A majority of my geek time is spent at work, like most people. It’s hard to keep up on technology coming out of Redmond. In past years, I would subscribe to several ‘list-servs’ on various content, then review the data when I had some extra time. It was a nice passive way to keep up on technology and pick up on some tidbits. I still do this for some technologies. With the popularity of Twitter, Facebook and other ways people are sharing information. It’s not quite as easy IMO. The group I followed are HUGE twitter users, I kind of find this noisy and hard to keep up. Twitter has recently released ‘groups’ or ‘lists’ which you can group people. I haven’t taken time to subscribe and group people. Anywho!
I recently wanted to start learning more about Microsoft URL Rewrite As many as you know, I hang out answering questions on http://forums.iis.net. URL Rewriting has been “one of those” technologies I’ve wanted to get better at. I’ve not had a opportunity to go deep into this technology yet, so I wanted to passively see what kinds of posts come through. The forums subscription option sends you an email when a question and replies are posted. This is a pretty low volume way to keep up on a specific forum and learn something new. PS A lot of the Microsoft IIS Team hangs out in the forums so there is great information shared.
I was surfing http://blogs.technet.com and came across a free ebook on Windows Server 2008 R2. R2 is a minor upgrade of the OS with some major enhancements. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but trying to keep up on technology coming out of Redmond seems next to impossible. I keep up on my little corner of the world, IIS, Active Directory and a couple other technologies. I feel for developers trying to keep up. 🙂
I wrote an article in 2007 how to setup ODBC Logging on IIS 7.0. There was a post recently in the newsgroups someone wanted to setup and couldn’t get it working. My article uses sql server 2005, IIS 7.0. I was able to reproduce an issue on my test server (Windows Server 2008 R2, x64). Here are some items I ran into.
Can’t run the application pool can’t run in 32 bit. This error came up
HTTP Error 500.0 – Internal Server Error
The page cannot be displayed because an internal server error has occurred.
Can run the application pool using the ApplicationPoolIdentity (Default user)
Login errors show up in the SQL Log viewer applet.
Named Pipes needs to be enabled on sql server
Application Pool runs as a domain user, which has access to the database.
When you setup your DSN, make sure to explicitly test connection with the user setup in the ODBC logging config
Additional Steps to follow besides the original article
Here is article I put together (with pictures) using process monitor to filter information on a specific W3WP process, listing USER property. I commonly reference how to do this @ http://forums.iis.net