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Advanced Windows Hosting A Dedicated Server Deployment Solution. Bernhard Frank | Mario Briana Web Platform Architect Evangelists Developer Platform and Strategy Group (Germany | CEE ). Dedicated Server Survey Results.

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Advanced Windows Hosting
  • A Dedicated Server Deployment Solution
  • Bernhard Frank | Mario Briana
  • Web PlatformArchitectEvangelists
  • Developer PlatformandStrategy Group (Germany | CEE)
dedicated server survey results
Dedicated Server Survey Results

Designedfordedicatedservercustomer Web-VAPs (Value Added Provider)

Key Findings:

  • Most Customers usingthe Server forApp Hosting
  • Most Customers callthemselves Developer
  • Most Customer have 1 upto 3 sites on onemachine
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Model behindAdvanced Windows Hosting

Price/Hoster

Value/User

Price/Hoster

Value/User

Tiger Duck:Toincreasevalue!!

LAMP Land

WISA Land

Hoster Invest

Hoster Invest

Hoster Invest

Hoster Invest

Windows basevalue

Windows base Price

LAMP basevalue

LAMP base Price

Special Software package + How-to‘sforhosters / WebVAPsandcustomersthatextendsthe Windows Server capabilitiesto a „Value Add Offering“.

Advanced Windows Hosting

- package

advanced windows hosting stack 1st build a lamp aquivalent
Advanced Windows Hosting Stack(1st:build a LAMP – aquivalent)

value

Web Applications

Control Panel

(Plesk, Confixx, Ensim,…)

SQL Mgr.

PHP

.net 3.0

ASP.net AJAX

SQLExpress

Apache, PHP, MySQL

fastCGI

ASP.NET

IIS

Base OS

Base OS

LINUX (is)

WINDOWS

advanced windows hosting stack package manager
Control Panel

(Plesk, Helm)

Umbraco (WebCMS)

Web Application Installer

WSS Membership DB

Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0

.net 3.0

ASP.net AJAX

MS SQL Server Express Manager

Advanced Windows Hosting Stack(Package-Manager)

MS SQL Server Express

PHP

fastCGI

value

Web Applicationen

Control Panel

(Plesk, Confixx, Ensim,…)

SQL Mgr.

PHP

.net 3.0

ASP.net AJAX

SQLExpress

Package-manager

Apache, PHP, MySQL

fastCGI

ASP.NET

IIS

Base OS

Base OS

LINUX (Ist)

WINDOWS

advanced windows hosting stack 2nd get more value to the user
Advanced Windows Hosting Stack2nd: getmorevaluetotheuser

value

Web Applications

Web Applications

Control Panel

(Plesk, Helm)

Control Panel

(Plesk, Confixx, Ensim,…)

SQL Mgr.

PHP

.net 3.0

ASP.net AJAX

SQLExpress

fastCGI

Apache, PHP, MySQL

Package-manager

ASP.NET

IIS

Base OS

Base OS

LINUX (is)

WINDOWS

the packagemanager value props
The Packagemanagervalueprops

@Hoster:

  • Open-Source (extenableandcustomizable)
  • Packages (extenableandcustomizable) (OS, Language, V- orDedicated Server)
  • Contextspecificinformationaboutthepackages (html)
  • Consistentinstallations. (easierTroubleshooting, moresecure)

@customer:

  • Reducinginstallationtimes, searchingforusefulcomponents
  • Customer decideswhattoinstall.
  • Requirements / Dependenciesarecheckedandshownbeforeinstalling.
  • Benefitof expert Installation - Know-How
  • Getmorevaluewhattheplatformprovides.
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Advanced Windows Hosting Stack(Web Application Installer)

value

Web Applicationen

Web Applications

Web Application Installer

Control Panel

(Plesk, Helm)

Control Panel

(Plesk, Confixx, Ensim,…)

SQL Mgr.

