Erez Benari's Blog

  • Automating IIS configuration with .Net

    Configuring websites can be a tedious task, especially if you have large systems to manage, such as hosting providers do. If you are tired of doing this sort of thing manually, Visual Studio Magazine has published a detailed guide on using .Net code to do this for you.

  • IIS log size–under your control!

    Logging the traffic coming into a website is very important, but on a busy site, the log can generates many gigabytes of data every day, making it hard to control disk-space and prevent the drives from filling up.

  • More info about HeartBleed

    After my blog post on the topic, questions continue to flow about the effect it has on Windows, Azure and IIS. A lot of the question really show how confusing SSL technology is to many people. Much has been written about HeartBleed, and it wouldn't be right to just repeat it all, so for those seeking additional info, I recommend reading this article on WindowsIT Pro by Rod Trent. It covers the topic and summarizes it well, and also links to several posts (including mine) for further reading.

  • IIS Manager reaches out into the cloud!

    Most people think Azure’s portal is terrific, and especially the new version, but for those of us who have been using IIS Manager to operate their local servers, using the same familiar interface to manage their cloud has been high on the wishlist. Recently, we finally made it happen, and you can now control your server through the SCM (Site Control Management) extension.

  • Information about HeartBleed and IIS

    The Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL (CVE-2014-0160) has received a significant amount of attention recently. While the discovered issue is specific to OpenSSL, many customers are wondering whether this affects Microsoft’s offerings, specifically Windows and IIS.  Microsoft Account and Microsoft Azure, along with most Microsoft Services, were not impacted by the OpenSSL vulnerability. Windows’ implementation of SSL/TLS was also not impacted.

  • Top support solutions!

    Having been around for so long, and encompassing so many technologies, information about using IIS and solving problems is more than abundant. The IIS.Net website alone has thousands of article, which can make it challenging to find what you need.

  • Ace the Azure test!

    Well…this isn’t really about any test, but keeping the massive range of services and features Azure offers in one’s head could be challenging even for seasoned experts. Luckily, Cory Fowler, one of Azure’s best evangelists has built this fantastic informational gold-mine!

  • Where did my visitors go?!

    For anyone who owns a website, a top-priority is usually driving traffic up. Whether it’s a content-based site like a blog or forum, or a sales-driven site like an online store, we all want as many people as possible to visit our sites. Most hosting solutions offer some kind of access to information about visitors and companies like WebTrends have made a fortune building advanced analysis mechanisms to help answer questions like “What websites are referring to my site” or “what are the most popular pages on my site” and so on.