Microsoft.com Operations

We are the operations team that runs the Microsoft.com sites.

The Mystery of the Missing Process Performance Counter in Perfmon

One typical day I receive a request from a performance tester who is trying to collect some baseline...

Author: MSCOM Date: 12/18/2008

SE Tips and Tricks -- Save aTS Session Run Remote... Find Hyper V information

Editors Note: One the System Engineers that run the servers that host www.Microsoft.com told me that...

Author: MSCOM Date: 07/11/2008

Microsoft.com Operations Performance Analysis of IIS 7.0/Windows Server 2008

Now that Windows Server 2008 has been released earlier this year many enterprises are assessing the...

Author: MSCOM Date: 06/09/2008

New IIS 7.0 White Paper…Internet Information Services 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 Provides an Improved Web and Application Platform

This paper discusses the management, security, performance and extensibility improvements when...

Author: MSCOM Date: 04/25/2008

Modern .NET Development and The Joy of Simple LINQ to SQL

Introduction – Modern .NET Development It took me a while to realize it, but Microsoft .NET...

Author: MSCOM Date: 04/16/2008

Microsoft.com Engineering Operations TechCenter NEW on TechNet.Microsoft.com

The Microsoft.com Operations Team is pleased to announce the launch of our new Microsoft.com...

Author: MSCOM Date: 04/11/2008

Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum Is Now LIVE!!

We are pleased to announce that the Microsoft.com Engineering Operations Forum is now live on...

Author: MSCOM Date: 03/12/2008

Systems Engineering Architecture Consultation…”Help Us to Help You!”

MSCOM Operations get lots of requests from both internal and external customers on how we operate...

Author: MSCOM Date: 01/11/2008

IIS7.0 Lessons Learned In MSCOM Production Environment - On Demand Webcast

MSCOM has been running IIS7.0 in production since June 12, 2007. On November 27 we did a webcast...

Author: MSCOM Date: 12/04/2007

Analyzing HTTP Traffic On Your IIS 7.0 Cluster

If you have ever run an enterprise web site you have probably received a panicked call from a...

Author: MSCOM Date: 11/29/2007

Power Parsing...some days you just need more power for your parser

Obviously the title can mean a bunch of different things, in this case we are merging two fun...

Author: MSCOM Date: 10/01/2007

The Tasty Morsels Found In Dogfood… MSCOM OPS Top 10 Changes In IIS7.0

Dogfood….yummmm! Yes it is true, Microsoft.com has been running Beta 3 of Windows Server 2008 in...

Author: MSCOM Date: 09/07/2007

Using SQL 2005 Snapshots As A Rollback Procedure

One of the great new features of SQL 2005 is database snapshots. With one simple transact SQL...

Author: MSCOM Date: 08/08/2007

Release Management: Building the Bridge

In the last post from the release management team, we talked about the strategic topic of developing...

Author: MSCOM Date: 08/01/2007

MSCOM At TedchEd 2007 in Orlando...On Demand Viewing of Breakout Session

If you were unabel to make it to Orlando and were jsut dying to catch the MSCOM Operations...

Author: MSCOM Date: 07/31/2007

Gardening (on the Web Server)

While some people are born with a green thumb, others of us have the brown thumb that comes from...

Author: MSCOM Date: 07/10/2007

Pour Liquid Nitrogen On Your Ballooning Content…Dynamic Compression in IIS7.0

Most operational folk are heads down either fixing issues, implementing new changes, or preparing...

Author: MSCOM Date: 06/28/2007

Introduction – Maybe You Have Been There Too Ok, this could be another pretty dry topic, but here we...

Author: MSCOM Date: 06/06/2007

How to Get SQL to Accept the Cert or A day (or two) in the life of an MSCOM Debug Engineer – Part 2

(Mr. Cert’s side of the story) Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Nevertheless the...

Author: MSCOM Date: 05/30/2007

MSCOM Service Management – How to Use Metrics to Transform the Business

An example of a measured change In our first two articles we highlighted the importance of...

Author: MSCOM Date: 05/23/2007

Release Management: A Bridge, Not A Barrier

For too many organizations, release management is viewed as nothing more than a roadblock to...

Author: MSCOM Date: 05/21/2007

Using Production Data to Test Can Make the Job Easier… But be Careful

Using production data is a smart way to test. It provides the most cost effective way to generate...

Author: MSCOM Date: 05/08/2007

Security In Cross Domain Web Services

(Eiditor's Note: This is part 1 of a multi part post on Cross Domain Web Service Security) So what...

Author: MSCOM Date: 05/02/2007

A day (or two) in the life of an MSCOM Debug Engineer

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Unfortunately you never know if a given day is one...

Author: MSCOM Date: 04/04/2007

Imaginary Content - No Really!

