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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? IIS Exploring the subtleties of Microsoft's web service
Simplifying security cofiguration between web and database servers
A question was posed to our user group's listserv yesterday. After typing up a response I saw that I had written a short novel on the subject, and thought it may be of use to those outside our group. First the question posed: > My employer doesn't want to expose it's production databases to the world, so they sit safely behind a firewall. The production web servers want to talk to those databases, so we open the right ports to let them talk through matching, local machine user accounts. This way ......

Posted On Thursday, February 7, 2008 3:49 AM

Windows 2008 Server Core is worth a look
I've been experimenting with the Server Core version of Windows Server 2008 for a project I'm working on. You may be aware that Win2K8 ships with this great new streamlined "Server Core" mode that you can select during setup. Installation is lightining-fast, just 10 minutes on my Core 2 Duo machine. (And that's including the 2 reboots, hardware detection, and everything!) You end up with only a very minimal set of GUI tools, including notepad and regedit. The thing is lean and mean, and can run very ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 6:02 AM

Microsoft brought FPSE back. Will VS2003 work in Vista now?
Some Sharepoint and Front Page folks will no doubt be rejoicing over a beta that was quietly released last Tuesday afternoon. Front Page Server Extensions are now available for Vista and Longorn Server. I thought that perhaps this could open the door to developing ASP.NET 1.1 apps on Vista using Visual Studio 2003, so I decided to do a quick test. You see, VS2005 is very versatile as to how it can open webs, but when Visual Studio 2003 opens a web site, it can only use FPSE. And the lack of FPSE ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 12:22 PM

Resolving the "Sys is undefined" error in ASP.NET AJAX RTM under IIS 7
A plea out to all those who are using ASP.NET AJAX with sites on IIS7, either under Vista or Longhorn Server: I've been battling a strange issue with ASP.NET AJAX on IIS 7 running under Vista. It's a site that was upgraded from RC1 to RTM, and works great under IIS 6. Have troubleshot it enough under IIS 7 to determine that if the AppPool has the Managed Pipeline Mode set to "Integrated", it fails, and if it's set to "Classic", it works perfectly. The error I'm getting is one that was common during ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 12:16 PM

The guy who wrote IE, plus the guy who wrote ASP.NET, both on stage next week in Phoenix!
Come see the original creator of ASP.NET — Scott GuthrieANDThe original creator of Internet Explorer — Eric Sinkat the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix, Arizona! Once a year AZGroups puts on a really big free event featuring in-depth technical content from top-notch industry experts. This year they’re featuring two speakers you usually only get to see during keynotes at major conferences. This world-class event is being held in the pristine Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:35 PM

Come see Eric Sink and Scott Guthrie in Phoenix
The Arizona .NET User Group is proud to presentLive, for one day onlyEric Sink and Scott Guthrie My friend Scott Cate and I have been busy organizing our biggest function of the year for the Arizona .NET user group. This free all-day event will be held Wednesday September 6th at the Orpheum theater in Phoenix, Arizona. A little about our featured guests: Scott Guthrie is a General Manager within Microsoft’s Developer Division. He runs the development teams that build: ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 12:14 PM

Using client certificates with ASP.NET
Here's a fun question that came through the Arizona .NET User's Group list about using client certificates with ASP.NET: Question:How do you set up a client x509 certificate to be used by code run by an ASP.NET process? This article didn't help: The WinHttpCertCfg.exe util would not install certs into the store. I had to use the mmc certificates plugin. The workaround I did in development was to log in as the web user and install the ......

Posted On Friday, December 30, 2005 3:35 PM

A convenient way to deal with "Unexpected Error 0x8ffe2740"
Ever had the annoying problem of IIS not wanting to start, coughing up the message "Unexpected Error 0x8ffe2740 Occurred."? The reason is that some other application has grabbed port 80. The most common applications doing this are Skype or Trillion. You can try just ending task on them and see if IIS will then start. If you're not running either of those then what could it be? Microsoft's KB article about the subject describes using the third-party utilities TCPView or FPort. But I think an easier ......

Posted On Monday, December 12, 2005 3:27 AM

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