Caution when stopping and starting an IIS application pool with appcmd

When starting and stopping IIS 7 application pools from command line with appcmd.exe, you should be aware of a behavior that can sometimes lead to unintended circumstances. To explain it, lets first review what happens when you stop an application pool with the InetMgr.exe tool: 1) Set the autoStart property of theĀ <applicationPool> configuration element to … [Read more…]

Enabling Fast, Reliable, and Super-Scalable Uploads in ASP.NET, ASP, and PHP applications

Uploads have always historically been a major pain point for web applications, due to poor performance, spotty reliability, and framework-specific limitations. As more and more websites rely on social networking, user generated content, and in general storing data in the cloud, the ability to support reliable and scalable uploads is rapidly becoming more critical than … [Read more…]

Brief History of Web Uploads

The upload support in the Microsoft web platform has come quite a long way since the early days of IIS. Unfortunately, a number of remaining limitations have made it difficult to offer a quality upload experience, especially for high-traffic sites. As more and more websites rely on user generated content, and in general storing data … [Read more…]