When looking for ways to improve their site, the development team for MSDN.microsoft.com and...

Author: MSCOM Date: 04/02/2007

The GUI versus the Command Line: Which is better? (Part 2)

(As promised this is Part 2 of the GUI CLI blog. Part 1 is here.) Intro In Part one of this blog, we...

Author: MSCOM Date: 03/26/2007

Enabling Valued Change

(The only constant is change. This post form our Service Management Team shares some thoughts about...

Author: MSCOM Date: 03/22/2007

The GUI versus the Command Line: Which is better? (Part 1)

(Editor’s Note: Are you a point-and-click person or more of a propeller head? What on the surface...

Author: MSCOM Date: 03/12/2007

Embracing SQLCLR and the XML Data Type

Introduction – If I Can Use These Things, You Can Microsoft SQL Server 2005 has been out for about a...

Author: MSCOM Date: 03/06/2007

3rd Party Vendor Solutions: Do they reach their potential?

Theory vs. Actual Save time. Save money. Free up your full time employees to work on higher value...

Author: MSCOM Date: 02/14/2007

Application Performance Testing at MSCOM

One of the very important tasks that falls on the Test teams here at MSCOM is performance testing of...

Author: MSCOM Date: 02/06/2007

Why is the security team still laughing at your functional spec?

You cranked out your best functional specification ever for your Internet web application’s...

Author: MSCOM Date: 01/31/2007

Keeping Track of Database Capacity -- Monitoring and Planning

As a DBA at MSCOM, I'm often asked how long our servers have before they run out of disk space. This...

Author: MSCOM Date: 01/18/2007

Is anyone watching the health of your Multi-tier Web Application?

Do you know if each tier of your application is healthy? This is especially challenging when you...

Author: MSCOM Date: 01/12/2007

Scrum De-Mystified, Not So Bad After All

It all started this past summer, of 2006. I started hearing about the latest sure-fire recipe for...

Author: MSCOM Date: 12/13/2006

Tell me how I’m measured…and I’ll behave accordingly

(This is the initial blog post from the MSCOM Service Management Team. This team is an essential...

Author: MSCOM Date: 12/08/2006

Sunset…Do You Know When Prune the Application Tree?

(This is the initial blog post from the MSCOM Operations and Portal Release Management team.) When...

Author: MSCOM Date: 11/22/2006

Windows Live ID Adoption Solution in Microsoft.com

(This is the first blog post from the Test Team that is working on the new Microsoft.com portal...

Author: MSCOM Date: 11/15/2006

We Herd Cats

(As the Microsoft.com team has expanded its role from being operations based to taking on the...

Author: MSCOM Date: 11/01/2006

Yes, We Recycle!...That Includes AppPools

And I am not just talking about Aluminum and Polystyrene. Application Pool recycling is one great...

Author: MSCOM Date: 10/25/2006

Microsoft.com and its ADFS Implementation

Active Directory Federated Service, ADFS, is a Windows Server 2003 (R2) component that facilitates a...

Author: MSCOM Date: 10/11/2006

A Little VBS Script Saves the Day

A couple of years ago, on January 28th, 2004 to be exact, I was working another late night at the...

Author: MSCOM Date: 10/10/2006

Why Is That Elephant In the Room?...View From The Top

This is the latest in the View From the Top series of blog post written by the management of...

Author: MSCOM Date: 10/03/2006

Add a little Development, mix in some Security, a dash of Program Management, apply a liberal amount of IIS and SQL…Part of the Recipe for MSCOM Operations’ Blog

Readers of this blog might have noticed (or been puzzled by) the variety of subject matter that we...

Author: MSCOM Date: 09/27/2006

MSCOM Operations Presents At DRJ Conference

Recently Sunjeev Pandey and Paul Wright presented Microsoft.com Operations’ approach to resilience,...

Author: MSCOM Date: 09/25/2006

STUFF YOU CAN USE!! Finger Saving Good – No Touch Administration

Remote Desktop has changed the way we interact with our servers. However if you have a farm of 50+...

Author: MSCOM Date: 09/08/2006

Keeping The Connections Open... HTTP Keep-Alives

HTTP Keep-Alives continues to be one of the most misunderstood settings in IIS. This particular...

Author: MSCOM Date: 08/08/2006

View From The Top…”Running the Business”

(This is an ongoing series of blog posts from our Directors of Operations. The latest is written up...

Author: MSCOM Date: 08/02/2006

New Twists on the Ancient Art of Persisting Application Data

(Note: If you have been keeping up with this blog it is probably apparent that the subject matter on...

Author: MSCOM Date: 07/25/2006

Why Dogfood?

What is Dogfooding? Dogfooding is a Microsoft term for adopting a Microsoft product (or in a generic...

Author: MSCOM Date: 07/18/2006

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