March 2008 - Technical Rollup Mail - Internet


Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server

The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer (IsaBPA) version 6 has released!

The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a diagnostic tool that automatically performs specific tests on configuration data collected on the local ISA Server computer from the ISA Server hierarchy of administration COM objects, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) classes, the system registry, files on disk, and the Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

The resulting report details critical configuration issues, potential problems, and information about the local computer. By following the recommendations of the tool, administrators can achieve greater performance, scalability, reliability, and uptime.

The ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer is supplied with two supplemental tools.

  • The ISA Data Packager enables you to create a single .cab file containing ISA Server diagnostic information that can be easily sent to Microsoft Product Support Services for analysis.
  • BPA2Visio generates a Microsoft Office Visio® 2003 or Visio 2007 diagram of your network topology as seen from an ISA Server computer or any Windows computer based on output from the ISA Server Best Practices Analyzer Tool.

What’s new in Version 6 of IsaBPA?

  • New Checks – 15+ new rules have been added. More than 1000 settings are currently checked, and they are compared against 229 rules. The focus of this release was targeting (1) NLB-related issues; (2) issues related to 3rd party software.
  • More documentation –IsaBPA help file has been augmented to over 100 pages. You can easily find information about how to operate IsaBPA, information about specific checks, and how to fix issues that IsaBPA has detected.

Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server TechCenter

Please note that if you have feedback on documentation or wish to request new documents - email

ForeFront Edge Security Forums at

Discuss ISA Server at the new Microsoft Forefront™ Edge Security forums, available at TechCenter

Internet Security and Acceleration Server Blog

The ISA Server Product Team Blog ( is updated on a regular basis. Latest entries include:

Walk-through for RSA SecurID Authentication for ISA Server 2006 Part 1: RSA Authentication Manager Server Configuration

Walk-through for RSA SecurID Authentication for ISA Server 2006 Part 2: ISA Array Members Preparation

Walk-through for RSA SecurID Authentication for ISA Server 2006 Part 3: Configure ISA Authentication and Delegation

Windows Server 2008 DNS Block Feature

Publishing Microsoft CRM 3.0 through ISA Server 2006

Microsoft Internet information Server

Web Playlists, WMS 2008, and a new IIS Media Page

Today was a big day for IIS and WMS! As you may have seen among the many announcements, today we announced the launch of several media technologies: IIS 7.0 in Windows Server 2008 IIS Media Pack Web Playlists Customer Technology Preview (CTP) Windows Media Services 2008 ..and the launch of IIS.NET 2...

by chriskno on 02-28-2008, 2:00 AM

Windows 2008 and IIS7 Now Available

Today marks the official product launch of Windows 2008 and IIS7, a capstone to 5 years of engineering work to create the best Web server on the planet. IIS7 is the foundation of Microsoft's Web platform, and offers many exciting new advancements in Web serving technology: Easier to Manage: IIS7 provides...

by bills on 02-27-2008, 2:53 PM

FTP7 for Windows Server 2008 RTM is released!

Earlier today Microsoft released the RTM version of the Microsoft FTP Service for IIS 7.0 for Windows Server 2008! Listed below are the links for the download pages for each of the individual installation packages: FTP 7 (x86) Installation Package FTP 7 (x64...

by Robert McMurray's Blog [MSFT] on 02-27-2008, 2:52 PM

FPSE 2002 RTM for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista (x86/x64)

I'm happy to announce that earlier today Microsoft and Ready-to-Run Software released to web the RTM version of the FrontPage 2002 Server Extensions for IIS 7.0 on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista. Listed below is the link for the download page for the combined 32-bit/64-bit installation package...

by Robert McMurray's Blog [MSFT] on 02-27-2008, 1:59 PM

Introducing the new IIS.NET web site

So...notice anything different today? :-) Thanks to the efforts of a whole team of people here in Redmond, Telligent, Goldman Design and ORCS Web, we have significantly overhauled our web site. As you can tell from the depth of the content and the participation of the product group in forums...

by mailant on 02-27-2008, 11:26 AM

IIS 7.0 is the number one reason people want Windows Server 2008

According to an InformationWeek study, IIS 7.0 is the feature that most interests customers in Windows Server 2008. More at\_2D00\_-the-number-one-reason-customers-want-Windows-Server-2008.aspx . Thanks, Mike

by mvolo on 02-22-2008, 12:24 PM

What to expect from IIS7 custom error module

IIS7 custom error module work in SendResponse stage with priority high (priority high in send response actually means lowest priority) which makes it one of the last modules to run in the pipeline. It produces custom errors only if current statusCode > 400. IIS7 custom error module produces four kinds...

by ksingla on 02-18-2008, 5:05 PM

MSDN Magazine: Extend IIS 7.0 end-to-end

In this month's launch edition of MSDN magazine, we celebrate the release of Windows Server 2008. It's been a long road and we are finally done! Of course, this celebration wouldnt be complete without a juicy article on IIS 7.0 - this time, showing off the complete extensibility of the Web server by...

