This is non-technical please!

Recently I had a so called honor to receive my sister and brother-in-law at the airport.Well it was a grueling moment for me when I came to know that their flight was delayed by an hour. My sis makes sure that she is late for any such occasion wherein i am at the receiving end…just…


Hotfix available at a click…no more calls required to PSS!

No more hassles to call into Microsoft Product Support services for any Hotfix…no more getting a case created just for a hotfix….no more waiting in the Queue to get a support professional to deliver you a hotfix. Ain’t it a good news 🙂   Recently Microsoft has come up with an online request submission for Hotfix….

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Case Study: Host header, IP and Port combinations within IIS

  Talking about IIS website configurations when it comes to IP Address, Port, Host headers cause a lot of confusion to many Web Administrators. Here I will be going (a bit of unnecessary details though) to explain how the configuration resolves to Websites when a web request comes to IIS. Environment IIS6.0 I have multiple IP addresses for my…

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IIS ADMIN service fail to start?

  An issue that causes a lot of headache to Web Admins is when IISADMIN service does not start up for no reason. Here are a quick troubleshooting steps you can do before you look around and yell for help or call into Microsoft Product Support services and shell out some $$. — Check and…

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Unable to see the Project/Web Site link in the Start Page of Visual Studio 2005

  I remember I had worked with a customer on a support incident long way back wherein VS 2005 was not displaying links for Open and Create for Projects and Websites as shown in the screenshot below: In Visual Studio 2005 we were unable to see the Web Site or the Project link in the Start…

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IE, Office 2003 and Office 2007 behavior to save a file with characters like []

Recently I came across an issue where one of our customers wanted to open a file from the website and, when they get an Open/Save pop up they should click on Open and then once the file is open in Microsoft Excel 2003, should be able to save it with the original name as provided in the code. Here is the…


Troubleshooting Anonymous authentication failures in IIS

Recently I was checking MSDN and KBs for a quick check on troubleshooting anonymous authentication, and sadly I could not find a single article devoted to it (that’s strictly my personal experience). We often get calls on issues related to Anonymous authentication failures and this is something which I feel a user can fix oneself without requiring our support. My aim in this…

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Client Certificate revisited….How to troubleshoot client certificate related issues

Well, I am back to Client certificate again, guess the reason being a lot of support calls that we getting off late are related to any of the following four errors, especially the first two. 403.7 403.13 403.16 403.17 ( I will cover .16 and .17 very briefly since they are very self-explanatory and easy to…

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Viewstate…

This blog entry is not to discuss viewstate, but just to share a few links which I really found useful and exhaustive for any viewstate enthusiast. I generally do not prefer adding a bunch of links here, but could not contain myself from sharing these two links, after going through lot many which were kindaa….not really impressive. If…


A quick walkthrough with myself…

Hi there, Well I am four blogs old now and am yet to introduce myself. Perhaps I had to muster enough strengths to let myself out here. To start with, My name is Saurabh Singh. I am a Computer Engineer; completed my B.E. in 2002. I am currently working with Microsoft GTSC, India. My job involves helping our customers and…