June 2009 - Posts

Back in March we released the RC of IIS Database Manager – a tool which allows you to manage databases remotely through the IIS remote management infrastructure. The tool will automatically pick up database connection strings from your web.config file and make them available to you in the UI – you can also create ad-hoc connections too.

Over the next few days I’ll be posting overview of how to use some of the features of Database Manager and going into details of how it works where appropriate. In the meantime – if you have any ideas or suggestions for Database Manager feel free to post here – given that we already released the RC I can’t promise that they will make it into the release of this version but we’ll definitely take all suggestions and requests into account for future releases.

A few days ago we released the beta of IIS Search Engine Optimization Toolkit. The toolkit provides you with a number of features which can help you ensure that your site follows best practices with regards to how search engines crawl and parse your site as well as providing features for generating robots.txt files and sitemaps.

Carlos, the person behind the toolkit, has more information about the release here as well as a great video giving an overview of the Site Analysis feature of the toolkit here. ScottGu also has a walkthrough post up on his blog here.


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Have fun!

It’s a bit strange that my “back-to-blogging” post is about a new version of Remote Manager considering that my last post, way back in March 2008 was a Remote Manager post as well (I have a good reason for not blogging since then which you’ll see at the end of this post :-)

What’s different?

The new version has some internal changes but the major new feature is the ability to remotely manage IIS 7 on Windows Server 2008 R2 machines as well as Windows Server 2008 machines. Another additional is the ability to use the tool from Windows 7.

Other then these changes everything is the same as before.

How do I get it?

Via Web PI:
Install Now with the Microsoft Web Platform Installer

The IIS.NET download center:

Microsoft.com download center:


What happened to Brian Delahunty’s Ramblings?

So, the reason that I haven’t blogged since my last post on the original Remote Manager is pretty straight forward – I changed position in Microsoft back in March 08 from a Program Manager on the IIS team to a Software Design Engineer on the IIS team and have been busy working on projects such as Web Deployment Tool, Database Manager, FTP 7.5, Smooth Streaming, Administration Pack, Advanced Logging, Dynamic IP Restrictions, and more, and of course on IIS 7.5 on Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2. More entries to come soon :-)

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