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  • Blog Post: AppFabric WCF Service Template (C#)

    Now available Download the AppFabric WCF Service Template C# Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) is Microsoft’s unified programming model for building service-oriented applications. Windows Server AppFabric provides tools for managing and monitoring your web services and workflows. The AppFabric WCF...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric and the new Web Platform Installer (3.0)

    When the new Web Platform Installer (3.0) was released I had trouble finding Windows Server AppFabric.  The new UI can be a little confusing so to save you some trouble here are the instructions for installing Windows Server AppFabric. The Simple Way Use this link it will launch the web platform...
  • Blog Post: WCF and AppFabric Auto-Start

    Auto-start is a really cool feature of Windows Server AppFabric. Recently I was asked about how you can do some kind of process initialization in your code with Auto-start (which the documentation implies that you can do). This led to a discussion with a number of questions that we want to address ...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - AppFabric Caching vs. IBM eXtreme Scale benchmark

    Greg Leake has been at it again. He has emerged from his lab with the latest results of benchmark testing of Windows Server AppFabric Caching vs. IBM eXtreme Scale and the results are something you definitely want to see. Microsoft ® Windows ® Server AppFabric vs. IBM ® WebSphere ®...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric WCF DataService (C#)

    Today I’m happy to announce the availability of a new Feature Builder based template for Windows Server AppFabric and WCF Data Services. This template is an evolution of the previous AppFabric-enabled WCF Data Service (C#) template. WCF Data Services enables the creation and consumption...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric - Windows Server 2003 Distributed Cache Client

    If you are looking for Windows Server AppFabric Distributed Cache Client for Windows Server 2003 at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=193370 the link is currently broken The correct location is Windows Server AppFabric - Windows Server 2003 Distributed Cache Client
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric Domain Security

    In this episode, Michael McKeown describes how the Windows Server AppFabric Security Model works in a domain environment.
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric Local Security

    In this episode, Michael McKeown describes the security model used in Windows Server AppFabric, which spans Windows Security Groups and SQL Server Database Roles.
  • Blog Post: Monitoring WCF Data Service Exceptions with Windows Server AppFabric

    After my previous post about how you can monitor service calls with AppFabric, several people asked about how you can capture errors with AppFabric. Unfortunately, the default error handling behavior of WCF Data Services does not work well with AppFabric. Though it does return HTTP status codes to the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric now Generally Available

    We are thrilled to announce the final availability of Windows Server AppFabric! As announced today at TechEd North America, Windows Server AppFabric is available for download to Windows Server 2008 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition customers.  Additional information...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric - Server Farm Setup

    You asked for it...here it is. In this episode, Byron Tardif is back to explain how you can setup Windows Server AppFabric in a server farm environment. For more information, see the Windows Server AppFabric Developer Center on MSDN .
  • Blog Post: Now available!: Windows Server AppFabric RC and BizTalk Server 2010 beta

    Several weeks ago, I told you about our upcoming Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch event . Today, I am pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Server AppFabric Release Candidate (RC). To learn more, I recommend tuning into the keynote (and the many other sessions we have going on...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Troubleshooting with AppFabric

    Troubleshooting applications in production is always a challenge. With AppFabric monitoring your workflows and services, you get great information about exactly what is happening, including notices about unhandled exceptions. In this episode, Michael McKeown will show you more about how you can use these...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Virtual Launch on May 20th – Save the Date

    To close out the month of April, I’m happy to share news of the event that the group will be conducting next month to launch Windows Server AppFabric and BizTalk Server. On May 20th @8:30 pacific, we will be kicking off the Application Infrastructure Virtual Launch Event on the web. The event will focus...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Ten Tips for Troubleshooting with the Windows Server AppFabric Dashboard

    When you write the product documentation you learn all kinds of cool inside tips about how to use it. In this episode, Michael McKeown shares 10 tips for troubleshooting using the dashboard. Be sure to check out the AppFabric Wiki for more great tips, and to share yours as well.
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 Refresh for Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4 RTM

    Today we are pleased to announce a Beta 2 Refresh for Windows Server AppFabric. This build supports the recently released .NET Framework 4 and Visual Studio 2010 RTM versions—a request we’ve had from a number of you. Organizations wanting to use Windows Server AppFabric with the final RTM versions of...
  • Blog Post: endpoint.tv - Windows Server AppFabric - Configuring Monitoring Data

    Windows Server AppFabric has extensive monitoring capabilities, which go beyond simply writing events to the server event log. In this video, Michael McKeown explains how you can configure the monitoring level and scope for your workflows and services deployed in IIS with AppFabric. For more great videos...
  • Blog Post: Developing Web Services on IIS with Windows Server AppFabric

    While Windows Server AppFabric is a great addition to your server to production management monitoring and troubleshooting you might be interested to learn that it can also be very useful at development time. You can install Windows Server AppFabric on your Windows 7 development environment using the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 RTM

    The emails are rolling in…  Usually they say something like this. Hi Ron - I installed VS2010 and the .NET 4.0 Framework RTM versions yesterday. I then went to re-install Windows Server AppFabric from the Web Platform Installer, but it has a dependency on the .NET 4.0 Framework RC. Is there a build...
  • Blog Post: Today on http://endpoint.tv – Windows Server AppFabric Dashboard Overview

    Windows Server AppFabric has this great new Dashboard that gives you insight into what is happening with your services and workflows. In this video, Senior Programming Writer Michael McKeown shows you what the Dashboard can do for you. Watch it now on endpoint.tv For more on the AppFabric Dashboard see...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Architecture

    A l ong time ago , applications running on Windows Server were simply EXEs, where developers wrote a lot of custom code on top of the Operating System (OS) to interact with clients and other applications over the network. COM+ and Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) were added to make it easier to write...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric Beta 2 is Available!

    We are excited to announce that the Beta 2 release of Windows Server AppFabric is now available for download via http://msdn.microsoft.com/appfabric . This is the Windows Server AppFabric build that works with the RC (Release Candidate) build of Visual Studio 2010/.NET 4. Windows Server AppFabric is...
  • Blog Post: Workflow Persistence in the Windows Server AppFabric

    What does the persistence subsystem do? The persistence subsystem is responsible for making a workflow instance durable. Durable workflow instances can be unloaded from memory and reloaded on the same or a different machine at a later point in time. This way, the persistence subsystem enables scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring and troubleshooting with .NET 4 and Windows Server AppFabric

    By now you may have read about the exciting new capabilities in Windows Server AppFabric . In this post we will dive deeper into the features that enable monitoring and troubleshooting of your WCF and WF applications. The monitoring capabilities for WCF and WF applications in AppFabric are built using...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Enhancements in .NET4 and Windows Server AppFabric

    This blog post drills down on the various hosting capabilities of WCF and WF in .NET 4 and for Window Server AppFabric as introduced in in the Introduction to AppFabric blog entry. When referring to hosting, I am discussing the features of the “application environment”, which enables execution and...
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