Crunching Billions of Log Lines With LogParser

Yesterday three different people came to me asking what type and how many browsers are our “users” using to access our content. Since our products load on about 50 – 80 million pages a day we have a pretty good sample size. And a hell of a lot of log files to collect and analyze. […]

Improving Web Services (Part II)

Last year I wrote about how we improved web server performance with some fairly small changes, and about how I keep an eye on these metrics with reports I create analyzing my web server logs with Microsoft’s LogParser. This is a follow-up to those. Recently we did an upgrade to our platform. One of the “improvements” was […]

Using Log Parser to Extract User Agents From Web Log Files

I’ve been meaning to write a follow-up (or two…) to my I LOVE LogParser post from a few months ago. The time has finally arrived. Every day I collect and analyze (at least at a high level) somewhere around 1/2 a billion (yes, billion) web server log lines. And about that many more from a […]

AWS VPC VPN with SonicWALL NSA and PRO Series Firewalls

Recently Amazon announced, (see also) “You can now create Hardware VPN connections to your VPC using static routing.”  This is great news as it greatly expands the type of devices from which a point-to-point IPSec VPN can be created to your Virtual Private Cloud.  Previously only dynamic routing was supported, which required BGP and a […]

One Guy, Two Blog Posts

I’m not much into self-aggrandizement, but WTH, here goes. This evening while watching a disappointing baseball game I wrote a little about what I do at work, which includes overseeing a network of systems that served over 58,000,000 page views yesterday (a new single-day record for us with much more traffic soon…). To load our […]

Improving Web Server Performance in a Big Way With Small Changes

A week ago today we pushed out some code to our IIS and MS SQL servers that has had a huge impact.  In a good way – a very good way. First, a little background. I work for an online video company that has “widgets” and video “players” that load on thousands of websites millions […]

Enable Quick Launch in Windows 7, Windows 2008 and 2008 R2

Call me old fashioned.  Say I’m stuck in the past.  Whatever.  I just don’t like a lot of the things Microsoft has done to the Windows interface/desktop over the years.  Every time I get a new computer or start up a new server certain things have to be done to make it usable, i.e. not […]