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#  Tuesday, 06 September 2005

Yesterday, I attended Kevin Cox' talk about database mirroring in SQL Server 2005. The event was organized by the SQL Server User Group Austria in Vienna, with Peter Koen (old UG lead) inviting Kevin, and Jaser Elmorsy (new UG lead) organizing it. Session description for the records: Database mirroring is a new SQL 2005 feature for high availability. What happens if you combine mirroring with other features, like snapshot and clustering? This presentation will teach you the basics of database mirroring, then will discuss some advanced topics for common solutions.

Kevin also pointed us to the SQLCAT blog - CAT being shorthand for Microsoft SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team. The description as well as Kevin promised that they will be posting demanding scenarios and solutions to those in that very blog.

Categories: Community | SQL Server
Tuesday, 06 September 2005 07:33:57 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Monday, 05 September 2005

Bill Staples is the group program manager on the IIS 7 team. That's Microsoft's Web Server. We spend an hour discovering IIS 7 (the next version of IIS 7). Includes lots of demos. View

At long last some information for the general public (not that it would be news for me).

Categories: IIS | Newsbites
Monday, 05 September 2005 10:36:52 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Thursday, 25 August 2005

Hot off the press: on 8th of September, I will be doing a rerun of my TechTalk Tools zu erfolgreichen Softwareentwicklung mit .NET (~ Tools for successful software projects in .NET) in Graz at the monthly .NET User Group Styria meeting (sign up here). So if you didn't have a chance to attend my TechTalk in Germany, this is your ticket in Austria.

Categories: .NET | this | Training and Conferences
Thursday, 25 August 2005 15:20:27 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Tuesday, 23 August 2005

I admit that I am not the sort of person who likes to go through long and winded installation instructions. However, I am willing to go to great lengths when it comes to security - still with certain limits though. And I hit such a brick wall today: trying to secure Subversion. From the documentation, I knew that the recommended path was SSH, so I set out to find out how to get this up and running on my Windows box.

Owning the black sock in Google fu, I came up with various articles, the most helpful being SVN+SSH+public key authentication on Windows Box as server. Most helpful because after reading the aforementioned recipe plus Subversion / TortoiseSVN SSH HowTo, I decided to scratch my efforts. Why?

For starters, I am not a big fan of Cygwin. That's just personal mischief of a Windows guy, I can swallow my pride when the tools that depend on it provide merit. What's more of a problem for me is installing a service for adding security to another service - especially if I need that new service just for the "security purpose", and not the other bells and whistles it can provide (plus the security issues that might be hidden in those unused parts). Call me paranoid, but I simply like to reduce "moving parts" in my setups, because: What's worse than malicious traffic? Right, encrypted malicious traffic.

Secondly, do you think - honestly - that developers love to jump through hoops to get access to the repository? (I am referring to the client side of things on Windows) Not really. From the top of my head, I fall short of naming a single developer I personally know that would love to follow those steps. But every single one of them would be more than willing to just replace svn:// for svns:// when accessing a repository.

Conclusion: yes, I am whining about the usability of an open source project. As I am participating on one myself, you very well can spare me the "usual" arguments of do-it-yourself-because-the-sourcecode-is-available-anyways. This is a rant. I want to be unreasonable. But it sure would be nice if security was in the box. Especially nowadays.

Categories: Administration | Security | Subversion
Tuesday, 23 August 2005 16:00:57 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Thursday, 18 August 2005

This is not just a plain announcement of the revamped German MSDN Developer Center - Sicherheit, it also contains some back patting for myself, so be warned.

My part in this relaunch was to go over "Basiswissen: Know How für Einsteiger" (~ Security [1..4]01) and pull together useful content in the security area applicable to developers. The result? A mix of books (some of the very best information still is only available in dead tree rendition), online articles and more. Everything is nicely presented in a box in the middle of the page:

Grundlagen (Foundation), .NET Framework Sicherheit (.NET Fx Security), Web Services (I proposed "Web Services & Distributed Technologies"), ASP.NET and Kryptographie (cryptography, my pet peeve) are the sections that I contributed. Judging from a brief perusal, it seems that mostly only my content is in there. So Michael and Uwe will accept my apologies for me claiming those to be "my" sections.

Categories: .NET | Newsbites | Security | this
Thursday, 18 August 2005 13:16:04 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 

As a long-time subscriber as well as regular reader of the Bugtraq mailing list, I saw Gregory's post on decrypting MSN Messenger passwords. Because that one really piqued my interest, I immediately headed over to infoGreG and grabbed the source code, put it into a VS.NET 2003 C++ project, fixed a couple of compiler switches, and et voila - it works as advertised!

Categories: Security | this | Use the source Luke
Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:06:45 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [2]

 



#  Tuesday, 16 August 2005

I promised two things during today's webcast The build system of Visual Studio Team System: links to get started with MSBuild as well as the samples I presented. Let's get started with the easy part, the samples:

VS05BetaExperienceWebcastMSBuildSamples.zip

And here are some useful links for your start into MSBuild:

That's it. You might also want to check out my link list for last week's webcast, Profiling for Visual Studio 2005 Team Systems Beta Experience.

Tuesday, 16 August 2005 15:26:20 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 

From the summary of this security practice: This module presents a set of consolidated practices designed to address ASP.NET version 2.0 security issues. The answers and recommendations presented in this module are tight distillations designed to supplement the companion modules and additional guidance. The practices are organized by various categories that represent those areas where mistakes are most often made.

Security Practices: ASP.NET 2.0 Security Practices at a Glance

Categories: 2 Ohhhh | ASP.NET | Security
Tuesday, 16 August 2005 10:01:40 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Thursday, 11 August 2005
Read about this article on Bruce Schneier's blog. Interesting and fun read, especially early in the morning. Assembler knowledge a plus, but not a requirement.
Categories: Security
Thursday, 11 August 2005 08:33:07 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



#  Wednesday, 10 August 2005

This was a longer-planned upgrade to our Subversion server that happened today: moving from the 1.1 series to 1.2.1. It went smoothly, especially because I played it safe by doing a dump / load cycle (more details to be found in Migrating a Repository) with all repositories. Safety wasn't the only concern: as detailed in the release notes, I also wanted to move the repositories to a FSFS back end, and take advantage of xdelta compression. I was mostly after server-side features, I don't see many of our devs use the optional locking...

Categories: Administration | Subversion
Wednesday, 10 August 2005 17:29:57 (W. Europe Daylight Time, UTC+02:00)  #    Comments [0]

 



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