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    IIS Admin and troubleshooting tools

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    I keep getting asked by my customers what tools should they have handy so they can troubleshoot problems with IIS more quickly. Having the tools locally provides the admins with the following benefits: The ability to have a play with the tools before...
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    Communicator 2007 bandwidth requirements

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    I came across this info on the bandwidth requirements for Communicator and OCS 2007 server. Hardware and software requirements for Communicator 2007 from the OCS 2007 deployment guide: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=f1d1a947...
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    IIS 7 Architecture

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    Its well worth reading the article up on IIS.NET about the new architecture of IIS 7. This background will provide you with a far better way to troubleshoot IIS. In particular having a clear understanding on the request flow plus any thread pools etc...
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    Another IIS webcast for you!

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    • Throttling Resources and Aiding Performance on IIS Using Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM)—(Level 200) Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) is a new feature in Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition and Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition...
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    Hyper-V and Exchange support

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    I caught this post up on my colleague's blog on Hyper-V and support for Exchange. http://blogs.technet.com/jkruse/archive/2008/06/27/hyper-v-is-here-what-about-exchange.aspx For those hosters who are considering delivering a Hyper-V based solution...
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    Upcoming "Digital Black Belt" Security WebCast Series for Developers.

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    There is a new series of Digital Black Belt Security webcasts aimed at the developer community. You can check out more information here: http://www.microsoft.com/seminar/events/series/digitalblackbelt.mspx http://blogs.msdn.com/JoeStagner http://www.DigitalBlackBelt...
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    HMC 3.5 Shipped

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    The new version of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration has shipped! This is version 3.5 and is a point release for HMC. It is the solution to use for Exchange SP2 which offers Push email and remote device wipe amongst other things. There are also...
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    Announcement! Windows based hosting for Applications!

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    Its out! and on the Microsoft web site: http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/solutions/applicationhosting.mspx This is great news for ISV's out there ready to take the Software as a Service (SaaS) plunge! Hosters should start looking into...
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    Reasons why IIS 7 Rocks!

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    All details relocated from the IIS.NET website: IIS7 is faster and more efficient than any other version of IIS. With IIS7 you can manage whole Web farms from one place . IIS7 allows you to delegate management workload with site owners . Site...
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    Exchange 2007- Are you ready for HMC 4?

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    I'm surprised I have not posted on this in much detail in the past but anyway... The next version of the Hosted messaging and Collaboration solution is called HMC 4 and will be predominantly based on Exchange 2007. Therefore if you are interested...
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    Webcasts on DotNetNuke and ASP.NET 2.0

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    Please have a look at the two webcasts covering running DotNetNuke on ASP.NET 2.0 http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032275044&EventCategory=5&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US Part 1 http://msevents.microsoft...
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    www.start.com

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    One of the incubation projects coming our of MSN... www.start.com Why not have gadgets that call into business applications and display rich live data about your business, customers and opportunities?
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    ADS 1.1 is now available on Microsoft.com

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    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D99A89C9-4321-4BF6-91F9-9CA0DED26734&displaylang=en Key features include support for deploying Windows X64 servers, as well as bundling the Virtual Server Migration Toolkit into the package...
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    Demo and Trial Hosted CRM 4 site released

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    An updated implementation of hosted CRM 4.0 has been released to demo and allow trial of a hosted CRM 4.0 platform. The new site can be found here: http://www.hostedmicrosoftcrmtrial.com/ Note. This is not a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online platform...
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    HMC 3.5 Feature Pack has shipped

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    What happened? HMC 3.5 Feature Pack One was released to the web this evening. What is it? HMC 3.5 Feature Pack One includes additional resource management feature capabilities and some partner-requested solution fixes for the Hosted Messaging...
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    recognise this???

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    http://www.live.com/ similar to the www.start.com post earlier... Microsoft and Software as a Service
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    What a week of acronyms! SaaS, S+S, WPC, MSOnline...

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    So I was fortunate to attend this year's worldwide partner conference over in Houston, Texas For those of you who don't know what this event is all about it's basically the big show of the year for Microsoft partners, 12000 of them in fact I believe...
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    Windows Server 2003, Service Pack 2 and the Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration

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    I had not posted this before but it's important information: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/serviceproviders/hmc_sp2_news.mspx Warning! - August 2007 Installing Windows Server 2003, Service Pack 2 (SP2) on servers running the Microsoft Provisioning...
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    Stepping into the hosting world...

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    Well its been a long time since I last posted on this blog, but thought that with my step into the hosting world, it would be good to restore some order on this blog and start posting on Windows hosting. I have taken on a new role as the UK hosting...
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    Information on IIS 7?

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    (There is a lot of content still missing here but it will get updated going forward) IIS 7 feature reference: The Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 Feature Reference helps you effectively plan, deploy, operate, and troubleshoot your IIS 7...
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    64 bit and hosting

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    Are you planning to purchase hardware for implementation of the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution? Microsoft strongly recommends that you select servers with 64-bit processors for the hosting services platform servers. The large memory access...
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    The Microsoft Hosting Webcast Series

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    There is a new webcast series dedicated to Hosting on the Microsoft Website. http://www.microsoft.com/serviceproviders/solutions/hostingwebcasts.mspx Learn how to meet the growing demand for Windows-based hosting. Discover how deploying Microsoft...
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    Have you registered for this HUGE launch event?

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    US cities launch information for SQL 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and Biztalk 2006: http://www.microsoft.com/events/2005launchevents/default.mspx For the UK specific launch dates and venues etc please see the following: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windowsserversystem...
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    Energy Efficiency and Hosting

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    So we all know in the hosting field that power is a huge factor. In 2006 according to the EPA in the US, datacentres used 61 billion Kilowatt hours (KWH) which is the equivalent to 5.8 million households! Growing to 100Bilion KWH by 2011. This is...
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    New guide: Application Level Firewall protection with Exchange server 2003 and ISA 2004

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    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/isa/2004/plan/firewall-exchange2003.mspx A great in depth article on using ISA server with Exchange 2003.
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