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Why Need to Migrate to IIS 7?

Here are some of the main reason why need to migrate our current web application from IIS 6 to IIS 7.
1) IIS7 is much more flexible and customizable than before.
2) We save loads of time by automating more tasks with the interface.
3) You can manage whole Web farms from one place.
4) IIS7 is faster and more efficient than any other version of IIS.
5) IIS7 makes it easy to publish content securely over FTP/SSL

Process of Migration to IIS 7

Part 1 – View dependencies of the source

1. Get the dependencies of the web site by running the following command:

msdeploy -verb:getDependencies -source:metakey=lm/w3svc/1

2. Review the output of the dependencies and look for any script maps or installed components in use by the site. For example, if Windows Authentication is in use by the web site, you will see .

3. If your site is inheriting any script maps, these will not be listed in the dependencies and you should also review the script maps for your site manually.

4. Compile a list of the components needed on the destination.

Part 2 – Configure the target or destination machine

1. Review the list of dependencies and install them on the destination server.

For example, let’s assume you had the following in use for your web site:

• ASP.NET

• Windows Authentication

• Anonymous Authentication

Based on analyzing your dependencies, you would install those components and modules.

Part 3 – To migrate the site to the source server

1. Always make a backup of the destination server. Even if you are just testing, it allows you to easily restore the state of your server. Run the following command to backup an IIS 7.0 server:

%windir%\system32\inetsrv\appcmd add backup “PreMsDeploy”

2. Run the following command on the destination server to take an archive of the server for migration:

msdeploy -verb:sync -source:metakey=lm/w3svc/1 -dest:archivedir=c:\site1archive

3. Run the following command on the destination server to validate what would happen if a migrate was run:

msdeploy -verb:migrate -source:archivedir=c:\site1archive -dest:metakey=lm/w3svc/1 -whatif > msdeploymigrate.log

Note: If you don’t wish to sync from an archive, you can sync using the remote service. Specify computerName with the name of your server, such as Server1. If you are not running on the default port and URL, you need to specify the full URL, such as http://Server1:8080/msdeploy. For example, change the source to
source:metakey=lm/w3svc/1,computerName=server1

3. After verifying the output, run the same command again without the whatif flag:

msdeploy -verb:migrate -source:archivedir=c:\site1archive -dest:metakey=lm/w3svc/1 -whatif > msdeploymigrate.log

Note: If you don’t wish to sync from an archive, you can sync using the remote service. Specify computerName with the name of your server, such as Server1. If you are not running on the default port and URL, you need to specify the full URL, such as http://Server1:8080/msdeploy. For example, change the dest to
dest:metakey=lm/w3svc/1,computerName=server1

You are now done migrating your site. To verify, test browsing to the web site on the destination server.
(Source: Official IIS blog at http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2008/06/18/how-to-migrate-from-iis-6-to-iis-7.aspx)

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.Net Framework 3.5 in ASP.NET 3.5 are integrate with a powerful ASP.NET Ajax functions.

.NET 3.5 now includes built-in support for all ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 features.

Users can now use Visual Studio 2008 to target both existing ASP.NET applications built with ASP.NET AJAX 1.0, as well as target the new version of ASP.NET AJAX built-into .NET 3.5.

Facts about .NET 3.5 Framework with ASP.NET AJAX:
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 built as a separate download so that users can install AJAX directly on ASP.NET 2.0. The good news is, with the latest .NET Framework 3.5, all of the ASP.NET AJAX has been build in with ASP.NET, users are not require to install the ASP.NET AJAX separately when testing or deploying the applications.

Another good things is that when user create a new ASP.NET application or web applications with Visual Studio 2008 that uses the .NET 3.5 framework, Visual Studio 2008 will automatically add the AJAX registrations within the applications.

Setting for ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 to Use with ASP.NET AJAX 3.5:
Users who use Visual Studio 2008 to open an existing ASP.NET 2.0 application that uses ASP.NET AJAX 1.0, he / she able to choose to upgrade the application to use .NET 3.5 (and the version of ASP.NET AJAX included within it). Upgrading an ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 application to .NET 3.5 does not require any amendment of the application code, and will be able to complete within minutes.

