3rd September 2010

How To Configure IIS 7.0 and Tomcat with the IIS ARR Module

Some time ago I wrote an installation guide for Apache Tomcat and IIS 7.0 using the JK 1.2 connector which you can find elsewhere on this blog. However, in response to a number of questions being asked on the Microsoft IIS forums I have decided to write a new installation guide for Apache Tomcat using the Microsoft IIS Application Request Routing (ARR) module. Using the IIS ARR module means that there is no longer any need to use the Tomcat JK 1.2 ISAPI Connector.

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5th February 2010

How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI - Part III

In the third and final article of this series we will look at installing the Windows Cluster service and creating a 2-node cluster using two virtual machines running in Virtual PC 2007. If you haven’t done so already I would recommend that you look at the previous two articles in this series which cover the pre-requisites for building a cluster under Virtual PC. You can find them here (http://www.iisadmin.co.uk/?p=91) and here (http://www.iisadmin.co.uk/?p=215)

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4th February 2010

How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI - Part II

In the first part of this tutorial we looked at how to setup an iSCSI target in a virtual machine. If you haven’t read the first part you can find it here : How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI - Part I

In this second part we will install and configure the Microsoft iSCSI Software Initiator and then in the third and final part we will build a Windows Server cluster using virtual machines running under Microsoft Virtual PC 2007.

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3rd February 2010

How To Build a Windows Cluster with Virtual PC and iSCSI - Part I

I was working on a project recently which, for various reasons, required IIS to be installed in a Windows 2003 Server cluster and I was asked if I could do this. As I had never actually done this before I wanted to try it out for myself in a test environment. So I fired up Virtual PC 2007 and started to look at building a test platform using virtual machines.

Unfortunately, I quickly found out that that Virtual PC doesn’t emulate or provide support for SCSI disks and since SCSI disks are a requirement for a Windows Server 2003 cluster I had to look for an alternative method. I vaguely remembered an old post on a Virtual PC forum where someone had suggested that you could actually build a Windows Server cluster using iSCSI so I decided to give it a go.

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5th June 2009

How To Configure IIS 7.0 and Tomcat with the JK 1.2 Connector

Some time ago I wrote an installation guide for Apache Tomcat and IIS 6.0 using the JK 1.2 connector which you can find elsewhere on this blog. However, in response to a number of questions and comments on my blog and IIS forums I have decided to write a new installation guide for Apache Tomcat using the latest release of the JK 1.2 connector and IIS 7.0.

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6th October 2008

How To Configure SSL with Apache Tomcat and IIS 6.0

I was recently asked a question about using SSL with Tomcat on IIS 6.0 and I had to confess that this was something I had never previously tried. So I decided to build a test platform and see if I could get it to work. I started by building an II 6.0 server with Tomcat and the JK 1.2 Connector as documented here : http://www.iisadmin.co.uk/?p=40

You can use any valid SSL certificate (including a self-signed certificate if you like) but in this example I used a 21-day trial SSL certificate from Thawte which you can get from here : http://www.thawte.com

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9th September 2008

How To Configure IIS 6.0 and Tomcat with the JK 1.2 Connector

Some time ago I wrote an installation guide for Tomcat and IIS 6.0 using the JK2 connector which you can find elsewhere on this blog. However since I wrote that previous guide the JK2 connector for Tomcat has been deprecated and is no longer supported. In response to a number of questions and comments on my blog I have decided to write a new installation guide for Tomcat using the latest release of the JK 1.2 connector.

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9th September 2008

Apache Tomcat 6 Startup Error

I recently had to install Apache Tomcat 6 on a Windows Server 2003 machine and I ran into a problem which prevented the Tomcat service from starting. I had already installed the Java Runtime and then installed Tomcat following the default options. However, the Tomcat service just wouldn’t start. I looked in the Windows System Event Log and saw the rather unhelpful error message shown below. So, in order to try and get a handle on the problem I decided to run some monitoring on the server whilst the Tomcat process was starting. This is what I discovered.

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8th September 2008

How to Configure Application Pool Recycle Event Logging in IIS 6.0

If you are running production IIS servers which host multiple web sites and application pools it is often quite important to be able to keep track of the various events which can impact the smooth running of your sites and applications. We recently had an issue where it appeared that certain sites were apparently being randomly re-started and we needed to get a handle on the problem and understand why this was happening. In order to do this I decided to enable logging of worker process recycling events by configuring the LogEventOnRecycle metabase property as described on Technet here :

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3rd September 2008

The ASP.Net Tab is Missing on 64-bit Windows

Here’s another oddity which I stumbled upon recently whilst working on a 64-bit Windows 2003 machine so I thought I’d share it here.

I installed IIS on a newly installed 64-bit Windows 2003 R2 server and needed to configure it to support Asp.Net 1.1 applications. In order to do this I had to configure IIS to run in 32-bit mode as documented in this KB article How to switch between the 32-bit versions of ASP.NET 1.1 and the 64-bit version of ASP.NET 2.0 on a 64-bit version of Windows.

Once I had done this I went back into the Properties of the Default Web Site and I noticed that the ASP.Net tab seemed to have mysteriously vanished. After closing and re-opening and then checking the MMC a few times I still couldn’t find the ASP.Net tab. So I followed the same procedure on another 64-bit Windows 2003 server and got the same results - the Asp.Net tab disappeared after I configured the Enable32bitAppOnWin64 metabase property.

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