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    Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS

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    Windows Server 2008 is the best OS to be released till date from Microsoft's stable. And the moment I got hold of the RTM build I could not resist installing it on my workstation. Due to the nature of my work I always prefer running a Server OS on my...
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    Where is ASP.NET 3.5 on IIS ?

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    Most people on installing .NET 3.5 on the server "expect" an entry for v3.5 under the ASP.NET version Tab in IIS manager. And not finding that entry start panicking. If you have been one of those read on. The more tech savvy folks try to run aspnet_regiis...
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    Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS ... Cont'd

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    This is a continuation of my previous post Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS Here are a couple of things I missed in my previous post 11. Processor Scheduling As pointed out in a comment on my previous post; On Windows Server...
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    You must use the Role Management Tool to install or configure Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.

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    While trying to install Visual Studio 2008 on a Windows 2008 R2 machine you may get the following error. This is because Windows 2008 R2 ships with the .NET 3.5.1 framework. You just need to enable the feature from Server Manager . So before...
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    Report Viewer Toolbar does not render properly on IIS 7.0

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    I was recently working on a reporting web application that uses the Report Viewer ( ReportViewer ) control that ships with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The Report Viewer control was rendering perfectly when I was developing using Visual Studio...
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    CertEnroll::Cx509Enrollment::p_InstallResponse: ASN1 bad tag value met. 0x8009310b

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    Recently while installing a SSL certificate on IIS 7.0 I got this error message CertEnroll::Cx509Enrollment::p_InstallResponse: ASN1 bad tag value met. 0x8009310b I could not complete the certificate request via IIS manager. But strangely after...
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    IIS 6.0 Recovering websites from a stale metabase.xml

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    The metabase is a repository for most IIS configuration settings. It resides as a plaintext XML file metabase.xml in the systemroot\System32\Inetsrv folder. All the websites and their corresponding settings are stored in this file. The problem with this...
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    Disappearing SSL certificates from IIS 7.0 manager

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    “I install a SSL server certificate using the ‘Complete Certificate Request’ wizard in IIS manager and when I refresh the view the certificate disappears. “ I have heard that a couple of times and every time I used to go “What ?” Until someone showed...
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    IIS 7 Tip # 10 You can generate machine keys from the IIS manager

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    The machineKey element of the ASP.NET web.config specifies the algorithm and keys that ASP.NET will use for encryption. By default the validationKey and the decryptionKey keys are set to AutoGenerate which means the runtime will generate a random key...
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    Setting SMTP RelayIpList from a script.

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    SMTP service running on IIS 6.0 provides you options to restrict IP addresses of computers that can relay mail messages through this server. The value(list of IP addresses) is stored in the RelayIpList metabase property as an octet string. I was...
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    ASP.NET Debugger Extension for IIS 7

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    Just finished writing an extension for IIS 7 that will provide advanced debugging features for IIS worker processes running managed code. It basically does three things 1. Find Debug Modules This feature will help you scan your website content...
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    ISSUE : SMTP Configuration - Unspecified Error

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    A new SMTP related issue has been brought to our notice and we are currently working on fixing it. This post provides information about an issue under investigation and is subject to change. SYMPTOMS When you make changes to the properties of a...
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    Using Themes in ASP.NET loads System.Drawing namespace

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    Using the System.Drawing namespace is strongly discouraged in ASP.NET as it leads to a lot of performance/runtime problems. Recently one of our customers reported an issue where we were getting GDI+ errors in a normal ASP.NET application. Exception...
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    Goodbye Network Service!

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    IIS 6.0 introduced a lot of features to increase reliability and security. As an architectural change the worker process w3wp.exe was introduced. To increase security IIS 6.0 by default launched the worker process using the NTAuthority\Network Service...
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    IIS 7.0 - IIS Manager Module to scan for assemblies built in debug mode

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    Often assemblies are built in debug mode and deployed on production servers causing performance degradation. Using this module you can scan all your website folders to find .net modules that are built in debug mode. INSTALLATION 1. You will have...
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    Caution while xcopying IIS 7.0 config files

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    Metabase.xml is the central store where IIS 6.0 stores most of its configuration information. Its a plain text file and stores all the information in a simple XML format. The XML format naturally raised a notion of being able to XCOPY the config file...
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    SCCM 2007 Charting functionality does not work on 64 bit IIS

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    System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has a nice functionality of displaying report data as charts. When deployed on a 64 bit IIS 6.0 machine these chart displays may stop working and you will start getting the following error message. This...
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    Orchestrating Kerberos Authentication .... SPN Cheat Sheet

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    When it comes to orchestrating Kerberos authentication on IIS websites most people get it wrong when the question of Service Principal Names (SPN) comes up. Microsoft PSS gets a huge number of such issues. When you set a SPN you are telling the Key...
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    Preventing ildasm from disassembling your assembly

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    The MSIL Disassembler (ildasm.exe) is a neat tool that can be used to view the MSIL code of a .Net assembly/dll. Many of you should have used it to peek into assemblies while debugging/troubleshooting. I use it a lot to check assembly namespaces...
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    SSL Diagnostics Tool for IIS 7

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    The SSL Diagnostics tool is a very useful tool for troubleshooting SSL issues.  It generates a detailed report of SSL settings for all the websites on an IIS server which helps in quickly identifying SSL issues. But the tool was built for IIS 5 and...
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    Windows 8 is the Super workstation OS I had been waiting for

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    Long back I had written a blog post about Using Windows Server 2008 as a SUPER workstation OS   that caused a lot of buzz Server 2008: The Windows Workstation we always wanted Review: Using Windows Server 2008 on a PC I had my reasons to use a Server...
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    Getting better stack traces in Process Monitor / Process Explorer

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    Process Monitor and Process Explorer are great tools for troubleshooting issues on Windows machines. Process Explorer can be used to investigate a running process from handles to dlls loaded. Process Monitor is my favourate and it can be used to monitor...
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    IIS 6.0 - FastCGI

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    CGI application were discouraged on IIS webservers because for every request a new host process had to be spawned raising questions about performance. The FastCGI protocol is set to change this. The concept is simple instead of creating a new host...
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    Running the HTTPSSL service in a svchost.exe

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    On Windows 2003 the HTTPSSL service (the service that implements SSL) runs in the lsass.exe process. If you ever are interested in running the HTTPSSL service in a svchost.exe process instead of the default lsass.exe here is how you do it. To configure...
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    Where is ASP.NET 4.5 …wait Where is .NET 4.5 ?

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    When .NET 3.5 was released a lot of people wondered why ASP.NET 3.5 wouldn’t show up in IIS. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/vijaysk/archive/2008/03/20/running-asp-net-3-5-on-iis.aspx Well with .NET 4.5 you might be a bit more confused… So first .NET 4.5 will...
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