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ASP.NET 3.5 features has been upgraded from the previous version, these are some of the major updates:

List View:
The ListView control is quiet flexible and contains features of the Gridview, Datagrid, Repeater and similar list controls available in ASP.NET 2.0. It provides the ability to insert, delete, page (using Data Pager), sort and edit data. Users can have great amount of flexibility over the markup generated and complete control on how the data is to be displayed.

Data Pager:
Data Pager provide users with a easier way of paging with the controls. Currently only List View supports it as it implements the IPageableItemContainer. However support is likely to be added to other List controls as well.

LINQ:
LINQ (Language Integrated Query) adds native data querying capability to C# and VB.NET 2008 along with the compiler and Intellisense support. LINQ is a component of .NET Framework 3.5. LINQ defines operators that allow users deploy the query in a consistent manner over databases, objects and XML.

Extra Advantages on ASP.NET 3.5:
1) Previous version of visual studio, Visual Studio 2005 supports only ASP.NET 2.0, but the brand new Visual Studio 2008 support backward compatibility, which able to support ASP.NET 2.0 and ASP.NET 3.5 as well.

2) Users can control multiple version of ASP.NET, ASP.NET 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5 on the same computer machine.

3) ASP.NET 3.5 provides better support and configuration for IIS7 hosting.

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Currently, all the Windows hosting plans and ASP.NET hosting plans are fully supported with ASP.Net 3.5 hosting technology.

The latest updates of ASP.NET 3.5 platforms includes, ASP.NET 3.5 uses the same engine as that of ASP.NET 2.0. It added up with some extra features added on top of it. Visual Studio 2008 Hosting compatible is the recommended tool for developing ASP.NET 3.5 applications.

ASP.NET 3.5 provides the features, flexibility, and functionality to help you build better Web sites. It includes the professional design, authoring, data, and publishing tools needed to create dynamic and sophisticated Web sites. The .NET Framework comprises much more than just ASP.NET. ASP.NET 3.5 hosting provides better support to IIS7 hosting.

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The brand New FTP Server (IIS 7) in Windows Server 2008 Features:

The brand new Windows 2008 hosting with IIS 7 hosting improve the the following features:

1) Improve Share Hosting Environment:
Windows server 2008 fully integrating into IIS 7.0, the new FTP server makes it possible to host FTP and Web content from the same site by simply adding an FTP binding to an existing Web site. Hence, the FTP server now has virtual host name support, making it possible to host multiple FTP sites on the same IP address.

2) New Internet Standards Supports:
One of the most significant features in the new FTP server is support for FTP over SSL. The new IIS 7 also supports other Internet improvements such as IPv6.

3) Windows Server 2008 Integration with IIS 7.0:
IIS 7.0 has a brand-new administration interface and configuration store, and the new FTP service is tightly integrated with this new design.

4) Extensibility and Custom Authentication Standard:
The new FTP server supports developer extensibility, making it possible for software vendors to write custom providers for FTP authentication.

5) New Reliability Features:
The brand new IIS 7 has a new option to display detailed error messages for local users, and the FTP server supports this by providing detailed error responses when logging on locally to an FTP server.

6) Advance Error Logging:
FTP logging has been enhanced to include all FTP-related traffic, unique tracking for FTP sessions, FTP sub-statuses, additional detail fields, etc.

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Windows 2008 hosting are fully compatible with the following hosting technology and other add on softwares:

Hosting Technology Supported:
1) IIS 7 Hosting – The new version of Internet Information Services integrated with Windows 2008 Hosting. Log on to http://www.iis.net/ for more information.

2) MS SQL 2005 HostingSQL Server 2005 is a comprehensive database platform providing enterprise-class data management.

3) MS SQL 2008 HostingMSSQL 2008 aims to make data management self-tuning, self organizing, and self maintaining with the development of SQL Server Always On technologies, to provide near-zero downtime.

4) AJAX HostingASP.NET AJAX (formerly called ATLAS) is a free framework for building rich interactive, cross-browser web applications.

