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  • Blog Post: Web Farm Framework 2.1 released

    The IIS team have provided a servicing release for Web Farm Framework 2. See also: WFF home page WFF documentation HTH Doug PS If you experience a crash of the MMC, with system event ID 13 from IIS-IISManager with ‘System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException: InvalidArgument=Value of '-1' is not valid for 'index...
  • Blog Post: Web server security and health tools

    A couple of interesting tools for examining and keeping track of server configuration, particularly from the point of view of security: Web Application Configuration Analyzer v2.0 (not just for security, 2003/2008/2008R2) Attach Surface Analyzer Beta (not just for web servers, Vista/2008 and above) HTH...
  • Blog Post: How to figure out why your web application is running slow.

    I came across this great “portal article” (by which I mean it has links to resources on a particular topic) about Developer Tools & Platforms Performance It starts of with a short plug for Microsoft advisory services but then moves onto a long list of self-help resources, including articles, blog...
  • Blog Post: Errors installing ASP.NET 4.0

    Here is a little problem you might run into when trying to use aspnet_regiis.exe to register ASP.NET 4 on a site. C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319>aspnet_regiis -i Start installing ASP.NET (4.0.30319). ....... Finished installing ASP.NET (4.0.30319). Setup has detected some errors during...
  • Blog Post: New KB: Description of default permissions and user rights for IIS 7.0 in Windows Server 2008

    This new KB was published recently. Quite a useful reference if you are ever troubleshooting issues with IIS 7.0 that you think may be permission related: Description of default permissions and user rights for IIS 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 HTH Doug
  • Blog Post: Learn IIS7 : short tutorial videos available on IIS.NET, plus more

    There is a lot of great information available to help you learn IIS7 over at IIS.NET . Also available are short video tutorials. Unless I am missing something there is no overall list of the available videos so here is one I've created... Installing necessary IIS7 components (10 minutes) Serving new...
  • Blog Post: Useful tools and add-ons for IIS troubleshooting and IIS7

    Content deleted because the links on it just got totally out of date and broken after 6 years. Doug
  • Blog Post: time-taken

    The "time-taken" field in IIS logs can be useful for figuring out whether your web site is performing as well as expected. Starting with IIS6, this value includes the time for the response to be fully received by the client, unlike in previous versions of IIS. Note that in IIS6 this field is not enabled...
  • Blog Post: Powerful new admin automation options for IIS7

    In version 7 of IIS a powerful new API for administering the server from managed code is exposed in the Microsoft.Web.Administration namespace. Carlos has a cool blog post showing how to combine this with the Linq features of the upcoming .NET 3.5 release to create some very elegant code to perform IIS7...
  • Blog Post: Profile of Scott Guthrie in the Microsoft Architecture Journal

    I came across this interesting profile of Scott Guthrie. It covers some of the history of how ASP.NET came about as well as how ASP.NET was the first product to take a big bet on the CLR. If you don't subscribe to it already, I would strongly recommend subscribing to Scott's blog . It's a great source...
  • Blog Post: Good article on making ASP.NET applications perform well

    Came across this article recently (someone pointed it out to me but I can't remember who, sorry). It has 15 timeless tips for ensuring your ASP.NET applications perform well. Talking about performance, if you are looking for a tool to test your application's performance and scalability, we just released...
  • Blog Post: Orcas, Longhorn and more

    [ update 20:43 27/4/7 - apologies to those reading via RSS if this is a duplicate, but I felt compelled to fix the typo pointed out by Mike as well as various other typos caused by writing a blog entry before the first coffee of the day!] I don't know. I turn my blogging back for 2 minutes and what...
  • Blog Post: IIS7 Resources

    IIS7 Module reference IIS 7.0 Managed Pipeline Modes Why don't I get ETW events from ASP.NET in Vista? Explore The Web Server For Windows Vista And Beyond Longhorn Server revealed: Five IIS enhancements you should know about DinnerNow.Net Windows Vista Brings a Better Web Server
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