Release Candidates of Application Initialization and Dynamic IP Restrictions Released

Two new Release Candidates for the following IIS Extensions have been released today: Application Initialization for IIS 7.5 (the replacement for the previously released Application Warmup beta extension) Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS7/7.5 Application Initialization for IIS 7.5 Application Initialization is a feature which is coming in IIS 8.0 and is now also available for IIS 7.5 (please note this feature is not available for IIS 7.0).   This module helps to eliminate the lack of feedback experienced by users when an application is first accessed and is not “warmed up”.  Through the use of this module Administrators can enable a … Continue reading Release Candidates of Application Initialization and Dynamic IP Restrictions Released

Recommended Listening–Clint Huffman on RunAs Radio

This week’s RunAs Radio has Clint Huffman, a Microsoft Premier Field Engieer talking to Richard Campbell about understanding the health state of IIS7/7.5.  There is some excellent content in this episode and I’d strongly recommend listning to it. Clint covers aspects such as mappings, caching, failed request tracing and the IIS Log Analyzer. Rather than tell you everything that is in the podcast, listen now! – http://www.runasradio.com/default.aspx?showNum=248 RunAs Radio is an excellent weekly podcast with Richard Campbell and Greg Hughes for IT Professionals/Developers making use of Microsoft products. In my honest opinion I think developers need to also have an … Continue reading Recommended Listening–Clint Huffman on RunAs Radio

User Group Tour 7th to 11th March 2011 IIS, Media Services and IIS SEO Toolkit

I’m currently in Redmond, Seattle at the 2011 MVP Global Summit but next week I’m embarking on a User Group tour back home in the UK. I’m covering a number of IIS topics including IIS 7/7.5 for Developers, IIS Media Services and IIS SEO Toolkit.  I’m starting off in Bristol at DotNetDevNet on Monday 7th March 2011 and finishing in Cambridge at NxtGenUG on Thursday 10th March.  I’m really looking forward to visiting new groups and talking to the attendees about these great sessions. I decided to take a week off work to travel and talk to groups I usually … Continue reading User Group Tour 7th to 11th March 2011 IIS, Media Services and IIS SEO Toolkit

Sparkling Websites and New Enhancements for the MS Web Platform Announced

This morning Scott Guthrie announced a new program to help Small Web Development Companies (10 employees or less) and individual Web Developers who develop Web Sites and Services.  The program runs for three years is free to join, all that is payable is a $100 fee on exit.  Benefits of the program include: Windows Web Server 2008 R2 – licenses; SQL Server 2008 licenses; 1 Expression Studio 3 license; 2 Expression Web licenses; 3 Visual Studio 2008 Professional licenses and more… For full details of the announcement see Scott Guthrie’s blog post and to register visit the WebsiteSpark portal. Announcements … Continue reading Sparkling Websites and New Enhancements for the MS Web Platform Announced

Handling Webpage Display Issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 using IIS

I have been using Internet Explorer 8.0 since the release of Beta 1.  IE 8 requires more standards compliance in the code of web pages for them to display correctly.  Today I was catching up on my RSS Feeds and came across this very useful article – Configuring IIS to work around webpage display issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 and this article discusses the use of adding a HTTP Response Header which then informs IE to run in IE Compatibility mode, therefore rendering the page as it would render in Internet Explorer 7. The article gives complete details of how … Continue reading Handling Webpage Display Issues in Internet Explorer 8.0 using IIS

Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

Last night Alan Dean came up to VBUG in Newcastle to speak on ASP.Net MVC Framework.  One of the discussion points we had was any potential issues for hosting sites on IIS due to the routing and url rewrite elements of the MVC Framework.  I wasn’t clear on the implications, and I hadn’t seen much traffic personally on the issue.  So with a task of downloading ASP.Net MVC Framework Preview 5 so I could have a good look at it and understand it all as an alternative to Webforms, and looking into the implications and workarounds for hosting within versions … Continue reading Tutorial for Using ASP.Net MVC Framework on Different Versions of IIS

Creating Http Redirects in IIS7 on Virtual Directories like IIS6

In IIS6 when creating a virtual directory it was possible to set the virtual directory to actually add as a redirect to another page or site.  In IIS7 this is still possible however it needs to be achieved slightly differently.  Lets take an example.  Say you have a website and you are running a number of offers and would like to offer users the option of navigating to them through a short path such as domain/offer1, domain/offer2 etc then you would have in IIS6 set these Virtual Directories up with dummy Physical Paths, e.g. the root of the parent site, … Continue reading Creating Http Redirects in IIS7 on Virtual Directories like IIS6

Awarded Microsoft MVP Award for IIS!

This afternoon I received an email from Microsoft telling me that I’ve been awarded the 2008 Microsoft MVP award for my efforts in the Internet Information Services Community over the past year.  This is a great honour to be classified in the same group as the many other great MVPs who do great work throughout the community.  I hope I can continue in the same way in the coming months and years.

IIS 7 for ASP.Net Developers – Black Marble Community Event on Wednesday 2nd July 2008

On the evening of Wednesday 2nd July 2008, I’ll be presenting a session on IIS 7.0 for ASP.Net Developers at Black Marble’s Community Evening in Bradford.  This event is part of a full day of sessions which Black Marble are hosting.  In the morning they’re hosting a session on Overview of the current and future states of Microsoft’s Real World SOA and Business Process Automation platform and in the afternoon they are hosting a TechNet in the North session – Microsoft’s Vision for Unified Communications – delivered by James O’Neill and then I will be completing the day with the … Continue reading IIS 7 for ASP.Net Developers – Black Marble Community Event on Wednesday 2nd July 2008

New Site for IIS 7 AppCmd samples

Steve Schofield, IIS MVP, recently set up a new site – http://www.appcmd.com – which is a great resource for commonly used appcmd scripts.  Appcmd is the new command line administration utility for IIS7.  I’ve used the Tech Preview of the PowerShell provider for IIS and I use the IIS7 Manager a lot but I still like to work with APPCMD an awful lot and this new site is definitely going to be top of my list for daily checks to see any new content.  Go take a look and let Steve know what you think.  Also if you have any … Continue reading New Site for IIS 7 AppCmd samples