by mvolo on 02-18-2008, 2:06 PM

How configuration system merges sections

One of the things which was not clear to me when IIS7 configuration system was written was how configuration system merges all the configuration data available and then decide what values are effective for the current request. One of confusions came from the fact that I assumed that IIS modules try to...

by ksingla on 02-11-2008, 8:22 PM

Using Microsoft.Web.Administration in Windows PowerShell

A couple of months ago I wrote about using LINQ with Microsoft.Web.Administration to manage and query IIS 7.0 configuration. Somebody came back to me and said that LINQ was very cool but that it was very much Developer oriented and that in a production server without VS or .NET 3.5 it wouldn't be an...

by CarlosAg Blog on 02-10-2008, 7:53 PM

IIS7 is finished

After 4+ years of development, the IIS7 project is now complete. Today we signed off on the final build of Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1, both of which include our final build of IIS7. IIS7 is the biggest and best release of IIS ever, and it would not have happened without the hard work and dedication...

by bills on 02-04-2008, 5:25 PM

BizTalk Server

New Case Studies

Colorado Housing and Finance Authority - Agency Cuts Time to Process Home Loans by 67 Percent, Boosts Quality 300 Percent

United Arab Emirates Ministry of Economy – UAE Ministry Exceeds Federal Mandate and Halves Manual Processes Through E-Services

Sharepoint Technologies

Centralised resource web site for WSSv3 and MOSS 2007

Feb 28, 2008:

The product team has been working on a new website that provides a centralised location for a lot of different types of resources, including downloads, technical whitepapers, articles, community forums, etc pertaining to WSSv3 and MOSS 2007.


BizTalk Server

Microsoft BizTalk LoadGen 2007 Tool


Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Readme and Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack Installation Guide

Microsoft BizTalk Adapter Pack

BizTalk Server 2006 Installation and Upgrade Guides

Microsoft BizTalk Server Operations Guide

BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Documentation

Sharepoint Technologies

White Paper: Database Maintenance for Microsoft® SharePoint® Products and Technologies

This paper describes the recommended maintenance strategies for the databases that host content and configuration settings for SharePoint Products and Technologies.

SharePoint SDK Downloads Now Live with SP1 Updates

The latest updates to the downloadable SDKs for SharePoint Products and Technologies are now available. The February update is version 1.3 and captures changes made as part of Service Pack 1 (SP1). 

Download the MOSS SDK 1.3

Download the WSS SDK 1.3

SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard

Chris O'Brien has shared his SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard - a tool for SharePoint 2007 which provides the means to deploy the following content: site collections; webs; lists; folders; list items (including files):

Advanced lectures and white papers

Watch lectures delivered by experts in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and download and read supporting white papers.

The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool v1.0 is now available
The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool is a set of free models of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). The two models use the analysis and simulation features of System Center Capacity Planner 2007 (SCCP) to help you explore suitable IT infrastructure options for your SharePoint deployment, based on the SharePoint usage requirements for your organization that you provide to the tool. It can give you a head start on planning your SharePoint topology by producing a first approximation of the topology your organization needs. Architects, systems integrators, and deployment engineers will find it to be a valuable starting point for further refinements of the topology.


SharePoint Technologies

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2008

Microsoft is pleased to announce the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference 2008! Expect to attend keynote sessions by senior Microsoft Executives, 60+ sessions across several diverse tracks, and hands-on and instructor led labs. (SOLD OUT)

March 3–6, 2008 | Washington State Trade and Convention Center | Seattle, WA

MSDN Webcast: Customizing SharePoint Server 2007

Have you ever wondered how you can use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, but have your own custom look and feel? In this webcast, we look at the site customization techniques of creating custom MasterPages, Themes, and Layouts to give your Web site your own personalized design.Presenter: Mike Benkovich, MSDN Developer Evangelist, Microsoft CorporationMike Benkovich is a database technology specialist and an MSDN developer evangelist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Focusing on the effective use of relational technologies for scalable, high-performance, and mission-critical applications, Mike has worked as an architect, project manager, developer, and technical writer. He speaks regularly at technical conferences and corporations.View other sessions from: SharePoint Server: Connect People, Processes, and Information.If you have questions or feedback, contact us.  

3/6/2008 9:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada)- 3/6/2008 10:00 AM | Duration:60 Minutes

CDW/Microsoft Tech Tuesday Webinar Series - Management of your Servers and Desktops

CDW/Microsoft Tech Tuesday Webinar Series   CDW invites you to participate in a series of technical briefings centered around the Microsoft solution suites.  This series, exclusively being offered to CDW customers, will highlight the significant enhancements included in the latest version releases and the increased business productivity and business continuity that comes with upgrading to these releases.   

3/4/2008 9:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada)- 3/4/2008 10:30 AM | Duration:60 Minutes

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

Audio is phone dial-in: 866.500.6738 #238383 Learn more about the latest innovations and campus usage of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.  This presentation assumes you have a base level understanding of SharePoint.

