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MS SQL Server 2008

The Advantages of MS SQL 2008

Recently, i came across a discussion forum where many users and webmasters are discussing on the selection of MS SQL Server 2008 and MS SQL Server 2005. The common question arise is which database to choose to use with the ASP.NET application?

Since more and more web hosting company are now integrate this latest version of MS SQL server 2008 database to the hosting plan, it is recommended that we choose MS SQL server 2008 as our application database. Since many improvements and features has been upgraded from the date of release.

Let us preview some of the improvements that Microsoft bring to us on SQL Server 2008.

1 – SQL Server 2008 will also include support for structured and semi-structured data, including digital media formats for pictures, audio, video and other multimedia data.

2 – SQL Server 2008 can be a data storage backend for different varieties of data: XML, email, time/calendar, file, document, spatial, etc as well as perform search, query, analysis, sharing, and synchronization across all data types.

3 – Better support for unstructured and semi-structured data is provided using the new FILESTREAM data type, which can be used to reference any file stored on the file system.

4 – Backing up and restoring the database backs up or restores the referenced files as well. SQL Server 2008 also natively supports hierarchical data, and includes T-SQL constructs to directly deal with them, without using recursive queries.

5 – SQL Server includes better compression features, which also helps in improving scalability.

6 – SQL Server Reporting Services will gain charting capabilities from the integration of the data visualization.

7 – The version of SQL Server Management Studio included with SQL Server 2008 supports IntelliSense for SQL queries against a SQL Server 2008 Database Engine.

For more new features on MS SQL Server 2008, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/whats-new.aspx

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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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Web Hosting Types and Information:

Below are some common types of web hosting services available:

1. Free Web Hosting Services: It is free hosting, (sometimes) advertisement-supported web hosting, and is often limited when compared to paid hosting.

2. Shared Web Hosting: A Web site is hosted on the same server as many other sites, ranging from a few to hundreds or thousands. Typically, all domains may share a common pool of server resources, such as RAM and the CPU. A shared website may be hosted with a reseller.

3. Windows Web Hosting / ASP.NET Hosting: The same specifications as shared hosting with an Windows platform(latest: Windows 2008 hosting) and ASP.NET(latest: ASP.NET 3.5 Hosting) and .NET Framework(latest: .NET Framework 3.5 hosting) supported in the hosting plan.

4. Reseller Web Hosting: or known as Windows Reseller Hosting / ASP.NET Reseller Hosting, allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a provider.

5. Dedicated Hosting: A Dedicated hosting allows you to customize and individualize server settings for your unique requirements. This combination makes our Dedicated Servers ideal for web sites that require faster delivery and maximum performance.

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ASP.NET 3.5 hosting is the latest version of .NET Framework ever release. Below are some of the reason why hosting ASP.NET 3.5 with SeekDotNet.com

1) ASP.NET 3.5 web hosting plans at SeekDotNet.com are compatible with Windows 2003 hosting with IIS 6 Hosting and Windows 2008 hosting with IIS 7 Hosting. It also be able to functions well on MS SQL 2005 hosting and the latest MS SQL 2008 hosting. ASP.NET Ajax hosting and Silverlight Hosting compatible.

2) Every ASP.NET 3.5 website are hosted using Isolated Application Pool in order to meet maximum security standard and reliability.

3) The robust 24/7/365 Technical and Email support from SeekDotNet.com ASP.NET 3.5 hosting expert.

4) Fast and secure SQL Server 2005 hosting and SQL Server 2008 hosting and Web servers give you maximum reliability and performance.

5) Managed Backup / Recovery of customer data -SeekDotNet.com will schedule daily backs up all data and is available for recovery at anytime at your request.

6) High Quality customer service in the Windows Hosting and Windows Reseller Hosting industry.

7) We have wide-ranging experience with ASP.NET 3.5 hosting, deployments and troubleshooting.

8) Affordable prices of ASP.NET web hosting plans started from $ 4 Per Month! Free 3 months with every annual hosting plan subscriptions!

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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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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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These are top 10 reasons clients choose to host Windows Server 2008 with SeekDotNet.com:

1) SeekDotNet.com’s Windows web hosting and ASP.NET hosting fully integrated and compatible with Windows 2008 Hosting.

2) Every website is hosted using Isolated Application Pool in order to meet maximum security standard and reliability.

3) 24/7/365 full server monitoring, technical and email support from our Windows Server 2008 experts.

4) Managed Backup / Recovery of customer data – SeekDotNet.com backs up all data daily and is available for recovery at anytime according to clients request.

5) Fast and secure SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008 and Web servers give you maximum reliability and performance.

6) Fast and dedicated customer service and support in the Windows Web hosting and Windows Reseller Hosting industry .

7) SeekDotNet.com windows hosting is compatible with the Windows 2008 hosting management and collaboration application.

8) We have wide-ranging experience with Windows Server 2008 hosting, deployments and troubleshooting.

9) High and consistent server uptime guarantee!

10) Easy to use Control Panel developed by SeekDotNet.com expert engineers. (Most of the task can be done in Control Panel). Take control panel demo now.

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 Server 2008 hosting features that perform improvement for the following aspects:

Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services:
Terminal Services now supports Remote Desktop Protocol 6.0. The most notable improvement is the ability to share a single application over a Remote Desktop connection, instead of the entire desktop. This feature is called Terminal Services Remote App. Other features new to Terminal Services include Terminal Services Gateway and Terminal Services Web Access (full web interface). With Terminal Services Gateway, authorized computers are able to connect securely to a Terminal Server or Remote Desktop from the Internet using RDP via HTTPS without implementing a VPN session first. Additional ports do not need to be opened in the firewall; RDP is tunneled through HTTPS. Terminal Services Web Access enables administrators to provide access to the Terminal Services Sessions via a Web interface.

Windows PowerShell Integrated in Windows Server 2008:
Windows Server 2008 is the first Windows operating system to ship with Windows PowerShell, Microsoft’s new extensible command line shell and task-based scripting technology. PowerShell is based on object-oriented programming and .NET Framework 2.0 that includes more than 120 system administration utilities, consistent syntax and naming conventions, and built-in capabilities to work with common management data such as the Windows Registry, certificate store, or Windows Management Instrumentation.

Windows System Resource Manager:
Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM) is being integrated into Windows Server 2008. It provides resource management and can be used to control the amount of resources a process or a user can use based on business priorities. Process Matching Criteria, which is defined by the name, type or owner of the process, enforces restrictions on the resource usage by a process that matches the criteria.

Windows Server 2008 Server Manager:
Server Manager gathers together all of the operations users would want to conduct on the server, such as, getting a remote deployment method set up, adding more server roles etc and provides a consolidated, portal-like view about the status of each role.

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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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