Internet SharePoint & IIS News – Issue Resolution, Betas, & Lab Content

I have included below a few links on content on topics ranging from troubleshooting Claims Based Authentication to the new Application Router Beta and test labs available for download. All content is in line with learning more about SharePoint and the under lying technology and architecture that support your SharePoint environments.

Enabling modern SharePoint experiences on Windows 8 for students and teachers – ​The Contoso Learning Companion is a modern Windows 8 application built to work with SharePoint 2010 and 2013. It uses SharePoint sites as collaboration spaces for classes and study groups and integrates with the popular OneNote application for lessons and assignments. This popular starter kit provides everything you need to deliver tailored Windows 8 solutions for SharePoint.

Troubleshooting "Claims authentication in SharePoint environments – To determine the root cause of an arbitrary problem and its solution, you can spend years developing deep technical understanding and experience. This article describes the primary tools that you use to collect information about claims authentication and make configuration changes in SharePoint 2013 to get you back on track.

Customizing the SharePoint 2013 Developer Dashboard using custom scripts – The Developer Dashboard has undergone some significant changes in SharePoint 2013 and can now be extended by injecting custom JavaScript code into the developer dashboard window. This article explains how.

Announcing Application Request Router 3.0 Beta! – We are happy to announce that we have just released the Beta version for ARR 3.0. Click here to install ARR v3 beta using Microsoft Web Platform Installer.

Announcing: Smooth Streaming plugin for OSMF – We are pleased to announce that Windows Azure Media Services team released a preview of Microsoft Smooth Streaming plugin for OSMF.

IT Professional Reviewer’s Guide for SharePoint Server 2013 – Read about how SharePoint Server 2013 builds on the investments of previous SharePoint releases to help you do the following: lower IT costs with a flexible and scalable collaboration platform; better manage risk by safeguarding your business with secure and reliable capabilities; increase productivity through cost-effective and efficient management.

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013 – Introduction to the social features in SharePoint Server 2013 and step-by-step instructions for configuring and then demonstrating My Sites, Newsfeeds, Community Sites, and Team Site feeds.

Databases that support SharePoint 2013 – This poster illustrates the databases that that support SharePoint 2013.

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Architecture – This poster provides guidance about logical and physical architectures for SharePoint Server 2013

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Intranet Collaboration with SharePoint Server 2013 – This paper helps you configure an environment to demonstrate the intranet collaboration features of SharePoint Server 2013.

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate SAML-based Claims Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013 – This paper provides a brief introduction to SharePoint Server 2013 and illustrates how to create a three-tier test lab that uses SAML-based claims authentication.

Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm – This paper provides a brief introduction to SharePoint Server 2013 and illustrates how to create a three-tier test lab.

Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-Based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013 – This paper explains how to configure and demonstrate form-based authentication for SharePoint Server 2013 based on the Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm (

Using a Data Collector to Troubleshoot Server Performance – Whether you have a Windows Cloud Server or a Windows Dedicated Server, having it run at optimal capacity is critical for the success of your business. You need to know about any performance issues before your customers or visitors are impacted.

Using Classic ASP and URL Rewrite for Dynamic SEO Functionality How to use Classic ASP with the IIS URL Rewrite module to dynamically generate Robots.txt and Sitemap.xml files.

Professional Microsoft IIS 8 – This book is a must have for an IIS 8 administrator. Its chalked full of information not detailed as complete anywhere else I know of. I’d highly recommend you pick up a copy, either an e-book or paperback copy.

Scaling up IIS Server – When it comes to the scalability of web servers, first thing customers think about is scale out. While scale out is great option, there are many scenarios which can benefit from scale up. In Windows Server 2012, IIS team has done a good amount of work to scale up IIS server on latest industry standard hardware. IIS team, along with HP and Microsoft EEC has recently published a case study on how IIS 8.0 performs on HP Proliant DL980, an 8 socket, 80 core machine.

Web Deploy XML File Parameterization  – As part of its Parameterization feature, Web Deploy also supports parameterization of XML files.  If you are unfamiliar with parameterization, it’s basically a feature that Web Deploy uses to change values of certain objects before committing them to a destination.  In this post, I’ll walk you through some examples of how to do XML parameterization using XPath queries.

phpMyAdmin on Windows Azure Web Sites – This post describes how to install and configure phpMyAdmin on Windows Azure Web Sites. –

Authenticated SMTP Using System.Net.Mail – Using to send email messages from your web site makes life so easy. –

Using Wildcard SSL Certificates on IIS 7 –




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