Tell us your operational pain points!!

Welcome to the Operations Blog!

We are the operations team that runs all of the sites.. WE WANT TO HELP YOU! Ask us your operational questions. Tell us what causes you to lose sleep at night. What causes you the most operational pain? Patch management? Consolidation? App Pool recycling? SQL replication? Tell us YOUR story. We have probably walked in your shoes before and we want to share our experiences with you.


After all this ain’t Rocket Science…IT’S OPERATIONS!


We are a bona fide Enterprise level Ops team. Anything that ends in * we run. Windows Update, Microsoft Update, the Download center…our team keeps all this humming. We run the 4th largest web site in the world.. Here are some quick facts about what we run.



  • 3 Data Centers
  • 1606 Data Center Servers
  • 506 Servers in Labs
  • 111 Web Sites
  • 1069 Databases
  • 1000’s of Web Applications
  • 80+Gbit/sec Network Traffic

  • 13 million unique users/day
  • 70 million page views per day
  • 10,000 requests/sec, 300 concurrent connection on 80 servers
  • 350 Vroots


Windows Update/Download:

  • 150 million unique client scans/day
  • 12,000 ASP.NET requests/sec
  • 500K concurrent connections
  • 1 Billion Downloads and7 50K client installs in 2 weeks (April 2006)
  • 4Gbit/sec Web Site Egress (Web Pages Only…No Downloads)
  • 20+ Billion Downloads in 2005…Routinely 150M+/Day



We have Systems Engineers that specialize in WEB Operations; SQL Operations; Debugging; Security & Architecture; Application On-Boarding & Hosting as well as Software Development Engineers. Let us help you. Ask us your questions.

Comments (13)

  1. Anonymous says:

    It looks like the team that runs all of the sites have started a blog ( …

  2. Anonymous says:

    Saw this on Tony’s blog, this should make good reading.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hej på er,

    Kolla in den här sidan – rätt häftiga fakta faktiskt. Det här kan jag som nerd tycka är för…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see is using the latest Windows, IIS and .NET technologies.  It’s definitely a real-world enterprise environment.  It’s good to see that experience being shared.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Pssst. Keep this under you hat, and you didn’t hear it from me, got it?

    The ops team at…

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’ve just noticed this great blog from the team.  Their first blog entry describes…

  7. What are the top 10 scripts you use?

    What problem did you create the script to solve?

    What technology did you use to create the script?

    Can you share example scripts?

    Thanks in advance, having a way to pick the brains of the ops team is priceless.

  8. abacus says:

    Well, just curious if you folks will respond to tonyso’s request for info on the various scripts you are using?


  9. Silvia says:

    I like this blog!

  10. James Neal says:

    I would like to know how to find and temperaly uninstall service pack2, Also how to download it to a USB port 2GB flash drive??

  11. Derrick Da Costa says:

    I am having a problem with login into  your Microsoft Online Invoicing System. Why is it that your procedures are so complicated?. I think in future it would be better to ask for payment before providing you the service. To add to our frustrations not even your MS people can advise us as to how to submit our Invoice to you


    Derrick Da Costa

  12. Jason France says:

    Trying to be proactive with high-maintenance clients and detect when they are having troubles connecting to the Exchange server.  Trying to use Perfmon RPC and WMI Exchange_Logon to discover the username!

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