WS08 Feature of the Week #14 – Sub-queues in MSMQ 4.0

What are sub-queues? Subqueues are implicitly created local queues that are logical partitions of a physical queue. Applications can use subqueues to group messages. Subqueues are implicitly created when opened, are deleted when empty, and have no open handles. Messages cannot be sent to a subqueue. Messages can be received from subqueues, moved between the…


WS08 Feature of the Week #13 – Windows Process Activation Service (WAS)

What is Windows Process Activation Service? Windows Process Activation Service, also referred to as WAS, is a new component in IIS 7.0 that manages application pool configuration and worker processes instead of the WWW process. This enables the same configuration for both HTTP and non-HTTP sites to be used. Thanks to this separation (and in…


WS08 Feature Of The Week #12 – IIS7 Administration API

Hello everyone, and welcome back after our winter break hiatus. We have a lot of cool features to cover in the coming weeks that will especially show off the power of Windows Server 2008 as an application server. So, this week we will kick off the new year by taking a short little peek at…

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LHS Feature Of The Week #11 – Transactional NTFS + USB Flash Drive

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will revisit a prior Fear Of The Week technology that we discussed in order to show off a cool capability of that technology. If you are a developer wanting to mess around with TxF (Transactional NTFS), you should especially read…


LHS Feature Of The Week #10 – Application Recovery and Restart

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week’s newsletter will be short and sweet. We will go over the new Application Recovery and Restart API. The API itself is very small and very simple to use (which, in my opinion, is “A Good Thing” TM). What is Application Recovery…

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LHS Feature Of The Week #9 – Restart Manager

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this week’s edition of the “Longhorn Server Feature of the Week”, we will be taking a look at a new feature in Vista and Longhorn Server: the Restart Manager. What is the Restart Manager? The primary reason software updates require a system…


LHS Feature Of The Week #8 – Windows Error Reporting

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we take quick dive into some of the enhancements that have been made to Windows Error Reporting (WER) in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Error Reporting (WER)? Windows Error Reporting enables users to notify Microsoft of application faults, kernel…


LHS Feature Of The Week #7 – Boot Configuration Data

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will be looking at the robust replacement for boot.ini in Windows Vista and Longhorn Server: Boot Configuration Data. What is Boot Configuration Data? Boot configuration data (BCD) provides a store that is used to describe boot applications and boot application…

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LHS Feature Of The Week #6 – Windows Remote Management

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. This week, we will take a short little peek at the new Windows Remote Management infrastructure in Vista and Longhorn Server. What is Windows Remote Management? Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the Microsoft implementation of the WS-Management protocol, a standard SOAP-based, firewall-friendly protocol…


LHS Feature Of The Week #5 – Task Scheduler 2.0

Hello everyone, and welcome back to  the “Feature Of The Week” newsletter. In this fifth installment, we will take a short little peek at a series of enhancements coming in Vista and Longhorn Server to the Task Scheduler. What is the Task Scheduler API? The Task Scheduler API is an API that enables you to…