Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum Is Now LIVE!!

  We are pleased to announce that the Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum is now live on TechNet.  Come join us in discussions that are focused on Engineering Operations. Ask questions, give us your insights, help us build the community of folks that are engaged in real-world systems engineering. Log in with your Windows Live ID…

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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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Application Performance Testing at MSCOM

One of the very important tasks that falls on the Test teams here at MSCOM is performance testing of our web applications.  The topic of performance testing is a very large subject and one that probably cannot be covered in just one posting so instead of trying to cover everything at once we are going…

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Yes, We Recycle!...That Includes AppPools

And I am not just talking about Aluminum and Polystyrene.   Application Pool recycling is one great feature of IIS6 but how do you know if it is helping you or hurting you?  It’s great for availability and reliability but it can also be masking real problems with code running in your applications. If you are…

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Keeping The Connections Open... HTTP Keep-Alives

HTTP Keep-Alives continues to be one of the most misunderstood settings in IIS.  This particular setting can have huge performance implications on your web site; take for example a typical browser that requests content from a web page. Without HTTP Keep-Alives enabled on the web server, each request for an element on that page, such…

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MSCOM WebCast Morphed Into PodCast…A Great Idea From A TechEd2006 Customer

While the Microsoft.com Operations team was in Boston two weeks ago presenting at TechEd2006, a customer came up to chat with us. He had a great idea. He said, “I really liked the webcasts that MSCOM has done. I only wish that I could get the audio from those webcasts in a format that I…

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MSCOM WebCast Week…Q & A (Part 2) Configuration and Management of Web Farms

OK, here is Part 2 of the Q & A from MSCOM’s WebCast Week. These are from Tuesday’s session on Configuration and Management of Web Farms. The topics that Jeff Toews covered in this web cast included Configuration Management where he descried how we build out a server and our use of site-specific build scripts;…

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Microsoft.com Webcast Week November 7-11, 2005 …Mark your calendars!!

We are pleased and very excited to be able to announce this upcoming week long series of webcast this November. Here are the links to sign up for the upcoming webcast series. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/events/default.mspx, then click on the More live webcasts… link at the bottom of the page scroll to the date of the event. An…

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