3/14/2008 9:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 3/14/2008 10:30 AM | Duration:90 Minutes

Momentum Webcast: Search, Share, Collaborate with SharePoint Server 2007 and Improve Your Business Productivity

Join this webcast to learn about the different enterprise search solutions from Microsoft that build on and integrate with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Understand how these solutions can enhance business productivity at your organization. In this session, we discuss the good, better, and best search solutions from Microsoft. Good: new Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express. The standalone search server from Microsoft is free to download and quick to set up. Search Server 2008 Express is easy to configure and maintain–the free application is simple enough to run unattended, yet has powerful administration, scalability, upgradeability, and connectivity features. Search Server 2008 Express is scheduled to launch in March 2008. Better: Microsoft Search Server 2008. Search Server 2008 helps to extend a standalone solution across your organization, providing you with one unified and simplified system for all your teams and divisions. Best: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Search, share, and collaborate with SharePoint Server 2007.

3/5/2008 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)- 3/5/2008 12:00 PM | Duration:60 Minutes

New or updated KB’s

Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server

A computer that is running ISA Server 2006 may randomly stop routing packets from certain VPN clients or from certain VPN site-to-site networks

Packets from the branch office may not reach the destination servers in the central office over a site-to-site VPN connection that you create through ISA Server 2006

Some Web servers that are published in ISA Server 2006 by using the Web Publishing Load Balancing feature may be incorrectly detected as unavailable at random times

Microsoft Internet information Server

You cannot resolve the built-in IIS accounts after you set a Windows Server 2008-based server that is running IIS 7.0 as a domain controller

List of registry keys that are migrated when you upgrade from IIS 5.1 or IIS 6.0 to IIS 7.0

How to use ADPlus to troubleshoot "hangs" and "crashes"

Opera browsers may crash if they use TLS to connect to an IIS 7.0 Web server that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008

Error message when you try to log on to an FTP site that is running IIS 6.0: "Error: 530 User <UserName> cannot log in, home directory inaccessible"

The Managed Pipeline Mode setting is not available after you configure an application pool to use the .NET Framework 1.1 in IIS 7.0

BizTalk Server

FIX: The BizTalk Administration Console may appear to stop responding on a BizTalk Server 2006-based computer

An update is available that lets you disable Routing Failure Reports in BizTalk Server 2006

You receive a warning message when you try to install BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet 3.3 side by side with BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.3 SP1

Error message when you try to configure a partner configuration to use a certificate in BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet: "Party Signature Certificate should be unique"

FIX: A receive location that uses the file adapter does not retry when a network failure occurs in BizTalk Server 2006

FIX: The Log Shipping feature may not restore database backup files in BizTalk Server 2006

FIX: The BizTalk Server process may crash after you change the properties of BizTalk Adapters for LOB applications in BizTalk Server 2006

FIX: Error message when you try to import DTD schemas into a BizTalk project in BizTalk Server 2006 R2: "There were some errors generated during schema generation"

FIX: You receive an error message when you use BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.3 with Message Pack 2007 to process messages

FIX: Health and Activity Tracking returns incorrect results in BizTalk Server 2004 (947258)

FIX: The value of the InstanceIdentifier field is different from the original transmission when you use BizTalk Server 2004 and BizTalk Accelerator for RosettaNet 3.0 to send an RNIF 1.1 message

FIX: Error message when you use a file adapter on a server that is running BizTalk Server 2006:"The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process"

SharePoint Technologies

Windows Sharepoint Services Version 3

Issue tracking list data is not saved when you save a site as a template in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or in SharePoint Server 2007

A custom column is reordered incorrectly if you add a new item to the list after you upgrade to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Error message when you try to restore the content that you deleted in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 document library: "Access Denied"

The standard Web Parts are not available in a custom .stp template file in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site collection

Only the first three levels of items can be grouped in a custom data view in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 content

The SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration wizard does not finish successfully after you apply security update 934525 in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

You receive unexpected search results when lots of groups and users access a SharePoint Server 2007 or Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site by using Forms-Based Authentication

Description of the update for the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and the 2007 Microsoft Office System: January 22, 2008

A new rule is not applied as expected when you run the Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 tool

How to use System.NET tracing to troubleshoot content deployment issues and search issues in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and in SharePoint Server 2007

A declarative workflow does not start automatically after you install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1

Error message when you install Windows SharePoint Services or SharePoint Server 2007: "This product requires ASP.NET v2.0 to be set to 'Allow' in the list of Internet Information

How to combine elements from the bug tracking application template with an existing site definition to create a new custom site definition in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

You may see duplicate entries in the View Reports feature after you import or export a site collection in SharePoint Server 2007

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 for Search post-2007 Office servers Service Pack 1 hotfix package: January 31, 2008

A Content Query Web Part or Web Query Web Part for an RSS feed in SharePoint Server 2007 content displays unexpected results