Using a Windows Azure startup script to prevent your site from being shutdown

Did you know that, by default, IIS will shutdown your site upon the following events? a) After being idle for 20 minutes.b) Every 29 hours (due to recycling). The first vistor to your site after one of these events will encounter a poor user experience (slow response) whilst a new IIS app pool is initialised. …

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Unexpected prompts for integrated authentication on WSS Developer VM

After installing all outstanding updates on the WSS Developer VM I started getting unexpected prompts for authentication. First I tried disabling the loopback check as per KB896861.  Unfortunately, no luck. Seems the issue had to do with IE detecting the wrong zone.  It was detecting the Internet zone whilst I’m clearly in the Intranet zone…

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Troubleshooting an unresponsive web server (IIS) – Part 1 of 2, gathering the data

A web server is deemed to be unresponsive if it’s either not providing a response at all and/or it’s not achieving the response time (performance) expectations of the users.   In my “Troubleshooting 101” post, I mentioned that after the problem has been defined (ie basic facts collected), the next step in the troubleshooting process…

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