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IUSR vs Application Pool Identity – Why use either?

(pasted from my email clippings. I’m on holiday right now, catching up on paperwork!) The TLDR version is: using AppPoolIdentity as both the App Pool Account and Anonymous user account lets you have multiple isolated anonymous websites on one box. IIS 7.x and upwards (as of Win2008 R2 and Windows 2008 SP2, also in IIS 8.x in Windows Server… Read more

PSA: You really need to update your Kerberos setup documentation with SetSPN -S!

Hi! You might remember me from such posts as Kerbie Goes Bananas, and SetSPN improvements for Windows 2008. Or something. I’m here with a public service announcement! Excitement! It’s been long enough since Windows 2008 (and the downlevel release of SetSPN) that I feel comfortable respectfully asking you to please: Search and Replace SetSPN -A… Read more

Improve Hyper-V Performance With Standard VGA!

Yes, kids, if you’re finding that the Hyper-V performance ain’t what it used to be since installing that whizbang graphics card driver on your shiny new seven core hyperthread-and-a-halved megaturboserver thing, you might be suffering from flushes. Read all about it here: Video performance may decrease when a Windows Server 2008-based computer has the Hyper-V… Read more

Old MPSReports

There’s a new MPS Reports version in town, with new features : new 64-bit friendliness, various forms of wizard-driven hotness for all the products the individual old tools used to support, etc, etc. Call me old school if you want, but I typically prefer the convenience of “run this and send me the CAB file”,… Read more

.HDMP and .MDMP files

Just a quickie – the rule is blog what you know, but I figure my speculation might be good enough here. A friend gave me an HDMP file and asked what I could make of it. After the usual “I could make a hat! Or a brooch! Or a dinosaur!” type stuff, I realized it… Read more

Mesh Gush

Hi Everybody! I’ve been laying low for a while, in read-only mode, sorting, filtering, evaluating and generally catching up on stuff! So, why break radio silence now? Well, I’m popping up to offer a quick endorsement for the Mesh platform, which was recently opened up to Australian testers. I’m excited. I love it, and it’s… Read more

That Memory Leak Revisited

While searching for memory leaking troubleshooting techniques that could be applied to 64-bit Windows (for the DHCP Server memory leak I found I had the other day), I stumbled across the answer to my problem in an internal tool (weird that I missed it from a web search the first time, but c’est la vie)…. Read more

Windows Server 2008 Diagnostics Off The Cuff

A word of caution to those of you that like endings: this isn’t over yet. I’m running a rather sad and noisy X64 desktop as a server at home. Once a proud warrior, actually, no, wait, it was never any good. It’s just a Virtual Server host (it’s not quite Hyper-V capable; next one will… Read more

What’s in IIS 7.0 for me?

While having a seemingly-innocuous chat with a colleague, I was asked to "throw together a few points" on what IIS 7.0 would do for a web application I’ve worked with in the past. Serves me right for talking to people, really. In this application’s case, authoring, publishing and content creation weren’t as important as eventual… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Desktop Edition

WS08 Workstation, Anyone?  Apart from those pesky Live applications that won’t install (why would anyone ever blog from a Server OS, as I’m doing now? Beats me…), I’ve had a relatively good run with Windows Server 2008 (x64, naturally) as my desktop OS. Key drawbacks: As mentioned, no official support of the Live suite (thanks!)… Read more