Microsoft.com Operations Performance Analysis of IIS 7.0/Windows Server 2008

Now that Windows Server 2008 has been released earlier this year many enterprises are assessing the value proposition of moving to the Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0.  As an IT Pro or decision maker in this process you want real world working proof to make your decision clearer.  Sure, the new file based configuration…

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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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Imaginary Content - No Really!

When looking for ways to improve their site, the development team for MSDN.microsoft.com and Technet.microsoft.com wanted to be able to leverage a new feature set of ASP.NET – virtual path providers and dynamic compilation.   What does a virtual path provider do?  It allows you to make your content disappear. Well, ok, we still have content. …

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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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Scaling Your Windows...and other TCP/IP Enhancements in Windows Vista/Longhorn

Our Ops team has been testing and sampling the goods that are Longhorn Server for a while now and one of the areas we’re very interested in is networking.  Specifically, we’re jazzed about the changes happening in the TCP/IP stack for both Vista and Longhorn.  We know the impact will be huge for backend operations…

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Performance – Its like an Onion

No, not because it stinks; not because it brings tears to your eyes; but because performance has layers.  This is the first of a series of articles dealing with the layers of the performance onion.  Hopefully they will be valuable to System Admins and also Content Providers in getting a better understanding of web server…

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