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  • Blog Post: Home Hyper-V Networking Gotchas

    Before the holidays, I bought myself an early present: a new quad-core box with 4GB RAM, which I was going to use for a home Hyper-V lab, so that I could run a bunch of 64-bit VMs as well as the 32-bit staples I’ve been using for years (SBS 2003, and a separate ISA Server box). I’d had Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: DebugDiag 1.2 (64-bit capable, .Net 2.0+ compatible) released

    Great news, everybody! Wait, that was Farnsworth-y - no, really, it’s great news! DebugDiag 1.2 (or to give it its full title, the Debug Diagnostic Toolkit) has been released to the web and is available from the Microsoft Download Center . Notes from the email that described this release: Analysis: ...
  • Blog Post: SetSPN improvements in Windows Server 2008! W00t!

    Update: Most recent SetSPN ramblings (short: use -S instead of -A). All this stuff is based on a prerelease (RC1) version of Windows Server 2008 and may change before final release. Cheques may not be honoured. I had a happy moment one night in India when the trainer for our IIS 7.0 TTT course...
  • Blog Post: Ooh! The Web Farm Framework for IIS 7.x!

    ScottGu has the detail of (and a walkthrough for) the Web Farm Framework, which looks to make high-uptime application publishing, deployment and maintentance a snap. Last month we released a beta of the Microsoft Web Farm Framework. The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product we are shipping...
  • Blog Post: IAG – now available for Hyper-V

    Of all the things I could be doing right now, blogging is the one that won. Feel special? Procrastination, but with a helpful bent. IAG SP2 is now a VHD for Hyper-V Your mission, Jim, is to make that into a song. The most interesting “wow” moment I had today was reading that IAG (Intelligent Application...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server 2006 on Windows Server 2008: Nup

    Update 6 May 2010: Hello! If you're reading this, it's now at least 2010, and the answer to your question is: the version of ISA Server that works on Windows 2008 is called Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010 . Also, it's exclusively 64-bit. ISA 2006 doesn't have a 64-bit flavour (though...
  • Blog Post: The Cat's Out Of The Bag: ISA Server will become ForeFront TMG

    So, we all know that ISA 2006 doesn't work on Windows Server 2008 . Massive architectural changes to the IP stack, blah blah, etc, etc. People (uh, yeah, just "people") have been asking about what's to become of ISA Server for a while: "There's no ISA 2008 announced!" they'd scream...
  • Blog Post: Important Kerberos-related hotfix for IIS 7.5

    Users cannot access an IIS-hosted website after the computer password for the server is changed in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2545850 Essentially, if the computer acount password changes, AppPoolIdentities might be unable to perform...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: RemoteFX (with Hyper-V) is a serious business tool. For games.

    The Setup My downstairs PC (on the dining room table) is an HP Touchsmart all-in-one Core 2 Duo Intel Integrated Graphics 965-based box, which makes it absolutely abominable for games. Upstairs, my internet connection plugs into my Hyper-V host (actually, a TMG instance on it), and I’ve a...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: .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 wouldn’t open anyway. In my experience,...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: IIS7 Modules Aplenty - WebDAV, Bitrate Throttling

    New modules, supported by Microsoft, are now officially RTMd (RTWd?) and available for use with IIS 7.0. WebDAV Yay new WebDAV! Yay being able to enable it on specific parts of a site! Yay better! Robert: http://blogs.msdn.com/robert_mcmurray/archive/2008/03/12/webdav-extension-for-windows-server...
  • Blog Post: Slow IO?

    (aka IOlwayscallsmethat. OK, horrendous joke based on a bad Dad Joke. Geneva has been notified.) Exciting news over at the NTDebugging blog – a new Storport.sys update that enables ETW tracing of slow IO, for Windows 2008 and up. It’s more involved than a registry-key-and-go, but if you’re facing what...
  • Blog Post: 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 be). SBS 2003,...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Kerberos for SharePoint farms - a generic gotchas list

    Recently, I worked on a Kerberos configuration issue with a customer; these are my notes from the visit. You’ll see some common themes with Kerbie Goes Bananas , and it puts much of that into practice. Speaking of, I must redo Kerbie with SetSPN -S (shameface) 1. DNS should use an A record...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 (as of Win2008 R2 and Windows 2008...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...