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Microsoft Web Farm Framework, a Tool for Automating Operations Across a Server Farm

by Abel Avram on  Sep 09, 2010

Microsoft Web Farm Framework (WFF) is a free IIS plug-in used to provision and manage systems in a web server farm, enabling the installation and configuration of software components across the farm plus support for automated deployment of ASP.NET applications.

Series On Available Authentication Mechanisms For OData Services And Clients

by Dilip Krishnan on  Jul 24, 2010

The WCF Data Services Team have recently been doing a series on the available authentication mechanisms for client/OData service authentication.

WebMatrix: Microsoft's New Stack to Create Simple Websites

by Abel Avram on  Jul 08, 2010

WebMatrix is a free tool from Microsoft putting together a web server, ASP.NET + Razor, SQL Server CE and an IDE for creating simple websites.

Microsoft Announces IIS Express – A New Built-In Web Server for Visual Studio

by Jon Arild Tørresdal on  Jun 30, 2010

Scott Guthrie recently announced IIS Express, a light weight alternative to IIS and a potential replacement of Cassini (the built in web server for Visual Studio). IIS Express is intended to solve the pain points reported in Cassini and enable developers to develop using a full IIS 7.x feature-set. It’s not available for download yet, but according to Scott should be available shortly.

ScaleUp Addresses Many of IIS’ File Uploading Limitations

by Abel Avram on  May 05, 2010

LeanServer has created for IIS 7.0 an extension called ScaleUp, solving some of the problems related to file uploading and plaguing Microsoft’s web platform. According to its creators, ScaleUp increases upload speed, supports unlimited upload file sizes, scales up to thousands of uploads per server, and includes progress reporting, streaming and filtering.

Making IIS Web Sites More Responsive Using Warm-up

by Abel Avram on  Oct 16, 2009 4

IIS Application Warm-up for IIS 7.5 improves the responsiveness of a web site by loading all related web applications and their dependencies before the first request is made.

Silverlight 4 and IIS Media Services 3 Promise Superior Content Delivery

by Abel Avram on  Sep 10, 2009

Microsoft has announced the upcoming release of a new generation of IIS Media Services, v. 3.0, and it is going to hold an early preview of Silverlight 4 features during International Broadcasting Conference 2009 (IBC) on September 11-15th. Main features are: interactive, high-definition streaming of video content, native multicast and offline DRM support.

Rewrite Outbound URLs with IIS 7 and URL Rewrite Module 2.0

by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 20, 2009 2

The URL Rewrite Module was originally introduced to map incoming, user-friendly URLs to pages written with ASP.NET or PHP. With version 2, the other side is addressed. URLs automatically generated by applications can rewritten before they hit the user’s browser.

Iron Speed Designer 6.0 Has Been Improved

by Abel Avram on  Mar 05, 2009 29

Iron Speed Designer is a Web 2.0 application generator enabling developers to visually create web pages for .NET/IIS without needing to know HTML or ASPX. The latest version, 6.0, has an improved layout editor, new page types, new workflow page types and live page preview.

Presentation: Behind the Scenes at MySpace.com

by Abel Avram on  Feb 10, 2009 5

In this presentation filmed during QCon SF 2008, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talked about administering thousands of web servers from a system’s architect viewpoint. He mostly detailed the performance counter monitoring used by MySpace, the system profiler and the system administration site demoing the tools for the audience to see how it works.

Interview: Dan Farino About MySpace’s Architecture

by Abel Avram on  Nov 19, 2008 5

In this interview taken by InfoQ’s Ryan Slobojan, Dan Farino, Chief Systems Architect at MySpace, talks about the system architecture and the challenges faced when building a very large online community. Because MySpace is built almost entirely on the .NET Framework, Dan explains how a .NET product scales on hundreds of servers.

IIS URL Rewriting vs ASP.NET Routing

by Al Tenhundfeld on  Oct 26, 2008

With the release and press around IIS7 URL Rewriting, many questions have been raised about the interplay between IIS Rewriting and ASP.NET Routing. How do the two features relate to each other and when should each be used?

In Case You Missed It: IIS7 URL-Rewrite is Live

by Jonathan Allen on  Oct 05, 2008 1

Microsoft has released its long overdue URL rewriter module for IIS 7 under a "Go Live" license. Generally speaking this means they feel the code base is stable enough for production use, but still not quite done in an official sense.

Presentation: Windows as a Web Platform

by James Vastbinder on  Oct 02, 2008

Eric Nelson provides an architectural deep dive into the internals of IIS and the .NET Framework 3.5 with a goal of reducing the lines of code in web applications.

PowerShell for IIS

by Jonathan Allen on  Aug 12, 2008

The push for making Windows configurable from the command line continues with the IIS 7 PowerShell Provider.

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