5) Silverlight HostingMicrosoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.

6) ISAPI RewriteISAPI_Rewrite is a powerful URL manipulation engine based on regular expressions. It acts mostly like Apache’s mod_Rewrite, but is designed identically for Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS).

7) ASP.NET 2.0 HostingMicrosoft ASP.NET is today the most powerful and fastest growing platform for Web development. ASP.NET .NET Framework 2.0 powers some of world’s largest Web sites and most demanding applications.

8 ) ASP.NET 3.0 Hosting.NET Framework 3.0, the latest hyped version of .NET (formerly WinFX), is the new programming tools for Windows. It combines the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with new technologies for building applications that have visually compelling user experiences.

9) ASP.NET 3.5 Hosting – ASP.NET 3.5 with .NET Framework 3.5 provides the features, flexibility, and functionality to help you build better Web sites. It includes the professional design, authoring, data, and publishing tools needed to create dynamic and sophisticated Web sites.

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Windows 2008 hosting with these extra features and advantages (Part 1):

Domain Name Systems (DNS):
Windows Server 2008 now supports Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) addressing, as well as background zone loading, which allow the server to respond more quickly to clients. For organizations that do not deploy WINS, but use a single label DNS name suffix, a GlobalNames zone can be used to resolve the single label suffixes. For organizations that deploy Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), Windows Server 2008 can create a primary read-only zone on a DNS server running on the RODC.

Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP):
DHCP in Windows Server 2008 has been enhanced to support IPv6 as well as Network Access Protection (NAP). Clients that use the longer IPv6 addresses are fully supported by the Windows Server 2008 DHCP server. When using NAP, the DHCP server can issue a limited IP address to clients that do not meet the NAP policy requirements. Whenever a client attempts to renew the IP lease, the health policy is reviewed and enforced.

Backup and Recovery—Windows Server 2008 Backup:
Some enhancement on Windows Server 2008 backup are:
1) Faster backups
2) Simplified restores
3) Simplified recovery of operating systems
4) Ability to recover applications
5) Improved scheduling
6) Easy removal of backups offside for disaster protection
7) Remote administration

Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS):
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Server Extensions allow a server to receive files uploaded by clients using BITS. BITS allows client computers to transfer files in the foreground or background asynchronously, preserve the responsiveness of other network applications, and resume file transfers after network failures and computer restarts.

Windows Server 2008 Wireless Features:
Windows Server 2008 has interesting new features to support 802.1X authenticated wired 802.3 Ethernet connections and 802.11 wireless connections for clients running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. These features enable you to use Group Policy to configure settings on multiple domain-member clients running Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 so that they can connect to an 802.1X Ethernet network.

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Windows 2008 hosting is the latest web hosting technology that introduced by SeekDotNet.com

All new hosting accounts sign up will be provisioned in Windows 2008 by default. Windows 2003 Hosting will still available by sending request tickets to SeekDotNet.com customer supports department. The new Windows 2008 hosting with IIS 7 hosting plans are available in SeekDotNet Windwos hosting / ASP.NET hosting plans, and Windows Reseller Hosting plans. More feature on the latest Windows 2008 Web Hosting can be view at www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/default.aspx.

Some of the brand new features in Windows 2008 hosting:

1) Strong Security Features:
Windows 2008 hosting high security innovations provide Network Access Protection for the hosting servers and also unprecedented levels of protection for network, data, and business.

2) Specially Configured For the Web:
With the IIS 7 integrated with Windows 2008 hosting, it provides easier web services management, user friendly and task based management interface, greater security and cross sites control.

3) Windows 2008 virtualization features:
With the virtualization features integrated, our customers can easily form a dynamic data centers and manage it according to their business requirements. Our customers can also take great advantage of all the benefits and cost savings of virtualization due to simpler, more flexible licensing policies.

SeekDotNet.com welcomes more new subscribers to sign up for the hosting plans offered and be part of SeekDotNet.com family to enjoy the Windows 2008 privileges together!

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SeekDotNet provides a wide range of Windows hosting solutions, ASP.NET web hosting with a great many features, well beyond the basic web account, and well surpassing the competition.
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