How I Over-Engineered the ASP.NET Health Monitoring Feature

ASP.NET Health Monitoring was one of the major features I worked on for the ASP.NET 2.0 release. Fast forward 8 years later, after releasing ASP.NET, IIS7, and building LeanSentry. This is the story of this feature, lessons learned while building it, and a practical take on when to use/not to use Health Monitoring for monitoring your ASP.NET applications.

Remove zombie websites from your IIS server

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Zombie websites get created whenever the root application of a website is removed, orphaning the rest of the application content in your website. Because IIS requires the root of the website to be an application, this effectively renders the website inaccessible: It cannot serve requests It does not show up in … [Read more…]

Automatically diagnose every IIS and ASP.NET error in your sites

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn What if someone automatically diagnosed every error in your IIS site? It would probably help you quickly fix all the lingering bugs in your apps … and make a lot of your users really happy.  The hours you would save tracking down and figuring out that intermittent 500.19 error would probably … [Read more…]

Is your TableServiceContext missing IgnoreResourceNotFoundException when building with .NET Framework 3.5 System.Data.Services.Client.dll?

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn If you are developing code with Azure tables, and building against .NET 3.5 DLLs, you may encounter a compilation error like this: “The name ‘IgnoreResourceNotFoundException’ does not exist in the current context” At LeanSentry, we do a lot of custom Azure development to power our scalable data backend.  Now, most of … [Read more…]