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  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 5)

    What is particularly interesting about HTTP.SYS is that it has an API and it can be used to write/roll your own HTTP endpoint. Nice!! Currently there is only a C API , but with Whidbey you have access to a managed API to HTTP.SYS. Here is a sample (via Don's blog ) of the HTTPListener class that comes...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 3)

    In my opinion 2 of the more important parts of the new architecture in IIS 6.0 are: the addition of a HTTP endpoint that is separate and distinct from IIS, i.e. HTTP.SYS the new process model in IIS 6.0, which is called Worker Process Isolation Mode (WPIM). The separation of the HTTP endpoint from IIS...
  • Blog Post: IIS6 and Windows 2003 (Part 4)

    If you want to configure HTTP.SYS, you need a tool call HttpCfg.exe. By default this tool is not installed on either Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP (with SP2 installed). So for Windows Server 2003 you need to go to the "\SUPPORT\TOOLS" folders on the installation CD for the version of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and HTTP.sys

    hmmm, I forgot to mention that HTTP.SYS is part of Windows XP Service Pack 2!! Oppsss It's originally a part of the Windows 2003 server SKU's, but with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP it is now part of Windows XP. I guess the most obvious thing to mention before I even start posting a few blogs about HTTP...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 2 Support Tools

    located at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=49ae8576-9bb9-4126-9761-ba8011fabf38&displaylang=en <extract> Overview The Windows Support Tools for Microsoft Windows XP are intended for use by Microsoft support personnel and experienced users to assist in diagnosing and...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows XP Service Pack 2 E-Learning Clinics

    There are free Windows XP Service Pack 2 E-Learning Clinics, located at https://www.microsoftelearning.com/xpsp2/ So if you are an IT-Pro or Dev and you want to get up to speed on whats included in XP SP2 , the clinics includes the following sessions: Clinic 2851: Deploying and Administering Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Newly released: The Platform SDK for Windows® XP Service Pack 2 support

    Newly released: The Platform SDK for Windows® XP Service Pack 2 support
  • Blog Post: Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2

    Yesterday, the Application Compatibility Testing and Mitigation Guide for Windows XP Service Pack 2 was published. This guide considers potential application compatibility issues that may arise after a Service Pack 2 deployment. The guide provides mitigation procedures that can be followed to overcome...
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 -Videos, how-to topics, and more

    Videos, how-to topics, and more can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;[ln];xpsp2cnfghowto There you will find quite a comprehensive list of step-by-step directions for configuring and setting up SP2.
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and DCOM Callbacks

    via greggm , some of the changes in XP SP2 and DCOM Callbacks .
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and SQL Server

    If you use SQL Server on Windows XP, some of the changes that are incorported in XP SP2 are going to affect the installation of SQL Server. A kb article can be found at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;841249 . It outlines how to configure XP SP2 for use with SQL Server. Also,...
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and Remote Debugging

    With the security enchancements in XP SP2, Remote Debugging will be disabled. To Enable remote debugging you need to follow the steps outlined here .
  • Blog Post: If an application stops working after you install XP2, it is possibly the firewall....

    The link to the KB Article is here . With the firewall on XP SP2, there are some ports etc.. that need to be enabled for some applications to work. This KB articles outlines some of the known applications that require some changes to the firewall etc... <Extract> SUMMARY After you install Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Description of the Internet Explorer Information Bar in Windows XP SP2

    You will find a KB article that describes what the Internet Explorer Information Bar in Windows XP SP2 is The articles does not have a screen shot of the actual Information Bar, so you can see a picture of it here or here
  • Blog Post: List of fixes included in Service Pack 2 for Windows XP

    The list of fixes in XP SP2 are listed here http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=811113
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 Harddisk requirements

    The hard disk space requirements for Windows XP Service Pack 2 can be found here
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 Screenshots

    XP SP2 Screenshots can be foud here
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 Support Center

    The XP SP2 Support Center is here In the XP SP2 Support Center you will find information on the following: Installing Service Pack 2 Learning about Windows XP SP2 Preparing your computer for installation of Windows XP SP2 How to get Windows XP SP2 Installing Windows XP SP2 What to do after installing...
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 is Released To Manufacting (RTM)

    XP SP2 is Released To Manufacting (RTM), the offical announcement can be found here . The offical anouncement was made on Friday the 6th of August.
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 Release notes

    The XP SP2 Release notes can be found here
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 download (aka RTM) can be found at...

    At the moment (as at 8-8-04), the RTM is now available for download via MSDN Subscriber Downloads . The CD ISO image is 475.35MB. This service pack will be available to all as a regular download soon. The availability will be phased, starting with the beta testers of SP2 , then Automatic Updates and...
  • Blog Post: changes to 16-bit COM and 32-bit COM interaction after XP SP2 RC2

    Details for this can be found on the XP SP2 RC2 Readme file . i.e. you see one of the following errors: For 32-bit servers: Error 2, Access Denied. For 16-bit clients: 0x80010104: RPC could not call the server or could not return the results of calling the server.
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and Biztalk 2004

    As Scott Woodgate has pointed out, due to the lockdown of the XP Worstation with SP2, some of the services for Biztalk are disabled. Read here for more. Also, futher details for this can be found on the XP SP2 RC2 Readme file
  • Blog Post: XP SP2 and the changes for DCOM, COM and RPC

    For the skinny on how the security enhancements in XP SP2 is going to change DCOM, COM and RPC, go here
  • Blog Post: 4 MSDN Webcasts on XP SP2 are going to take place this week - They are aimed at developers and what are the changes in SP2

    MSDN Webcast: Overview of XP SP2 for Developers - Level 200 Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2004 Time: 11:00AM-12:30PM Pacific Time (GMT-8, US & Canada) Description: Review the changes that Windows XP Service Pack 2 delivers and what they mean for you. Windows XP SP2 is designed to deliver a number of safety...
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