Easy Web Development With IIS Express

Triggered by a question in the forums the other day, I had started working on a blog post about IIS Express and how it works compared to Visual Studio Development web server, also known as Cassini.  During my research I came across this well written and comprehensive post that covers everything that I was going to write about and more.

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Enabling Failed Request Tracing

Occasionally I get questions on how to troubleshoot intermittent issues in IIS.  One example is an intermittent 500 status code and another example is a slow page load.  In IIS7 and later there is a simple module that you can install as part of IIS called Failed Request Tracing (FREB). Using Failed Request Tracing you can easily configure it to

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Which application pool is it?

If you are running multiple web sites on your IIS web server you will eventually need to know which worker process is associated with a particular application pool.  It may be for baseline information or troubleshooting but at one point or another you will need to cross reference an application pool to a w3wp worker process. Opening up Task Manager

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