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IISxpress 2.1 for Windows 2003, Vista, XP and 2000 now available

You can now download IISxpress 2.1 for Windows Vista, 2003, XP and 2000 from the download area of RipCord Software. This version will also install and run on Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 (build 6001).

The major features of this release are:

  • Now supports Windows Vista RTM and Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3.
  • 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.


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).


Microsoft has created a new FTP service

Microsoft has created a new FTP service that has been completely rewritten for Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn". This new FTP service incorporates many new features that enable web authors to publish content better than before, and offers web administrators more security and deployment options. For additional information, please see our documentation.

This new FTP service is only for Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" and Internet Information Services 7.0; it will not work on Windows Server 2003 and Internet Information Services 6.0.




This new FTP service supports a wide range of features and improvements, and the following list contains several of the improvements in this version:

Integration with IIS 7.0:
IIS 7.0 has a brand-new administration interface and configuration store, and the new FTP service is tightly integrated with this new design. The old IIS 6 metabase is gone, and a new configuration store that is based on the .NET XML-based *.config format has taken its place. In addition, IIS 7.0 has a new administration tool, and the new FTP server plugs seamlessly into that paradigm.

Support for new Internet standards:
One of the most significant features in the new FTP server is support for FTP over SSL. The new FTP server also supports other Internet improvements such as UTF8 and IPv6.

Shared hosting improvements:
By fully integrating into IIS 7.0, the new FTP server makes it possible to host FTP and Web content from the same site by simply adding an FTP binding to an existing Web site. In addition, the FTP server now has virtual host name support, making it possible to host multiple FTP sites on the same IP address. The new FTP server also has improved user isolation, now making it possible to isolate users through per-user virtual directories.

Extensibility and custom authentication:
The new FTP server supports developer extensibility, making it possible for software vendors to write custom providers for FTP authentication. Microsoft is using this extensibility feature to implement two new methods for using non-Windows accounts for FTP authentication for IIS Managers and .NET Membership.

Improved logging support:
FTP logging has been enhanced to include all FTP-related traffic, unique tracking for FTP sessions, FTP sub-statuses, additional detail fields in FTP logs, and much more.

New supportability features:
IIS 7.0 has a new option to display detailed error messages for local users, and the FTP server supports this by providing detailed error responses when logging on locally to an FTP server. The FTP server also logs detailed information using Event Tracing for Windows (ETW), which provides additional detailed information for troubleshooting.



This add-on is a substantial step forward for helping you to enable powerful publishing capabilities for your Web environment.



The following prerequisites must be fulfilled in order to install the new FTP server:

• You must be using Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" Beta 3 or later.
• Internet Information Services 7.0 must be installed, and the administration tool should be installed if you are going to manage the FTP server using the IIS 7.0 user interface.
• You must install the FTP server as an administrator. (See the Downloading and Installing section for more.)
• IIS 7.0 supports a new shared configuration environment, which must be disabled on each server in a web farm before installing the new FTP server for each node. Note: Shared configuration can be re-enabled after the FTP server had been installed.
• The FTP server that is shipped on the Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn" DVD must be uninstalled before installing the new FTP server.

See for more details and to download.

ASP.NET ViewState Helper

ASP.NET ViewState Helper is an application designed to help all web developers, but has specific features to aid ASP.NET developers track ViewState issues. In real-time you can see your web pages being analyzed while you browse to them using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. As you can see in this Screen Shot, ASP.NET ViewState Helper gives you very detailed information to help you optimize your web application’s performance. You can see page information like:

  • Page’s total size: This is the total size of the web page shown in the URL column
  • ViewState size: This is the size of the ViewState field
  • ViewState %: What percent of the total page size is being taken up by the ViewState?
  • Markup size: The size of html markup (non-visible text) on the page
  • Markup %: What percent of the page consists of non-visible HTML markup?

Double-clicking on any URL in the list will bring up the ViewState decoder window. If the page you double-clicked on contains a ViewState, it will be decoded into plain text, and also broken down into a tree-view for easy analysis.

Key Features:

  • Compatible with Internet Explorer 6.0 and 7.0
  • Compatible with Windows 2000, XP and Vista
  • Works in real-time to give you detailed page information
  • Analyzes all webpages, even pages inside frames
  • ViewState decoding works with ASP.NET v1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 applications
  • Only a 300k download with a quick and easy installer