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MSCOM OPS with, WS08, IIS7, and the Lone Server


I sat down with Jeff Toews, a member of the Operations (MSCOM OPS) Engineering Team which is responsible for managing, maintaining, and deploying all of the servers which host and thousands of other MS websites.

In this interview, you get to learn a little bit about Microsoft's hosting environment and configuration, some good tips on migrating from WS03 / IIS 6, knowledge into some of the new IIS 7 features, and we learn the truth behind the Lone Server!

Because this one is a little bit long, I'm providing the breakdown for what is where in the video:
00:00 - Who Jeff is and what he and his team does
04:29 - What the environment & hardware config is like
06:20 - Steps they took to migrate from the start

  • Get it to install (worked with it in alpha)
  • Feedback / work with IIS7 product team
  • Configuration to test server
  • Performance testing & tuning (i.e. with WCAT, etc)
  • Move to single production box

12:32 - Challenges they had in the migration
14:37 - Specific tips on how to migrate from IIS6 to IIS7
18:18 - Migration from classic to integrated mode difficult?
19:30 - Benefits of Integrated Mode
28:58 - Performance Tips: Caching/compression/tuning dynamic content
33:15 - Does the Lone Server really exist?
35:40 - A final summary and information about failure request event buffering ( FREB).
37:56 - Over the Edge

For "Over the Edge", learn about special edition Jimi Hendrix vodka, KEXP, see liquid which is "the size of a small infant" and the Beatles, and get Jeff's IIS7 book recommendations.


Published Date: 1/23/2008
Presented By: David Tesar



Video: WMV | MP4