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March 2005 - Posts

A friend of mine recently asked whether it would be possible to create a listing of each website on a server, and it's current state (stopped, started etc). Having each site as a link to the actual site would be an added bonus. Something like:

Site State
Default Web Site Started
Sharepoint Administration Site Started
Test Site 2 Started

No problems. Here is some sample code (VBScript, with VB.NET coming soon) to enumerate websites (and state) on an IIS box.

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IIS 6.0 Request Processing - understanding how IIS 6.0 processes incoming requests against its security configuration
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Well, it's a little late, but I finally got around to processing the new and updated KB articles for February. Here they are, for IIS and some pertinant related technologies:

An access violation may occur when you use an ISAPI filter in IIS 6.0

You may receive an error message when you browse an IIS 6.0 Web site
The description is a big vague, but it's related to 400 - Bad Request HTTP status being returned by IIS if the client makes a certain type of request

You may receive a "The IIS Admin scripts only support IIS 6.0" error message when you run the Iisback.vbs script in IIS 6.0

The IIS and SMTP services do not start when you deploy a Windows XP SP2 Sysprep image on your Windows XP SP2-based computer http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=889073

BUG: Microsoft Office Word 2003 stops responding when you try to open a Word 2003 document in Internet Information Server 4.0

FIX: Some virtual directory configuration information may be lost and event ID 51260 may be logged on your computer that is running Internet Information Services 6.0

The default document is displayed in the Web browser of a user who is denied access to the default document file after you configure client certificate mappings on a computer that is running Internet Information Services 6.0

The Web Service performance object does not appear in the Performance object list or it may appear as a number instead of the name "Web Service" in Windows 2000

FIX: The "Digest authentication for Windows domain servers" check box is disabled in Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0

FIX: Your ASP.NET request runs, but no ASPNET_WP.EXE worker process appears in Task Manager when you use Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 SP3

ASP.NET performance may be affected after you install security update MS05-004

The Inetinfo.exe process may cause an access violation when you have a large SSL post request on a computer that is running Application Center

FIX: Replication of a site that is secured with a Certificate Trust List may fail in Application Center 2000

FIX: An access violation may occur in the Application Center 2000 Component Load Balancing service

FIX: The Acsrepl.exe process may stop responding when you run multiple deployment services at the same time in Application Center 2000 with Service Pack 2

Debugging ASP.NET with the CLR Debugger

Inetinfo.exe may quit when Exchange Server 2003 uses SMTP, SSL, and the Sender Filtering option

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Whilst researching Service Pack 1 for my talk at the recent Security Summit I realised that there wasn't much documentation on enabling IIS Metabase Auditing (one of the new SP1 features). In fact, the one document I could find had some information Read More...
Only one new recent IIS KB article: Q332109 - URLScan SRP 2.5 does not overwrite the value of MaxAllowedContentLength Read More...
Well the Security Summit Roadshow is over. I had an absolute blast travelling the country, meeting people and presenting my session (Windows 2003 Server SP1). The materials from the Summit are now available for download from the Microsoft Australia website. Read More...

Recently I was travelling around Australia with the Microsoft Australia Security Summit. Travelling usually means hassles with securing internet access, and hassle-free broadband in hotels tends to run to $30/day (which starts to add up over the course of 10-15 days).

Greg Low, a fellow MVP and Security Summit presenter recommended iBurst as a great way of accessing the 'net whilst on the go. The week after the summit finished, I was assigned to a project in Melbourne by my work, and so I thought I should secure some kind of internet access (cheaper than the $30/night a hotel was going to charge me).

I signed up with ISP on a 1Mb/sec plan, and so far I'm loving it. At my company's offices in Sydney I can get ~800Kb/sec. At home, the signal strength is a bit weaker, but I can still get ~500Kb/sec (equivalent to my ADSL connection). At the QANTAS lounge in Sydney, I can get about 400-500Kb/sec, and at my accomodation in Melbourne (and luckily the office I'm working out of) I can get nearly the full 1Mb/sec.

With iBurst you have a choice of modems - either a desktop model, or a PCMCIA laptop card. Couple the iBurst card with a Tablet PC, and you have an awesome combination IMHO. Constant internet access (provided you're in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra or Brisbane), whilst the ability to take your PC to meetings, or work at a desk. Awesome! Thanks Greg!

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Well, this is the obligatory first post. Welcome to my new blog. Hopefully we'll get to talk a bit about Internet Information Services (IIS) and related web technologies, and maybe about a few other geeky things as well. Until then, take care.

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