Category Archives: Web Tools & Testing

Some handy web tools for the admin

much like the formerly free DNSreport tools here are a couple of handy links:

kudos to Jim Magee of Authorinet Consulting LLC

Netscape retires | Say goodbye to an old friend

Web icon set to be discontinued

Netscape logo

Netscape lost ground to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer

The browser that helped kick-start the commercial web is to cease development because of lack of users.

Netscape Navigator, now owned by AOL, will no longer be supported after 1 February 2008, the company has said.

In the mid-1990s the browser was used by more than 90% of the web population, but numbers have slipped to just 0.6%.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Web icon set to be discontinued

The SharePoint STSADM.exe tool and ASPNet_regiis.exe

Learn the syntax – command operations, parameters and shortcuts, and properties of the SharePoint STSADM.exe tool

WSS 3.0

WSS 2.0

The last post on ASP.Net was actually not using the aspnet_regiis.exe tool at all and what really happened was that the SharePoint Sites web.config file was reconfigured to undue some of the security constrictions of .NET 2.0 that weren’t compatible with SharePoint.  This is why the STSADM.exe tool was used.

Aspnet_regiis.exe is a very helpful tool in its own right and you can learn more about it starting here:

a common inventory query done using v2.0.50727 would be:

C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\aspnet_regiis.exe -lk

aspnet_regiis.exe demo

In the above mapping query WSUS 3.0 is shown with its v2.0.50727.0 applications while the default SBS 2003 sites remain at .NET 1.1.4322.2407.

…and yes the .NET framework is designed so that multiple web applications can run side-by-side with different versions as needed.  In other words, it isn’t a requirement to have all sites with the same version of ASP.Net.  It is only required that the version fits with the application associated with the site.  The above aspnet_regiis.exe tool will help inventory, reinstall, remap, and uninstall as needed.

Connection Testing

There are a few free internet based connection testing sites out there and here’s another one I discovered that I like a lot: