How to delete a Web App backup

Backing up your Web App and associated database is something you need to take very seriously. You never know when something might happen that requires a restoration of a backup. For example, the deployment of some bad code or the accidental removal of numerous files. Individuals or companies running IT services without backups, are taking…

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Creating a W3WP memory dump on Windows Server 2012 R2

On a web server with multiple application pools, there most likely will be multiple W3WP processes. Therefore, the first action to take when creating a memory dump of a W3WP worker process is to find which one you need to get the dump of. I wrote a short article on how to get a worker…

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HTTP 500 Azure App Service Web App

When accessing your Azure App Service Web App, if you receive an HTTP 500 response, similar to that shown in Figure 1, first step is to add or modify the customErrors attribute and set the mode property to Off, as shown in Figure 2.   Figure 1, Azure Web App returns a 500   Figure…

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Scan your App Service for vulnerabilities

A recent feature deployed for App Services (Web App, Mobile App, API App or Logic App) is a tool that can scan your App Service for vulnerabilities, announced here. Once you have signed up, you will see a link to your management console similar to that shown in Figure 1. Figure 1, check your App…

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What I learned from sleeping with the band

I have been using the Microsoft Band since it was brought to market and I am a big fan of it. Although I actively use all its features, I have learned the most about myself and made the most changes to myself based on the data captured during my sleep. (be sure to read the…

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Using the Azure WebJob API

I wrote an article here that discusses how to troubleshoot a WebJob, during the creation of that post I found decided to figure out this technique as well (calling the WebJob API).  Originally, I was using the Azure SDK to trigger the WebJob from Visual Studio Server Explorer, as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1,…

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Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015, co-author Benjamin Perkins

Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015, co-author Benjamin Perkins The Beginning C# 6 Programming with Visual Studio 2015 book is now available, check it out.  I had the opportunity to contribute a some chapters to it.  What an awesome experience!  There are lots of examples, experiences, discussions and reviews of the new features…

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Configure an IIS Server Core server for remote management

To configure an IIS 8.5 server running on Server Core, perform the following: Install the Web-Server role Install the Web-Mgmt-Service Enable Remote Management Set the WMSVC service to start automatically Create connection from Remote IIS Management Console In a situation where you need to closely manage physical resources, you might consider using the Server Core…

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Install Failed Request Tracing on IIS 8.5 Server Core

To setup Failed Request Tracing on an IIS 8.5 Server Core server, follow these steps. Start PowerShell Install the Web-Http-Tracing Role, using Install-WindowsFeature Configure the rule via a Remote Management IIS connection How to configure an IIS Server Core server for remote management Start PowerShell When you login to a Service Core installation of Windows…

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What does Connection_Dropped_List_Full mean

Tweet When you look in the HTTP Error log (c:\Windows\System32\LogFiles\HTTPERR\) and see a lot of Connection_Dropped_List_Full error reasons logged, it means that the client has dropped the connection so many times, in a short period, that the log in which the dropped connections are stored has become full.  You might also see numerous 200.0.64 HTTP…

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Using Entity Framework and Web API, I get a 500 Internal Server Error or a Hang

I was working on some code that used Entity Framework and an ASP.NET WebAPI as the interface for accessing the data.  With my experience so far, when I publish my WebAPI and then access it, the result is a JSON formatted file that I can open or save via a message popup similar to that…

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Helloworld WebJob on Microsoft Azure - Web App

I watched this Channel9 Video here and decided to reproduce it in writing.  The steps required to create this sample HelloWorld WebJob for hosting with a Web App are: Create a Web Site and Console Application Include the Console App into the Web Site Deploy the Web Site to a Web App Execute the WebJob…

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Creating a Wi-Fi connection to my Lumia 640XL, with the Gadgeteer

My first Gadgeteer project I wrote about here used an Ethernet connection.  However, this limited the mobility of my device and therefore wanted to configure the device to connect to a Wi-Fi network.  I must mention that another coolness factor with this Wi-Fi project was I used the Wi-Fi internet sharing capability on my Microsoft…

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Troubleshoot a Web API Self Host performance problem

If you have not tried creating a Self-Hosted Web API, you might give it a shot, here is a good, getting started example.  Once it gets into production, if you are looking for ways to troubleshoot a slow performing self-hosted Web API, searching for a W3WP process to take a memory dump of or applying…

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