New White paper on Team System Web Access 2008 Scalability Limits

This article explains the scalability limits of Team System Web Access and provides three workarounds to improve the total number of concurrent users that Web Access can support including a neat batch command that will recycle IIS and clean up the TSWA cache.

Check it out at:

Team System Web Access 2008 Scalability Limits White Paper


Source: chuck’s blog.

Microsoft Web Platform Installer 1.0 Released

Version 1.0 of the Microsoft Web Platform Installer is out .

The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that makes it very easy to download and install Microsoft’s entire Web Platform in one step, including IIS, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. The Web PI also helps keep your products up to date by always offering the latest additions to the Web Platform. Web PI 1.0 supports Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and of course Windows 2008.

Also worth noting is the Microsoft Web Applicaton Installer (Web AI) currently in in Beta which allows you to quickly install a set of open source ASP.NET and PHP applications. The tool will check for required pre-requisites as well.

Azure:Updated SDK and Tools for Visual Studio Available Now

The Windows Azure team’s Updated SDK and Tools for Visual Studio Available Now post of 1/14/2009 announces a refresh to the Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure tools for Visual Studio.

  1. Download Windows Azure SDK January 2009 CTP (v. of 1/14/2009)
  2. Download Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio 2008 January 2009 CTP (v. 1.0 of 1/14/2009)

The new CTP offers:

    • Improved integration with Visual Studio
    • Performance improvements with execution and debugging scenarios
    • Improvements to Storage Client and ASP.Net provider samples
    • Added support to debug Silverlight in a web role
    • Bug and performance fixes based on customer feedback

Be sure to read the release notes before installing the SDK update: Windows Azure SDK CTP Release Notes.

Read the instructions on the download page before running the VSCloudService.msi installer for Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP.


Team System 2008 SP1 Virtual PC/Virtual Server and Hyper-V images are live

Brian Randell just announced his holiday surprise: New Virtual PC/Server and Hyper-V images with VSTS and TFS and a 12/31/2009 expiration date.

As part of the refresh and extending the expiration date, Brian have updated the images to include the following (naturally some items only appear in the “all-up” images):

  • the latest virtual machine additions or integration services components
  • all of the latest Windows Updates as of December 1, 2008
  • Team Foundation Server 2008 SP1
  • Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite SP1
  • Team System Web Access 2008 SP1
  • Team Foundation Power Tools, October 2008 update
  • the latest MSSCCI provider
  • Team Explorer 2005 (this allows you to work with TFS from Visual Studio 2005 which is installed so that you can edit and customize TFS reports)
  • the GDR for the product formally known as Visual Studio 2008 Database Edition (aka Data Dude)
  • current Process Explorer, Process Monitor, and Background Info

You can download the images from:


Read Brian’s full post here.

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