Lessons learned creating BingMatrix in ASP.NET and Azure (goals, http requests, threads, progress message and postbacks)

I have spent my last few weekends building an ASP.NET web application that sends multiple queries to Bing and displays the results in a table. I called it BingMatrix and you can read more about what it does and how it works in the blog post titled “BingMatrix – A Windows Azure application that provides… Read more

BingMatrix – A Windows Azure application that provides a fun way to mine data from Bing

I wanted to share a little application I put together using Windows Azure. It uses Bing queries to find out how the popularity of a specific set of keywords on a specific set of sites. I actually created this for my own use while researching how frequently some registry keys are mentioned on Microsoft support,… Read more

BingMatrix updated to get parameters directly in the URL

In a previous blog post, I described the BingMatrix search tool: http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2010/12/21/bingmatrix-a-windows-azure-application-that-provides-a-fun-way-to-mine-data-from-bing.aspx I have now updated it to allow you to pass the parameters directly in the URL. The updated version is already uploaded to Azure. For example, here are direct links to the 12 sample queries provided in the main page of the site:… Read more

The Basics of SMB Signing (covering both SMB1 and SMB2)

SMB Signing Overview Server Message Block (SMB) is the file protocol most commonly used by Windows. SMB Signing is a feature through which communications using SMB can be digitally signed at the packet level. Digitally signing the packets enables the recipient of the packets to confirm their point of origination and their authenticity. This security… Read more

Two new blog posts on Windows Storage Server 2008 R2

Scott M. Johnson has published two new blogs post on the Windows Storage Server blog: The first post is a compilation of links covering all kinds of Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 content. http://blogs.technet.com/b/storageserver/archive/2010/11/16/windows-storage-server-2008-r2-references.aspx The second post introduces the two new offerings from HP (X1000 G2 and X3000 G2) that were introduced during the recent TechEd… Read more

File and Storage FAQ in the Microsoft Community Forums

As you probably already know, Microsoft maintains a number of community forums divided into categories. The work I do is mostly related to File and Storage, which is one of those categories. You can find the File and Storage forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/winserverfiles. You are encouraged to post your questions there and the answers you get… Read more

How to Handle NTFS Folder Permissions, Security Descriptors and ACLs in PowerShell

1. Overview   Some time ago, I was automating a few tasks with PowerShell and needed to set NTFS permissions on a folder. I was tempted to use the good old ICACLS.EXE command line, but I wanted to keep it all within PowerShell. While there are a number of different permissions you could want to… Read more

Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials!

Joel Garcia announced from TechEd Europe the release Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, a new member of the Storage Server product family. In the blog post, he outlines the main features: Easy to use Backup and Recovery Active Directory Domain Join Management Dashboard Centralized Storage Plug and Play Storage and File Services Remote Web… Read more

What version of SMB2 am I using on my Windows file server?

Note: This post is now obsolete. Please refer to this newer post which includes coverage of  SMB 3.0:http://blogs.technet.com/b/josebda/archive/2012/06/06/windows-server-2012-which-version-of-the-smb-protocol-smb-1-0-smb-2-0-smb-2-1-or-smb-3-0-you-are-using-on-your-file-server.aspx     I recently talked to a customer that was surprised to hear that their Windows 7 clients were not using the latest version of SMB2 to talk with their Windows Server 2003 file servers. I explained… Read more