Wanted to update that the FastCGI module v1.5 has been released for IIS 6 and IIS 5.1. A lot more details can be got from Ruslan’s blog on this release: http://blogs.iis.net/ruslany/archive/2010/01/18/fastcgi-extension-1-5-for-iis-5-1-and-iis-6-0-rtw.aspx
Fast CGI Forum with announcement and where to send folks with technical questions: http://forums.iis.net/t/1164235.aspx
Some fast features. See blog post for the details -
- Monitor changes to a file (php.ini as an example). Will recycle FastCGI processes for the process pool.
- Real-time tuning of MaxInstances setting. Set by default now.
- STDERR stream handling.
- Sending a termination signal to FastCGI processes for cleaner shutdowns.
- _FCGI_X_PIPE_ environment variable for communication between the extension and FastCGI process.
- Relaxed enforcement of response headers syntax.
- Per-application FastCGI process pools. Allows for two different PHP version used for different applications within the same web site.
- Using UTF-8 encoding for server variable values.
- More descriptive error messages
- Changes in default values for configuration settings.
Have fun …
Archive for January, 2010
FastCGI 1.5 for IIS6 & 5.1 is RTW January 20th, 2010
SSMA for MySQL to SQL Server January 15th, 2010
Just wanted to make sure you were aware that the new free MySQL to SQL Server migration assistant (“SSMA for MySQL”) is now available.
- Download SSMA SQL Server 2005 for MySQL v1.0 CTP1
- Download SSMA SQL Server 2008 to MySQL v1.0 CTP1
It is interesting to tryout once atleast :) …
VS 2010 Beta resources January 13th, 2010
There have been tons and tons of resources on the MS.com website that one can download from. I am just trying to consolidate them for your quick reference. MS released a new Visual Studio 2010 & .NET Framework 4 Training Kit. This is a downloadable version of the training content used in Training Workshops and includes 17 presentations, 21 Demos and 26 Hands-on Labs. The January preview adds content for Office, SharePoint and Application Lifecycle Management. The content in this training kit has been tested with Beta 2 and is ready for you to use.
Visual Studio 2010 and TFS 2010 Virtual Machine
This VM includes everything you need to learn and demonstrate the ALM capabilities of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 (with the exception of Lab Management). This VM is available in the virtualization platform of your choice (Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007 SP1, and Windows  Virtual PC). Hyper-V is highly recommended because of the performance benefits and snapshotting capabilities. The lab also works with 7 hands-on-labs that are included in the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Kit.
TailSpin Travel Demo
In Bob Muglia’s keynote at the PDC, Cameron Skinner presented a demo focused on some of the most exciting new features coming in Visual Studio 2010, .NET Framework 4, and the server platform. The demo was built to align with the following release announcements: ASP.NET MVC 2 beta, Windows Identity Foundation RTM, and the beta of the new Windows Server AppFabric. The demo did a great job of highlighting the value of the next wave of Microsoft developer tools and as such we wanted to make sure that it is readily available to everyone.
You can download the Tailspin Travel application from Codeplex. In addition to the feature use cases that were presented in the demo, the released version of Tailspin contains many additional scenarios to help developers see a broader view of possibilities with the respective technologies.
10-4 on Channel9
The 10-4 show on Channel9 is a regular web cast focused on new features of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4. There are 37 episodes with total views of over 3 million. This is a great resource for you and your customers to learn about what’s coming in the next release.
You can download the rest from this starting link.
Here are a number of interesting videos that help you understand step-by-step in storing data onto the Azure Blob storage and use the content via Silverlight.
With this post, it is quite important to figure out how to activate your Azure account if you have MSDN subscription. With your MSDN subscription you can refer to this blog post by Eric Golpe for details on how to activate your Azure benefit: http://blogs.msdn.com/ericgolpe/archive/2010/01/05/step-by-step-windows-azure-signup-for-msdn-subscribers.aspx
I would like to remind all users that Service Pack Support for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will end on January 12, 2010 and support for SQL Server 2008 RTM will end on April 13, 2010. Microsoft is ending support for these products as part of their Service Pack support policy, found in http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.
Both SQL Server 2005 SP2 and SQL Server 2008 RTM will no longer receive assisted support or security updates from Microsoft after their respective end of support dates. Self-Help online support will continue to be available for a minimum of 12 months after the product reaches the end of support. Self-Help options include public knowledge base articles, FAQs, troubleshooting tools which are typically available from http://support.microsoft.com and the Microsoft Download Center.
As part of getting Interoperability Bridges there is a new post out, Creating PHP CRUD Apps with SQL Server on your Server or in the Azure Cloud that helps PHP web users to build SQL Server, SQL Azure or Windows Azure Storage bound applications via a helper CRUD application that developers can modify. The post includes simple code snippets and images that show the end product working on a PHP web site running on Windows.