The PHP / FastCGI Technical Preview is Live!

After several weeks of silence on this topic, and lots of hard work, we just released the FastCGI Techical Preview for IIS 5.x / IIS 6 / IIS7! This preview provides a new FastCGI component for IIS aimed at hosting PHP applications with much improved performance over the CGI mode and stability unlike the ISAPI … [Read more…]

Dude, Sweet! New Error Page and FREB XSLs looks

IIS just got a lot cooler (looking): Check out the new styling XSL stylesheet for the FREB xml log files – FREB is a new IIS7 diagnostic feature that automatically collects detailed trace events for failed requests, and saves them as XML log files which can be visualized with the provided stylesheet. Just think … [Read more…]

Extending your IIS 7 server with .NET

I feel like I got off on the wrong foot in my blog coverage of IIS extensibility … I started spending a lot of time talking about building IIS7 server modules with the native API, but did not mention anything about the new .NET extensibility. This is strange for two reasons: I spent the majority … [Read more…]

Where did my IIS7 server go? Troubleshooting 503 "service unavailable" errors

In the previous post, I covered the “server not found” error that is a common and frustrating problem that may occur for a number of reasons after a configuration change, or when deploying a new server machine. Another common “what the hell just happened” error is the plain 503 “service available” error that looks like … [Read more…]

IIS7 modules vs. IIS6 ISAPI #10: C++ Class-based encapsulation model

For the first post in this series, lets start with the basics. ISAPI Extensions and Filters are implemented as global exported functions within the extension/filter DLL.  For example, an ISAPI Filter will always contain an exported HttpFilterProc function that gets invoked by the server for each request mapped to it:   DWORD WINAPI HttpFilterProc(          PHTTP_FILTER_CONTEXT pfc, … [Read more…]

10 reasons why server development is better with IIS7

**********UPDATE: Here are the currently published entries in this series that highlight the improvements in the new IIS server programming model: Reason #10 – C++ class-based programming model Reason #9  – Intuitive server object modelReason #8  – Improved memory managementReason #7 – Managing request stateReason #6 – Sending http responses (coming up)…********** As you already know (if you … [Read more…]