Rakki Muthukumar

my journey with microsoft technologies - IIS/ASP.NET/AJAX/C#/Javascript/IE

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  • Blog Post: Auto Install IIS in the Microsoft Azure VM that you are creating

    The world is moving fast, actually faster! You too want to do things faster, right? Why wait until the VM is created, provisioned, available over RDP, login, etc to do a few initial stuff. Of course, you can upload your custom VM image, and bring up a Virtual Machine from the image, but few times you...
  • Blog Post: MSDEPLOY – Can I use it to migrate my IIS6 to another IIS6? oh yes!

    I was working with one of our partner who want to migrate 30+ sites from an existing IIS6 server, to a new IIS6 server. We had an old tool IIS6 Migration Tool which would come handy, but this would be requiring 30 steps to migrate 30 websites one by one. Here comes the new tool which was specifically...
  • Blog Post: Getting System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception while querying SCM from ASP.NET

    Symptoms Getting “System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Access is denied” on an ASP.NET website. Below is the complete exception details: Exception Details: System.ComponentModel.Win32Exception: Access is denied Source Error: An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web...
  • Blog Post: IIS – Getting “Connection_Abandoned_By_AppPool DefaultAppPool” – File Version Mismatch

    Today, I was working with a customer of mine who had some problems in configuring a Virus Definitions Distribution Point for Symantec Live Update on IIS. Another module hosted on a different web-server has a button to test this distribution point, and we were seeing that the test on this Distribution...
  • Blog Post: ADSUTIL.vbs – Copying a website

    Copying a website (to another exact copy) Here is the command to copy a website(run from a cmd prompt – c:\inetpub\adminscripts): > cscript.exe adsutil.vbs copy <source> <destination> > cscript.exe adsutil.vbs copy w3svc/1 w3svc/556 The numbers mentioned there are nothing but the website...
  • Blog Post: LogParser – Useful Logparser scripts

    Logparser is a powerful utility which comes handy for me whenever I’m helping my customers facing a problem with slow running pages, frequently hit pages, post mortem analysis to find what went wrong on IIS, et al. You can use Logparser to parse your IIS logs to health check the state of your server...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta

    If you are a web deployment guru, and looking to reduce your burden of downloading lot of software, configuring them and if you didn’t check Bills’ blog earlier, you better do check it right now. The new ‘Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta’ gives you an easy way of configuring the ASP.NET/IIS stack...
  • Blog Post: IIS – Rejecting a request from a specific client type(browser) | ISAPI Filter Example

    Recently I’ve come across a discussion where a particular type of client request should be blocked. Say for an example, you need to block requests from a client called “TrustMe”; consider a scenario where you need to serve pages only for Internet Explorer 7 clients, not IE6.0 clients. This kind of requests...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Web Deployment Tool - Technical Preview 1 available for download

    Do you remember Scott Guthrie talking about a web deployment framework? Last November he gave a hint about this tool and its here now. Technical Preview 1 of its tool has been released now and the team is open for feedback. Check out the team's blog here . You can download the x86 version or the x64...
  • Blog Post: Writing a simple ISAPI Extension

    As my love on IIS increases, I wanted to try my hands on all the classic technologies available before I make myself ready for IIS 7. So, I started with a simple ISAPI Filter , and made that as a Bad one and took ETW trace to find out what is going behind the scenes. Now, I wrote a simple ISAPI Extension...
  • Blog Post: A simple VBScript for Syncing IUSR password from Metabase to SAM

    I always wanted this handy script. Searched for it, couldn't find one. Yes, there is iissuba.dll to do this, but I don't want to use that. I wanted a .vbs file like synciwam.vbs to sync the IUSR password stored in the Metabase with the one in Security Account Manager. To do this, first we need to...
  • Blog Post: Writing a simple ISAPI Filter

    ISAPI Filters can be written to do anything on the incoming requests; it could do some kind of logging, user authentication, traffic analysis, much more. You can design you own ISAPI filter for your own need. Here is what I have done in the sample ISAPI Filter, it just writes into a file, some data when...
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