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Experiences of a Web Infrastructure Architect in the Hosting Industry

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    RPC over HTTP with Outlook 2007 beta and Exchange 12

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    Yesterday I finally made the plunge and installed both Windows Vista RC1 and Microsoft Office Beta on my primary work laptop. I've been dabbling with Windows Vista for over a year now, and have even played with the Microsoft Office Beta on my home system...
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    Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit (How I learned to freely burn ISO images in Windows)

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    In my prior life before coming to Microsoft, I didn't use Windows as a server but rarely and as a workstation very little. My main workstation was running on RedHat (or Fedora from time to time), and I managed mostly Unix and Linux servers, only managing...
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    Linux Is No Longer "Free"

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    I find it both amusing and interesting how eventually the major "free" linux distributions had to turn to a service based licensing model. It only makes sense, as the axiom my mother taught me when I was young still holds true: "There ain't no free lunch." With Enterprise level support requirements, comes Enterprise level licening fees. New studies now show that licensing and support costs do not significantly differ between Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, or Novell/SUSE Linux 8...
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    Mysql Triggers Turn on the Heat

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    Peter Gulutzan wrote an interesting article describing his Mysql Triggers Tryout with the latest Alpha build of MySQL 5. I've been a long-time fan of MySQL. I first started using it in 1998, and have watched with great interest as it has matured. It seems that it is working very hard to match the features of the "enterprise" level SQL databases such as Oracle and MS SQL. For quite some time, many enterprise database (MS SQL, Oracle, etc.) advocates have pointed out the lack of features such as t...
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    Bill Gates Speaks on Software Interoperability

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    This idea isn't new, but the fact that Bill is driving focus towards software interoperability is very encouraging. I remember the first time I heard of XML, thinking how it was a nice idea, but that it was a bit "overbilled" and "overhyped". However, I have to admit that using XML as a common interoperability mechanism is a great idea. It allows you to publicize your communication / interoperability schemas without requiring interfacing programs/programmers to understand all of the details abou...
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    RPC over HTTP (why this is a great option for Hosted Exchange)

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    Yesterday I learned about a cool feature that is part of Exchange 2003. RPC over HTTP will allow you to connect to a firewalled exchange server without having to VPN past the firewall. There is a technet guide describing how to set this up at this link....
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    Blog Rules

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    Blog Rules 1/10/2005 One of the reasons I love to blog is how it enables intelligent discussion. The blogger throws out some ideas, and if the post gets enough attention, the post will have some discussions generated in the form of "comments". Sometimes...
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    Knoppix to the Rescue!

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    I found a fun article called " True Stories of Knoppix Rescues ". My first experience with Knoppix was when a co-worker of mine pulled a business-card sized CD out of his wallet during a server emergency. It sure does come in handy to carry around one...
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    The Journey Begins Part 2 - The Early Days of Hosting

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    … Continued from part one : In the beginning of 1999, the small hosting company I worked for (Virtual Servers, LLC.) realized that they were loosing business because they didn’t have a Windows based hosting product offering. By this time we were using...
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    MOMA MIA!

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    I've spent some time checking out Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM) over the two weeks. If you don't know what it is, it's a solution designed to manage the operations of servers and data center infrastructure. I'm extremely impressed by MOM 2005. Let me give you more background as to why. This is of particular interest to me specifically because of my experience with web hosting. In my early days of hosting, we built our own custom operations monitoring software/solution. It was very ba...
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    Almost There

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    Last week I was in Atlanta to pack up my families stuff and close on my house. Everything went relatively smooth, but I'll hold my breath until everything is delivered out of storage. The good news is that my house closed, so I'm officially homeless now...
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    The Journey Begins Part 3 - Abuse, Automation, Management, and Aquisition

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    As we last left my chronicle of my experiences in Web Hosting, I was the sole systems administrator at Virtual Servers. The systems were running high on load average, which isn't surprising given what we were running on the hardware that was available back then. I quickly realized that the only way to begin to address the problems in any meaningful way was to automate fixes and avoid short-term "band-aid" fixes....
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    Visual Web Developer Express 2005

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    If you want to get a look at the new version of ASP.Net which is now in Beta 2, a great way to get started is to download Visual Web Developer Express 2005. It can be downloaded for free from http://beta.asp.net/ , and acts as an entry level to the Visual...
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    RedHat Cap at MMS 2005

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    Even though I didn't get as many comments as I'd hoped , the few that I received convinced me to commence wearing my RedHat cap at the Microsoft Management Summit 2005 in Las Vegas. I wore it on Thursday. It was a good day to wear it, as just the day...
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    Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.5 released

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    Today Microsoft released the latest version of the Solution for Hosted Messenging and Collaboration . HMC 3.5 is a complete solution for offering hosted exchange in conjunction with sharepoint and live communications server. It's pretty slick, and any...
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    The Journey Begins

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    With this post, a new blog is born. Keep reading, as this isn't your typical blog by your typical Microsoft employee. My name is Deven Kampenhout. I'm not new to blogging, but you probably won't find my name on other blogs, as I've posted as an anonymous alias in the past. My blog wasn't only technically oriented, but was more of a creative expression of whatever was on my mind. This blog will be focused primarily on technology, especially about the battle between Microsoft and Open Source i...
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    Tired of the same themes anyone?

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    I really like blogging. I'm very glad for blogs.msdn.com . I also think Community Server (the software on which blogs.msdn.com is built) is a great piece of software. Today I was reading some of the other posts from blogs.msdn.com and I noticed a post...
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    The Little Worm that Couldn't

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    I read an interesting article posted here about a worm written to affect MySQL installations on Windows servers. In a nutshell, the worm replicates itself by scanning the internet and local networks for MySQL servers and brute-force guessing the root account password. Once it gains entry to a system, it launches connections to a remote IRC server and pushes itself into the background, allowing MySQL to run normally....
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    A little housekeeping

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    I guess I got a little more attention than I expected when I posted my "Linux is no longer free" post. In expressing my opinion about how the major linux distributions which target enterprises are now charging premiums for usage/support of their distributions...
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    Linux Can't Kill Windows

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    Today when reading slashdot , I was referenced to an article that so eloquently states what I've been thinking for some time now: You can quit proclaiming Linux the Windows killer. Linux is established and has a niche that, as various pendulums...
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    Blogging from MMS 2005

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    What do you think? Should I wear the RedHat cap to MMS 2005? Let me know and post comments to my blog. Your voice will determine whether I wear the cap or not....
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    Back from Vegas

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    I just got back from being in Las Vegas for a few days for the CSNA offsite meeting. Overall, I enjoyed the meetings as it helped me get a better understanding of the organization I'm working in, and to meet all of the members of my team in person for...
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    I need more if I'm going to wear the RedHat Cap to MMS

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    Come on people! I need more of you saying that I should wear my cap if I'm going to do it. So far, there are only two comments on my post asking whether I should wear my RedHat cap to MMS 2005 to draw attention to the fact that for companies like Web...
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    European Web Hoster on Strike

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    According to an article posted at thewhir.com , Nearly the entire staff for European Web hosting provider Amen ( amenworld.com ) has been on strike since its parent company Via Net.Works announced early last week that it had been acquired by Claranet...
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    MOM for Heterogeneous Environments (part 1)

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    I talked with the CTO of Jalasoft yesterday at MMS 2005. They build connectors and management packs for MOM. The interesting thing about their product is that they also support linux monitoring. They do this via an agent that is installed on the managed...
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