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IIS Compression in IIS6.0

Oct 18 2004
By Scott Forsyth In the day of IIS5 and earlier the compression built into IIS had various issues and was really not worth implementing. Enabling compression would require you to a 3rd party solution like http://www.port80software.com or http://www.xcompress.com. This has all changed in IIS6! At http://www.orcsweb.com we've been running IIS6.0 compression on some servers for a number of months with few issues; just huge performance and bandwidth benefits. Expect upwards of 4 times the compression which directly translates to bandwidth savings....

Webfarms: The Only Way To Host!

Aug 12 2004
Brad Kingsley Networks can be configured to be so incredibly redundant now - for reasonable prices - that there is no excuse for a data center not to achieve five nines (99.999%) of availability. But what about the servers and applications? Why spend so much time up front configuring the network to make sure it doesn't fail, and then deploy an application to a single server? Sure, there are ways to make sure individual servers have some redundancy to minimize failures -- things like RAID1, RAID5, or RAID10 (redundant array of inexpen...

Webfarms II: Balancing The Load.

Aug 12 2004
Brad Kingsley February, 25 2004 Okay, so you understand webfarms now. What's the magic that actually distributes the load, and how does it determine how the distribution is handled? At ORCS Web we use the Foundry Server Iron products to perform our webfarm load-balancing. If one of them fails, the other instantly takes over (In our testing, it had sub-second fail-over!) So what is this "Server Iron" thing? In simplest terms, it's a layer 4-7 switch. It has multiple network ports on it and can be used literally like other types of swit...

Active Directory Group Lookup

Dec 30 2003
.Code { color:black; background-color:lightgrey; width:98%; border:black 1px solid; padding:5; margin-top:10; margin-bottom:10; font-size:10px; } .hightlight { background-color:yellow; } .comment { color:green; } A method I would like to add to the article "Methods for Active Directory Management" is a way to get the groups the user belongs to. The section titled "Obtaining Group Membership for a User" is a good start to getting your groups, however, i...

Methods for Active Directory Management

Dec 16 2003
In this function we'll run a query against Active Directory to obtain properties for the current account logged onto our application. First we'll specify an array of the properties we want to retrieve from AD, then pass it to our GetADsObject method (later in this article), and set authentication to AD in order to run and retrieve information from our query. Private Const _FILTER As String = "(&(ObjectClass={0})(sAMAccountName={1}))" Private Const _FOREST = 5            &...
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