Erez's IIS Blog

  • Automating IIS configuration with .Net

    Configuring websites can be a tedious task, especially if you have large systems to manage, such as hosting providers do. If you are tired of doing this sort of thing manually, Visual Studio Magazine has published a detailed guide on using .Net code to...
  • IIS log size–under your control!

    Logging the traffic coming into a website is very important, but on a busy site, the log can generates many gigabytes of data every day, making it hard to control disk-space and prevent the drives from filling up. As a result, many users turn off logging...
  • More info about HeartBleed

    After my blog post on the topic , questions continue to flow about the effect it has on Windows, Azure and IIS. A lot of the question really show how confusing SSL technology is to many people. Much has been written about HeartBleed, and it wouldn't...
  • IIS Manager reaches out into the cloud!

    Most people think Azure’s portal is terrific, and especially the new version, but for those of us who have been using IIS Manager to operate their local servers, using the same familiar interface to manage their cloud has been high on the wishlist...
  • Information about HeartBleed and IIS

    The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL ( CVE-2014-0160 ) has received a significant amount of attention recently. While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically...
  • Top support solutions!

    Having been around for so long, and encompassing so many technologies, information about using IIS and solving problems is more than abundant. The IIS.Net website alone has thousands of article, which can make it challenging to find what you need. To...
  • Huge growth in Microsoft’s market share for web servers!

    Millions of people out there are using IIS to host their websites, but we all know it’s not the only product on the market. For many years, Apache was leading with a significant margin, but things are finally starting to change. According to NetCraft...
  • Ace the Azure test!

    Well…this isn’t really about any test, but keeping the massive range of things Azure web sites can do and how to do them in one’s head could be challenging. Luckily, Cory Fowler , one of Azure’s best evangelists has built this fantastic informational...
  • Where did my visitors go?!

    For anyone who owns a website, a top-priority is usually driving traffic up. Whether it’s a content-based site like a blog or forum, or a sales-driven site like an online store, we all want as many people as possible to visit our sites. Most hosting solutions...
  • Azure placed as leader by Gartner in Enterprise Application Platform as a Service!

    Windows Azure has been growing and improving at a very rapid pace, and looks like our efforts are starting to get recognized and appreciated. The most recent sign of this is being classified as “leader” by Gartner in their Q1 2014 Magic Quadrant report...
  • Claudia, the cloud girl from Japan.

    If you go into a Japanese bookstore, and browse the tech section, you might run into this title – WordPress on Windows Azure: Who is this lovely lady, you might ask yourself…well, meet Claudia Madobe , the cloud girl (her last name means “Window-sill...
  • New book about Azure Web Sites (WAWS) by Tejaswi Redkar

    If you were looking for a great way to learn about Azure Web Sites, you’re going to love the new book by Tejaswi Redkar. Tejaswi is colleague of mine and serves as Director of business products at Microsoft. He’s been around for quite a bit and is a leading...
  • Installing ARR manually without WebPI

    Microsoft’s Application Request Router (ARR) IIS Extension is a complex piece of software which integrates with several other components to do its job. These components are URL Rewrite , Web Farm Framework and ARR’s External Cache module. For things to...
  • Make it FAST!

    Going fast is always fun, but when it comes to your hardware, it could mean saving a lot of money on hardware and stretching your budget to the max. Software developers usually spend a lot of time and energy on making their product run as lean and efficient...
  • New features in ARR (Application Request Routing) 3.0

    Technorati Tags: IIS News Item Introduction Application Request Routing (ARR) is a proxy-based routing module that uses HTTP headers, server variables, and load balance algorithms to determine how to forward HTTP requests to content servers. The...
  • Certificates on the rebound

    When Christopher Bullock wrote about the certainties in life in his book The Political History of the Devil , he probably should have added a 3 rd certainty…that your certificates WILL expire and you’ll have to renew them. I think we can forgive that...
  • Perfect Secrecy in an imperfect world

    While security is on everyone’s mind, some organization with higher than usual security requirements have had some concerns regarding the encryption used in web-based transactions. Everyone knows that SSL encryption is pretty much the default for any...
  • New book about Windows Server 2012 R2!

    My good buddy Mitch Tulloch just published a free eBook covering what’s new with Windows Server 2012 R2 . The book has several pages covering IIS, and Mitch has done a terrific job covering it, as usual. The book is available to download for free here...
  • Application Request Router (ARR) 3.0 is here!

    Good news, everyone! After a long time in Beta, ARR 3.0 is finally out and about. Thanks to tremendous work done by Jenny Lawrance from the IIS Dev team and Pandian Ramakrishnan from the IIS Test team, Application Request Router is here, and has some...
  • Dynamic IP restrictions deny action settings.

    Like most settings in IIS, the options for deny-action settings in Dynamic IP restrictions can be adjusted from the IIS UI, or via PowerShell. In the UI, this is how it looks like: However, if you tried to adjust this settings using PowerShell, you might...
  • Hook me up!

    Who doesn’t LOVE reading log files? Probably those who have really busy servers that generate hundreds of mega-bytes of logs every minute. Even though the log format of IIS is standardized and many tools can parse them easily, this still presents three...
  • Log a rhythm

    Even before the day logs were just a piece of wood used to measure the speed of a ship, captains have looked for ways to know what’s going on under the deck, and with the new version of IIS in Windows Server 2012 R2 we have kicked the logging ability...
  • Registration complete!

    As I mentioned before , one of the things we had a particular interest in addressing with this release of IIS as part of Windows Server 2012 R2 was its scalability when handling a large number of sites. A key ingredient for this is what we call site ...
  • IIS at TechEd–introducing and demonstrating the new features

    In the next few weeks, I’ll be posting several additional posts about the new features in IIS 8.5, and we will be posting documentation on our main site http://www.iis.net , as well as on TechNet. We have also presented about the new features as part...
  • New feature in IIS 8.5: Idle worker-process page-out

    With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, we are including a new version of IIS – version 8.5, which contains several new and exciting features. In the next few weeks, I will be discussing them and how they can benefit your organization. The first feature...