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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...
13 Jan 2009
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: ...
18 Jul 2011
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...
21 Dec 2007
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...
8 Sep 2010
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...
29 Jan 2009
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...
4 Jun 2009
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...
9 Apr 2008
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...
10 Feb 2012
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...
29 Feb 2008
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...
16 Feb 2012
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...
25 Jun 2008
.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,...
23 Sep 2008
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...
5 Aug 2009
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...
15 Mar 2008
(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...
7 May 2010
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,...
20 Jun 2008
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...
27 Oct 2011
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...
29 Feb 2008
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
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...
22 Dec 2011
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...
12 May 2009
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...
10 Oct 2011
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