SQL 2008 Released

The final product of the Launch Wave has RTM’d – SQL Server 2008 – with a snazzy new logo:   If you have an MSDN or Technet subscription you can get it now – I’m very excited about one particular version in this version SQL 2008 Web – designed to be a cut down version…

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Installing FTP with IIS7 on 2008 Server Core

I had a few questions from an old colleague, Virgil, who had just built a 2008 server core machine and was having issues configuring FTP. Without asking I knew Virgil would be chasing an FTP server that would have some method of secure transport such as FTPS and pluggable authentication methods, I know this because…

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Hosting Days Australia – Coming to a City Near you!

via Christian This years Hosting Days is "Fast Tracking Your Success with FastLane" in a city somewhere close to you, unless you are in Darwin or Alice Springs or Cameron’s Corner…. Phil and I have the first track, which is the fun track all about the HOW of hosting. Go to https://partner.microsoft.com/australia/40048707 to see the…

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Hacked Web Applications causing storm – rattling Windows…

For the past few days a "Cyber attack" has been taking place and according to internetnews.com : "number of infected IIS servers at 282,000. Less than a day later, security firm F-Secure wrote its own blog entry, putting the infestation at over 500,000" and f-secure : "Performing a Google search results in over 510,000 modified…

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Potential Security Vulnerability for NetworkService / potential new IIS exploit

Important heads up with regards to a potential privilege escalation issue when running under NetworkService – which we all know is the IIS default…. But also note that it requires native code or full trust .NET. Hosting Providers with Shared Hosting configurations should pay careful attention to this and ensure that they are running a…

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HUGE performance increases with PHP on Windows 2008

One of our local developers Dallas J Clark (Brisbane local) blogged about an article that shows PHP with a 130% performance increase on Windows Server 2008 – and of course there have been a few comments asking about the metrics of the comparison etc. So naturally I’m wading into to try and clear the water…..

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MIX: IIS7 bring hosters and developers together

Attended a great presentation at MIX by Tito Leverette Web Platform Architect Evangelist aka Hosting Guy from Atlanta and Rob Cameron Developer Evangelist aka Dev Guy: Bring Hosters and Developers together with IIS7 I thought they did a great job of pointing out the differences between what a Dev guy wants and what hoster guy…

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Microsoft Web Deployment Tool

A brand new IIS blog and a shiny new tool in tech preview. Check out the tech preview of the  Web Deployment Tool from the awesome IIS Team. This new tool is designed with migration from IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0. Get it, try it, tell me what breaks, so far I’ve found it rock…

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iis7forheroes.com – from Emantra

The guys at Emantra pinged me today with a project we’ve been talking about for a while, and I’m stoked these guys have pulled this off! Go to their site http://iis7forheroes.com/ and get yourself some of: The first SHARED IIS7.0 web hosting in Australia! (that I know of!) Sign up on their site for a…

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Infrastructure Architecture Design Questions

This is very interesting and fairly comprehensive list of basic operational questions to ask when building the infrastructure on your web facing project – from the Microsoft.com operations team. I love the breakdown of availability, this is something I’ve had lots of discussions with people in the past – and I’ve found it a pretty…

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