IIS7.0 Lessons Learned In MSCOM Production Environment – On Demand Webcast

MSCOM has been running IIS7.0 in production since June 12, 2007. On November 27 we did a webcast entitled: How Microsoft IT Is Providing an Improved Web and Applications Platform with Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 In case you missed this live event we would like to invite you to use the…

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Analyzing HTTP Traffic On Your IIS 7.0 Cluster

If you have ever run an enterprise web site you have probably received a panicked call from a customer or from your Tier 1 monitoring team that your site was responding slowly or throwing 500 errors and that you needed to resolve this issue ASAP.   Maybe you are rolling out a new application or software…

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Power Parsing…some days you just need more power for your parser

Obviously the title can mean a bunch of different things, in this case we are merging two fun technologies: Microsoft PowerShell and Microsoft Log Parser.  Here in MSCOM Operations, we are in the process of introducing Microsoft PowerShell  into our environment and as a serious user of Log Parser I wondered how to get the…

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The Tasty Morsels Found In Dogfood… MSCOM OPS Top 10 Changes In IIS7.0

Dogfood….yummmm! Yes it is true, Microsoft.com has been running Beta 3 of Windows Server 2008 in production since June 12, 2007. What does that mean? 78 of 80 servers that host the www.microsoft.com website are running W2K8 Beta 3 and IIS7.0. Why only 78? We keep a couple of servers running our previous build of…

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Using SQL 2005 Snapshots As A Rollback Procedure

One of the great new features of SQL 2005 is database snapshots.  With one simple transact SQL statement, you can provide your users with a read-only, static copy of their data.  For example, you can take a snapshot on the last day of the month and users can do month-end reporting without worrying about changes…

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Release Management: Building the Bridge

In the last post from the release management team, we talked about the strategic topic of developing the philosophy of RM being a bridge, and not a barrier, to the deployment and support of applications into the production environment. One of the items listed as necessary to achieving that goal was having a solid understanding…

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MSCOM At TedchEd 2007 in Orlando…On Demand Viewing of Breakout Session

If you were unabel to make it to Orlando and were jsut dying to catch the MSCOM Operations Presentation Microsoft.com: Employing Windows Server 2008 and Internet Information Services 7 As A Next Generation Platform for SaaS Web Applications, here is another chance for you to view this session. As the abstract states:   Get the latest…

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Gardening (on the Web Server)

While some people are born with a green thumb, others of us have the brown thumb that comes from working to get a garden to grow.  While we dream of sweet fruits and crisp, fresh vegetables, sometimes all we get for our troubles is dirt under our fingernails.   There is a feature in IIS6 that…

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Pour Liquid Nitrogen On Your Ballooning Content…Dynamic Compression in IIS7.0

Most operational folk are heads down either fixing issues, implementing new changes, or preparing environments for upcoming changes and when work is not being done we are in meetings :-).  Every once in a while it is good to pop our heads up and see what is coming down the pipe. Last week I learned…

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Comparing Trends in Unmatched Timed Data

Introduction – Maybe You Have Been There Too Ok, this could be another pretty dry topic, but here we go anyway. More programmer talk, which can put normal people to sleep.  J  A while ago I came up with a programmatic solution to a challenge I had faced many times. I imagine this to be…

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