Windows Web Solutions UPDATE, September 10, 2002

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September 10, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Microsoft Announces SQL Server 2000 Notification Services RTW

2. KEEPING UP WITH IIS

  • Develop an IIS Recovery Plan
  • Results from Last Issue's Instant Poll: Your Primary Job Description
  • This Issue's Instant Poll: Web Development Within Your Job

3. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • The Security Solutions You've Been Searching For!
  • Real-World Tips and Solutions Here for You

4. HOT RELEASE

  • SMART Watch(TM)—Defending Critical Web Installations

5. RESOURCES

  • Event Highlight: XML for Financial Services
  • Featured Thread: Web Service Counters Missing

6. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Simplify Web Content Management
  • Submit Top Product Ideas

7. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY
Tim Huckaby, News Editor, [email protected]

  • MICROSOFT ANNOUNCES SQL SERVER 2000 NOTIFICATION SERVICES RTW

  • This is the second of two articles about customizing the Outlook toolbar. Some of On August 26, Microsoft announced the release to Web (RTW) of SQL Server 2000 Notification Services, a high-performance notification application platform for SQL Server 2000 that lets developers create applications that generate custom messages. Built on SQL Server 2000 and the Microsoft .NET Framework, Notification Services consists of a programming framework and a highly scalable server that executes the applications. You can prototype robust notification applications in a few days as opposed to lengthy development time frames.

    My company has employed Notification Services on two projects, and we've found it extremely easy to implement—which, of course, is its most powerful feature. NASDAQ's Web site and "The New York Times" Web site use Notification Services to provide crucial customized data for their customers. Praveen Seshadri, architectural engineer for SQL Server at Microsoft, said, "Almost all commercial Web sites and customer-facing enterprise applications are trying to do some form of alerting or messaging with its customers. There hasn't been a better time to provide proactive data subscription and delivery services, as one can no longer assume that a customer will always be at their terminal for unlimited hours searching for information they need. Microsoft has extracted the 'plumbing' of these types of applications and provided a platform where users can simply focus on building their application and business logic to provide timely and personal information notifications to their customer to foster stronger customer relationships and service. The model is easy to learn, and developers will be able to build working prototypes of highly scalable applications in a day. Information can come from any data source, ranging from external Web services and data feeds to internal business systems. Input data is not limited to data that resides on SQL Server."

    You can check out the MSN Mobile Web site ( http://mobile.msn.com ) to see Notification Services in action—MSN Mobile uses the new platform to power its Alerts link on its home page. I use Notification Services through MSN Mobile to send me traffic and stock alerts. If you have a telephone device and a provider that supports the application, the process of configuring alerts is quite simple to set up. You can choose from all the supported devices and providers by using the wizards on the MSN Mobile site. To read more about Notification Services and to download the software, visit the following URL:
    http://www.microsoft.com/sql/ns


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    2. KEEPING UP WITH IIS

  • DEVELOP AN IIS RECOVERY PLAN

  • You've developed backup schemes and disaster-recovery plans, but do these plans include recovery of your IIS servers? The following are three key steps that can save you in the event of a failure:
    - Back up your metabase.
    - Document and back up the drivers for your database.
    - Have a change-management system in place.

    Click the following link for an installation checklist and an article to help you back up and restore your IIS servers in the event of data corruption, hard disk failure, or a configuration modification that backfires.
    http://www.windowswebsolutions.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=21558

  • RESULTS FROM LAST ISSUE'S INSTANT POLL: YOUR PRIMARY JOB DESCRIPTION

  • The voting has closed in the Windows & .NET Magazine Windows Web Solutions channel's nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "What is your primary job description?" Here are the results (+/-1 percent) from the 83 responses.
         - 45% Systems and/or network administrator
         - 13% Web administrator
         - 22% Web developer
         - 10% Consultant
         - 11% Other
    

  • THIS ISSUE'S INSTANT POLL: WEB DEVELOPMENT WITHIN YOUR JOB

  • The next Instant Poll question is, "What percentage of your job entails Web development?" Go to the Windows & .NET Magazine Windows Web Solutions home page and submit your vote for a) Most of my job is Web development, b) At least half of my job is Web development, c) Less than half of my job is Web development, or d) None of my job is Web development.
    http://www.windowswebsolutions.com

    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS
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  • THE SECURITY SOLUTIONS YOU'VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!

  • Our popular Interactive Product Guides (IPGs) are online catalogs of the hottest vendor solutions around. Our latest IPG highlights the security solutions and services that will help you protect your data and your network before disaster strikes. Check it out at
    http://www.winntmag.com/techware/interactiveproduct/security

  • REAL-WORLD TIPS AND SOLUTIONS HERE FOR YOU

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    4. HOT RELEASE

  • SMART WATCH(TM)—DEFENDING CRITICAL WEB INSTALLATIONS

  • It's 4:00 AM and your corporate web site's been hacked. SMART Watch instantly notifies you while restoring web content to its original form. Click below for additional information on WetStone's preemptive hacker defense tool:
    http://www.wetstonetech.com/smartwatch.html

    5. RESOURCES

  • EVENT HIGHLIGHT: XML FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES

  • September 18 through 19, 2002
    New York City
    http://www.worldrg.com/fw251

    XML and Web services have emerged as excellent options to help the financial services sector streamline costs, especially in the current economic climate. This conference will help you understand how the securities and banking industries are using XML to reduce costs and increase efficiency for the long term. Learn to expand your flexibility and maximize opportunities with better interoperability and integration of Web services. Understand how emerging XML industry standards will facilitate smooth exchanges of information.

    For other upcoming events, check out the Windows & .NET Magazine Events Calendar.
    http://www.winnetmag.net/events

  • FEATURED THREAD: WEB SERVICE COUNTERS MISSING

  • Sandy installed a hotfix on her IIS 4.0 Windows NT machine and lost the Web Service counters in Performance Monitor. She found three files that she needed (w3ctrs.h, w3ctrs.dll, and w3ctrs.ini) in the \winnt\system32 directory. She then ran unlodctr w3svc and lodctr w3ctrs.ini and, in the process, noticed the language 000 had problems loading. Sandy needs information about how to reinstall the counters. To lend a helping hand, visit the following URL:
    http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/messageview.cfm?catid=41&threadid=45602

    6. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Sue Cooper, [email protected])

  • SIMPLIFY WEB CONTENT MANAGEMENT

  • SurfMap released iUpload 3.0 to subscribers of its Web content management service. The software lets nontechnical users create, publish, and edit Web content directly to a Web site in a secure, controlled environment. New tools include Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) support, enhanced WYSIWYG editing, and features that automatically update content after you make changes or additions. iUpload's enhanced asset management features help you manage images, files, and links for reuse throughout your Web sites. Scheduled alerts let you create notifications and reminders and tie the reminders to specific content on your site. Subscription-based pricing is dependent on the number of users and starts at $400 per month. Contact SurfMap at 866-487-5623, 905-681-5334, or [email protected]
    http://www.iupload.com

  • SUBMIT TOP PRODUCT IDEAS

  • Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Do you know of a terrific product that others should know about? Tell us! We want to write about the product in a future What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions to [email protected].

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