Having Network Problems on Win2003 SP2?

We’ve seen quite a few issues recently from customers having network problems on Windows Server 2003 SP2. These issue range from connections being reset to seeing things like database mirroring issues, etc. In other words, anything involving network traffic. In many of these issues, the problem is a new setting in Windows Server 2003 SP2…

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Creating Strings – A Case Study

I recently worked an issue with a customer who was experiencing high CPU. Performance Monitor data showed that the % of Time in GC was 46%. We generally recommend that you not be in GC more than 5% of the time, so this was a point of interest. One of the common causes of very…

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Purchase My Books in the Microsoft Company Store

I received notification today that Microsoft has decided to carry a small number of non-Microsoft Press books in the Microsoft Company Store in Redmond. One of those books will be mine, most likely my latest book on ASP.NET 3.5. If you’re a Microsoft employee or otherwise have access to the Company Store in Redmond, please…

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My New Zune : Thoughts from an iPod Junkie

Yesterday morning I replaced my iPod with a new Zune 2. I’ve owned 4 iPods over the years, and I’ve always loved them. When the first Zunes released, I wasn’t tempted at all to replace my trusty iPod. That all changed when I heard of the new features in Zune 2, and after using the…

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New Hotfix: Run ASP.NET Without Full Trust in My_Computer_Zone

I have been working with the product group on a new hotfix that allows you to run ASP.NET 2.0 applications without associating the My_Computer_Zone code group with the Full Trust permission set in Code Access Security. The new hotfix is available now under KB article 943598. Pay careful attention to the KB article because it…

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Long Delay on First Request to ASP.NET 2.0 Application

I have worked several issues recently regarding long delays on the first request to an ASP.NET application. These delays are much longer than typical app domain startups and JIT compiles. To troubleshoot these issues, I get hang dumps of the process to see what’s going on. In those dumps, I can see that we are…

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Running ASP.NET in a Shared Hosting Environment

I was recently working on an issue with a large international hosting company. This company hosts many websites in a shared hosting environment, and one of their customers had uploaded a page that performed some tasks using ASP.NET that greatly concerned them. The ASP.NET page allowed the following when it was browsed: Browsing of files…

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Automating aspnet_compiler in Visual Web Developer

Visual Studio has a cool user interface for publishing a website using the Publish Web Site dialog, accessible by selecting Build, Publish Web Site. You can use this dialog to pre-compile your website and avoid having to deploy source code. Visual Web Developer Express doesn’t offer this dialog, but because the Publish Web Site dialog…

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ASP.NET Version Madness

With the impending release of Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008, along with the .NET Framework 3.5, there is a bit of confusion around version numbers for ASP.NET. Before I get too far into this, let me just say right now that this post has little hope for clarifying things too much, but…

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Why don’t my .NET Framework patches install?

I recently worked an issue with a customer who was rolling out some patches to over 50,000 computers across his enterprise using SMS. SMS reported that the patches successfully installed on all workstations, but my customer noticed a strange anomoly that he couldn’t explain. Even though SMS reported a successful installation on all of his…

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