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Complex parameters in Windows PowerShell scripting

Passing and handling parameter in Windows PowerShell script
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Like in any other language, in PowerShell we also want to reuse our code and execute same set of operations with different parameters. PowerShell has great support for parameters which can be used in PowerShell script invocation.If you want your script to accept parameters you need to declare them in the script file...read more

Setting ASP.NET application on IIS always running with PowerShell

Switch off AppPool timeout with PowerShell script
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When creating new website with new application pool, bu default IIS sets your application pool in a way to save resources when inactive. This is because it does not want to run your website all the time if is there is no activity on it and keep using resources on the host for idle worker processes (w3wp.exe). This is the reason you might experience slow response when opening your website URL from time to time especially if your website has low traffic. ...read more

Get number of messages in MSMQ with C#

MSMQ message count in .NET
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MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queuing) is a built in Windows component. It is not so popular now days as there are more efficient and robust solutions available. However, it still has it's place in application architecture as a simple queueing system, plus as I mentioned, it comes out of the box with Windows operating system as a Windows component.This means it is still widely used Windows based applications mostly for internal notifications and services between components of the solution...read more

Automated clean up and archive of log files with PowerShell 5

Archiving old log files with PowerShell 5 and Windows Scheduled Tasks
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Depending on the application architecture, your Windows virtual machine might have one or more applications or components of a single solution. Those might be WebApi services, Web Applications or Windows applications. Any of these components may generate logs which are important for diagnostics and tracking down events...read more

Clean up IIS log files from web server using PowerShell

Avoid low disk space because of IIS logs with PowerShell Scheduled Task
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Microsoft IIS Server is by default logging every request that reaches it. This can be pretty useful for tracking down the issue which my occur over time, but it is also pilling up log files on server's disk which eventually can cause low disk space. You an always clean up these files manually, but wouldn't it be nice if server does that for you? ...read more

Setting up IIS ASP.NET WebApplication using PowerShell

Setup ASP.NET web application hosted on IIS using PowerShell
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PowerShell is the best option for automation on Windows platform. Regardless of which platform and how you organize Continous Deployment, you will always need to introduce certain level of customization during the deployment process. Scripting with PowerShell can play main role with these kind of customizations...read more

Separate configuration files per build config in Visual Studio IDE

Generating different configuration files on the build time in VS IDE
 
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It is an often case that application configuration is different for each environment. Most often this is the case for database connection string where developer has connection string to dev environment database or it's local database and quality assurance (qa) and production have different connection strings wile the rest of the config...read more

Manage IIS website from ASP.NET code

Controlling the current ASP.NET application running on IIS from the code
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Microsoft made IIS management from the ASP.NET code itself much easer and accessible right out of the box by introducing Microsoft.Web.Administration library. Simply by adding the reference in your project to Microsoft.Web.Administration library you are getting options to manage websites hosted on the IIS where application is running. One of the requirements beside referencing Microsoft.Web.Administration library is setting your Application Pool to run under LocalSystem account. ...read more

Using GZip compression for large text values in Redis

Store and retrieve larger text values with Redis in .NET
 
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Using REDIS for caching values for increasing application performance can be quite beneficial and can increase performance and scalability of your application. Although REDIS allows quite large text files, up to 512MB which is something you most likely will not reach if you are storing for example JOSN data, there will be a significant network transfer over the wire for putting and pulling this value in and out. ...read more

QR code MVC html helper

Display runtime generated QR code in MVC page
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This article is based on one of my previous topic Advanced Base64 image extension in ASP.NET MVC. It uses the same concept to display image on the page and to cache it, but it involves QR code bitmap generation which is basically a NuGet package use. Basically, QR code is generated using NuGet package QRCoder https://www.nuget.org/packages/QRCoder/ and result Bitmap is serialized to base64 string and cached so we do not regenerate same QR bitmap over and over on every request which may lead to server overload. ...read more

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