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Complimentary* copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition Software ( not express )

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* Nominal fee and shipping and handling charges apply. Offer good in the United States only through June 30, 2007, while supplies last. This offer is available only to professionals employed in the area of software development who attend any two Visual Basic 2005 Labcasts and submit the evaluation form for each session. Limit one per customer. This offer is non-transferable. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. Microsoft is not responsible for non-delivery of the complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition due to incorrect mailing information provided by recipient. Taxes, if any, are the sole responsibility of the recipient.


FAILED REQ TRACING: Provider Not Showing
I came accross this posting on this morning and thought I should post it here as it could be relevant to someone in the near future.


When using Failed Request Tracing, you are unable to configure or use the ASP.Net trace provider (it does not show up in the list of providers to select when creating a new trace rule) even after ensuring that & .Net extensibility are installed. 

This is a known setup timing issue that causes the provider definition to get accidentally deleted.  It has been fixed in current Longhorn Server & Vista SP1 builds.

Workaround is to do the following:
  1. Open %windir%\system32\inetsrv\config\applicationHost.config in your favourite xml editor (such as NOTEPAD).
  2. Add the following to <traceProviderDefinitions>


           …other providers defined…


                    <add name="ASPNET" guid="{AFF081FE-0247-4275-9C4E-021F3DC1DA35}">


                            <add name="Infrastructure" value="1" />

                            <add name="Module" value="2" />

                            <add name="Page" value="4" />

                            <add name="AppServices" value="8" />




Hope this helps you out in the mean time. 


    Program Manager - IIS
    Release/Proj Mgmt & Support/Health/Instr/Tracing/Logging

    Just a small update on the IISxpress 2.1 beta....

    I have been running the IISxpress 2.1 beta for 4 days now with no problems at all. The live stats are displayed in the top right of this web site, but in 4 days it has accumilated the follows stats.

    Compression Statistics




    146,085 KB


    31,712 KB


    78.3 %

    That is great news for me since the blog site was taking about 80% of my monthly allocation of bandwidth, it will be interesting at the end of the month to see the savings.

    New IIS 7 Videos that may help you decide if IIS 7 is the way you should be thinking....

    Eric Woersching, the IIS Product Manager, had the wild idea of putting these together as a way to get the message out about IIS7.  Developer Evangelist Asli Bilgin stepped up to do the presentation and the rest is history.  If you want to learn more about IIS7, check out these cool videos:

    Developer's introduction to IIS7

    IIS7 in Windows Vista integration in IIS7

    Extensibility in IIS7

    What ever happened to the IIS Evangelist Brett Hill?, he keeps pretty quiet for an Evangelist!

    Free download: "Visual Studio 2005: A Guided Tour"

    This 92-page issue contains the best MSDN Magazine Visual Studio 2005 coverage from the past two years, updated for the final release. Find out what's new in C#, C++, Visual Basic, Windows Forms, ASP.NET, Team System, security, and C++generic types -- download your copy now!

    IISxpress 2.1 (beta) - Ripcord Software wants you

    Ripcord Software has been working hard on their new version of IISxpress. IISxpress is a powerful and highly configurable compression plug-in for IIS. IISxpress will significantly reduce the bandwidth requirements of your web site, reducing your costs and giving your users the best web browsing experience possible.

    Some of the features of this product

  1. Control your IIS compression settings by file type, content type, URI (virtual directory) and IP address.
  2. View in real-time your IIS server's performance; monitor CPU usage, memory usage and compression effectiveness.
  3. Compatible with all major browsers: Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Firefox, Opera and Safari. 

    This beta is version 2.1 for 32bit and 64bit Windows Vista, 2003, XP and 2000. This version will also install and run on Windows Server "Longhorn" build 5600.

  4. The major features of this release are:

    • Now supports Windows Vista RTM and Windows Server "Longhorn" 5600.
    • Compression Cache - static content will be stored in the cache allowing for very fast compressed responses.
    • User-definable CPU Loading Model - on a multi-CPU system you can specify which CPU cores are used for compression tasks.
    • Update check - check that you have the latest version of the software.
    • The installer and all binaries are now signed to prevent tampering.


    You can see how the compression can work - requesting my Home Page would normally return 85KB, but with the IISXpress 2.1 it is now returning only 15KB, that is an 82% saving on bandwidth.

    Note: Not all files will compress this much, but this does show you how much you could save.

    *IISxpress Cache configuration page

    The compression cache stores the most recent compressed responses. You can specify the size of the cache and the number of responses to store. Responses served from the cache can be up to 10 times faster than a full compression pass.

    IISxpress Cache configuration page

    Specify the way IISxpress uses your CPUs for compression tasks. Select from Automatic, Manual or None. In Automatic mode IISxpress will allocate a CPU for each response. In Manual mode you specify which CPU cores IISxpress is allowed to use. When None is selected the Operating System manages the division of the compression tasks.

    IISxpress Exclude URIs page

    When you use IISxpress you can control which parts of your web sites are compressed. Here all the folders below FlexWiki will not be compressed (they are shown in red).

    Great news for workstation users of IISxpress, version 2.1.

    When version 2.1 is released it will be available for FREE for all users of Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Professional.

    Take the IISxpress SpeedTest challenge.

    Click here or here to see what HTTP compression could do for you.

    Download here


  6. Windows Vista Gadget for Weather

    We all know there is a lot of Weather Gadgets out there for Windows Vista Side Bar. Well I have written one as well and it utilizes the data from Weather Display users. These users are mainly private indiviuals who have an interest in Weather and provide this data to users on the Internet through there web sites.

    The Vista Gadget that I have written reads a file that these Weather Display users expose to the Internet called clientraw.txt and clientrawextra.txt.

    Some of the features of my gadget is:

    • The background changes based on the current weather conditions and time of day.
    • It supports displaying data in a rotating fashion so the display is small and not too cluttered.
    • It supports a flyout window showing more details including graphs of temperature, barometric pressure and rainfall.

    The gadget is obviously free and includes like most gadgets the full source code in HTML & Javascript.

    I would be interested in any comments anyone has on the gadget.....

    The gadget can be downloaded from my friends web site

    The list of sites that you can display the weather from is limited at this time as we want each site owner to add them selves to the list. We expect the list to grow when the gadget is known to more people.

    It was only released last week and we are currently at version

    Here is a couple of screen snaps of the gadget...

    Downloading Microsoft Vista gadgets on Windows 2003 IIS 6

    When you try to download a Microsoft Vista Gadget on IIS 6 you will by default get a 404 error if you have not configured a mime type for .gadget

    The correct mime type is:

    Extension  :  .gadget
    Mimetype  :  application/x-windows-gadget


    Note: There is a “.” before the gadget above in the extension