in a while, I see users asking about how to automate Office applications on the server, either to create a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, or Powerpoint slidedeck. I understand the noble intentions to re-leverage the functionality of Office...
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    HOWTO: Access POST form data with ISAPI

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    This is a frequently asked question about IIS6 extensibility - how to access the request entity body on the way in - as well as how to configure IIS. Question: I want to catch all incoming requests, add some header and watch it when its out. Therefore...
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    Thoughts on Delegating IIS Configuration and Administration

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    Question I am running IIS 6.0 on Windows 2003 Server. our web developers needed to create or edit websites, for security reasons I cannot simply give them admin rights or the password to the admin account. I have created an account for them to logon...
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    HOWTO: Useful ASP page to return configurable HTTP Status codes

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    Sometimes, you just want a simple test page on IIS to do some automated testing of your code that interacts with IIS. Here is another useful one in the series. Question: Hi, I have some negative testing therefore need to have IIS to return 403...
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    Java Applets and IIS

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    Question: Hi, I'm involved with supporting a web application on IIS. Part of that application involves a Java applet, which runs fine. My problem is this: if Java is not installed on the client machine, the browser automatically downloads and installs...
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    HOWTO: Rename the Computer running IIS6

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    Question: Hi , I have two web servers. One web server(w2k3Ent) and IIS 6.0 in a work group and One identical Web Server in the Domain. I want to now rename the Server names of the both, to comply some policy. Will the IIS functionality be affected...
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    Stop fiddling with the Keyboard Layout!

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    I swear... sometimes, I wonder what the MS Hardware Group which works on keyboards is thinking. As I see it, they have a really simple job - find and keep the keyboard layout that works for the users, and lead/innovate/maintain with the technologies...
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    Taking a break. Eurotrip

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    In two weeks, I will be heading off to Europe for a three week vacation touring Denmark, northern Germany, Benelux, with a brief stop through London. No worries... I am going to queue up treatises of some very interesting topics as blog entries inside...
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