Learning about .NET session state in IIS

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Today’s piece is for developers out there building for the .NET framework, specifically webapps run under IIS. Katie, our senior Windows sysadmin, has kindly written an intro to changing the session state backend for your app. The session state store is similar to PHP’s session feature, storing per-user data such as logins and shopping carts. […]

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Automated server updates

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This is going to be a contentious one, but here at Anchor we think automatically applying updates to servers is a Good Thing. It’s definitely not for everyone, but in an environment like ours with hundreds of managed servers it’s the only way you’re going to get things done and get any sleep at night. […]

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When HA won’t play the way you want it to

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In an ideal world every service would support High Availability and Load Balancing, would scale up easily and cleanly and all of us systems administrators would be paid bucketloads to play golf all day while the computers did all the hard work. To quote Dylan Moran of Black Books fame, “Don’t make me laugh…bitterly”. I’ll […]

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A great Windows FTP & SFTP Client

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A question I get asked reasonably often is “Do you know any good free FTP programs?” Yes, I do. It is WinSCP. Some of the cool features are: It does what it is designed to do and does it excellently. SFTP, SCP & FTP support (ditch FTP and use SFTP!) I’ve never seen it crash. […]

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Filebucketing to the MAXXXXX

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Every now and then we see an example of application failure so astounding it literally brings tears to our eyes. We have a client whose legacy application is unfortunately still running on an ancient version of Oracle Weblogic and which must be maintained until the new, flashy .NET version of their site is complete. We […]

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Patch Tuesday again

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If you’re one of our dedicated server customers, you’ve got the option of a paid support package, the choices being Anchor Secure and Anchor Complete. Whatever you choose (or if you decide you don’t need one), we just hope it’s the right one for you. One of the services we provide with a support package […]

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