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Hyper-V Synthetic Networking Is Much Faster
I decided it was time to look at upgrading my home broadband, mostly to get better-than-128KB upload speeds. After the ISP-side change had eventually wound its way through, I was interested to see that while my upload speeds had improved, my download speeds still seemed capped at about 25Mbits/s ...
9 Mar 2015
IIS 7 - LH Beta 3 Launch Stuff
Tons of cool new things in Longhorn Beta 3 on the IIS front , including: ... the first beta of our new FTP server . This isn't a part of Longhorn Server Beta 3, but it is available today and offers a lot of brand new features for you to experience today. The new IIS7 FTP server includes secure publishing...
26 Apr 2007
PL15W2SP.DLL vs Firewall Client
As I possibly misspelled or misremembered it, the PL15ws2p.dll (possible sic) file was installed as a Winsock Layered Service Provider on a couple of boxes at a customer site. Coincidentally, these machines were Windows Server 2008 machines where we couldn’t get the Firewall Client to work properly...
19 Aug 2009
ISA 2006 Release Candidate now downloadable
Nearly missed this one, but with the launch of ISA 2006 and its impending RTM, an RC build of ISA 2006 is now available . I'm running the previous beta as a web proxy with no complications; I'm looking forward to seeing what's in the new build. I'm also kinda hoping to get back to using it as an edge...
12 Jun 2006
Xbox Live vs TMG
Foreword - Added 2011-03-08 As far as I'm aware, nothing significant has changed since the blog linked here - ISA Server is now TMG, sure, but XBox Live and TMG don't officially support one another. This blog post captures something that seems to work for me, but may not work for you. (If you find...
6 May 2010
NLB: The Importance Of Interface Metrics
More on Network Load Balancing... If you're setting up a garden-variety NLB (WLBS / " Wibbles ") cluster, there are a couple of things that will possibly make life easier: For multi-NIC configurations where one adapter is for incoming cluster traffic and the other is for back-end stuff (say, Terminal...
9 Jun 2004
NLB: Dedicated IP Addresses Explained (An NLB Myth debunked?)
For information on Network Load Balancing - or “ Wibbles ” as we affectionately refer to it locally - it was called Windows Load Balancing Service, or WLBS until Windows 2000 - the definitive guide still appears to be nlbtech2.doc at the time of writing. I think there was a newer version...
15 Apr 2004
ISA 2004: FTP Uploads are off by default. Mostly.
Something I ran across before work: With ISA 2004, the FTP filter is a slightly different beast from ISA 2000. In ISA 2000, the FTP Application Filter added two distinct protocol definitons: FTP, and FTP Download Only. You could assign permissions to either to allow a user to upload, or not. With...
12 Oct 2004
TMG SP2 Update Rollup 2 out now
Several reliability fixes included: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2689195 To install UR2, you need to be running SP2 (with or without UR1) already.
7 May 2012
IIS WebDAV Security Advisory
Today, an IIS 5.0 to 6.0 security advisory was released: Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/971492.mspx If you’re using WebDAV on any version prior to 7.0 (where it was completely rewritten, and released...
19 May 2009
Search Box Shortcuts Exist!
Dugie clued me up on the .lnk technique , which looks pretty cool, but I wondered if there was an easy, shortcutty way to use the search box in IE7 ( now I've got my provider ducks in a line )... Looks like it's in the help! (slightly consolidated) To do this Press this ...
8 Jun 2006
Live Logging FTW! An Example
(for the over-15s reading this blog, FTW means "for the win", and means something/someone is really good, according to my human-subhuman interface, and is popular with teh Kids Online. Never say I don't try to bridge the generation gap for y'all.) I've mentioned before that " Live Logging is win ...
19 Sep 2005
Communities Blog Portal Now Open! With Keyword RSS Feeds!
http://www.microsoft.com/communities/blogs/PortalHome.mspx Coolest feature: the ability to fashion a keyword/category query into an RSS feed across all Microsoft blogs. If you're only interested in certain things (and personalities be damned!), you can sign up for the keyword feed. (And if you...
10 Jul 2004
ISA and IAS, and IAS.
IAS (Internet Authentication Service) - is Microsoft's implementation of a RADIUS server (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service). I tend to use the terms RADIUS and IAS interchangeably. ISA Server (Internet Security and Acceleration Server) is Microsoft's implementation of a soft and fluffy web...
8 Jun 2005
ISA 2004: "All IP Traffic" really means it
With ISA 2000, while "All IP Traffic" rules were open slather for Firewall clients, they actually meant "All IP Traffic For Which I Have A Protocol Definition" for SecureNAT clients. With ISA 2004, that's no longer the case, it really means everything, so there's no need to create loads of definitions...
4 Feb 2005
ISA 2000: The End Draws Near
While updating some documentation today and noticing it’s 2011 (when, exactly, did that happen?), I dug up the ISA Server 2000 Lifecycle information. Paraphrasing the table here : Availability Mainstream Support Ends Extended Support Ends Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 Enterprise Edition...
8 Feb 2011
ISA 2004 Standard Edition SP1 Available Now
(When it rains, it pours...) The first Service Pack for Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004 is now available for download. Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=69c5d85c-5c80-473c-9cb4-60dda75d568d&displaylang=en
3 Mar 2005
IE6 Phishing Philter Phrom MSN
The MSN Search blog just announced that they've made available a Phishing Filter for IE6 (for XPSP2, says the site), as an MSN Toolbar Add-In . I'll be applying this to the PCs of all the over-40s that I know, including my Parental Units. Phishing scares me, on their behalf. I've been Phished at before...
8 Sep 2005
ISA 2004 Firewall Rule Guidelines
Spotted via Stanislas , the ISA Server Guidance Centre has published an article on Firewall rules processing and best practice configuration that helps understand the performance implications of various items. A particularly interesting tip, among many: Network for Infected Computers Create...
3 Jun 2005
LCS 2005 Resource Kit Out Now
We just released the Live Communications Server 2005 Resource Kit to Microsoft.com. It's available now from the Microsoft Download Center . If you're using LCS2005 (and in some cases LCS2003, I'm told), it's worth checking out. This release of the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 Resource...
11 Jan 2005
(The catchily-titled) TMG 2010 SP1 SU1 UR4 is out now!
That’s Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 + Service Pack 1 + Software Update 1 + Update Rollup 4 to its friends. This is the latest 2011 update for TMG – see the fix list at the KB article. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2517957 The larger list of ISA Server build numbers is still here...
22 Jun 2011
Subtleties of Denying Traffic
In ISA Server 2004, if you're using custom ports as part of a publishing rule for a protocol, an Access Rule won't be able to block that protocol on a non-default port. To try to illustrate: Say you're Server Publishing RDP for two internal servers using two rules that publish RDP (Terminal Server...
22 Sep 2005
ISA 2004 Enterprise Edition Trial Download Now Available
Go get it from http://www.microsoft.com/isaserver/evaluation/trial/ .
2 Mar 2005
TMG Web Protection In Action
Today, I arrived at my desk to find a link from one of my relatives waiting for me in an MSN window (sorry, Windows Live Messenger – old habits die hard). This was unusual behaviour for the person involved, so I was instantly suspicious. I used Mesh to sign into one of my home PCs, and sure enough, the...
7 Jan 2010
ISA Server Coding Corner
The ISA Server Coding Corner (so corner-y, I didn't know it was there)... Light on editorial, heavy on script examples. It's the first time I've seen it, so here's the plug. Another scripty tip: If you're an infrequent user of the ISA Server SDK (as I am), you might find it a pain to find by a...
18 May 2006
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