PHP

.net 3.0

ASP.net AJAX

SQLExpress

fastCGI

Apache, PHP, MySQL

Package-manager

ASP.NET

IIS

Base OS

Base OS

LINUX (is)

WINDOWS

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Web Application Installer:

Open-Source:

0€! vs. InstallShield Express ca. 500€ extensible

@Developer

Create an MSI foryour web app in 30 min

(asp.net/php/perl/(my)sql)

@User

Easy installation in a well knownconsistentmanner

WiXML

MSI Paket

high level architecture overview
High levelarchitectureoverview

Web-Application

(WIX Package)

Web-Application

(WIX Package)

Providedby Hoster

Web-Application

(WIX Package) ProvidedbyCommunity

AWHPackage

….

Advanced Windows Hosting Base (configurable, e.g. ASP.NET AJAX, WSS, SQL Express…)

.net 2.0 (ASP.NET)

HosterVanillaInstall

IIS

Windows Server OS

usage scenarios
Usage Scenarios

MS Package Server

Install ClientGetpackage List

ISV generatespackage

Hoster generatespackage

Hoster Package Server

Decidewhattoinstall

Community generatespackage

Community Package Server

Download / Install

WAI

Raktajino

MSI Packets

XML Deffiles

MSI Packets

try it out links
Try it out - Links

Packagemanager:

http://www.codeplex.com/raktajino

Web Application Installer Template:

http://www.codeplex.com/wai

Advanced Windows Hosting Site (German)

http://www.advanced-windows-hosting.net

project structure
Project Structure
  • App.config
  • Business Logic

BL.cs

  • Windows Forms

Raktajino.cs (main UI)

UserEulaDialog

UserInputDialog

  • Resources

Resources folder

HostingOptions.xml

InstallationRequirements.xml

Localization (not planned for 1st release but already on Codeplex)

WinformStrings.resx

WinformStrings.de-DE.resx

app config
App.config

HostingOptionsURL

http://localhost/tigerduck/hostingoptions.xml?lang=%language%&OS=%OS%

InstallationRequirementsURL

http://localhost/tigerduck/InstallationRequirements.xml"

Banner

resources\banner.htm

ProductDescriptionURL

resources\raktajino.htm

BackgroundInstallCheck

True/False

SortProductTreeView

True/False

DownloadSubDirectory

Whendownloadingthisistheplacewherestuffgetsstored

TempSubDirectory

Usedtounzipdownloadedpackages

DisableTabControlDuringInstall

True/False

in case a hosterwantthecustomertobeabletoclick on Packageswhileweareinstalling

Culture

de-DE

hostingoptions xml
HostingOptions.xml
  • Package Definition
    • Title, Description
    • Category
    • Install URL and Eula URL
    • InstallRequirements
      • Referenced in Installrequirements.xml
    • UserInput
    • Action
installationrequirements xml
InstallationRequirements.xml
  • External Check (expensive regarding resource consumption!)
    • Property="IIS6 configuredwithFastCGIfor PHP" SpecialFolder="%SystemRoot%" SearchPath="system32\" CheckFile="cscript.exe" Arguments="inetsrv/fcgiconfig.js -get -section:"PHP" -ExePath„
    • CompareMethod="ValueContains“ php-cgi
  • Registry Check
    • Property="IIS Version greater 4" Key="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3SVC\Parameters" Value="MajorVersion“
    • Compare ValueType="Int32“ Method="ValueGreaterThan“ 4
  • File Check
    • Property="ASP.NET version 2.0" SpecialFolder="c:\" SearchPath="Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727" FileName="aspnet_isapi.dll„
    • CompareMethod="ValueExists"
  • MSI Product Check
    • Property="ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 installed" GUID="082BDF7B-4810-4599-BF0D-E3AC44EC8524"
  • In the 1st release we are not supporting WMI check because
    • WMI Product Check is not installed by default on a WS 2003 box
    • actually MSI Product check is doing almost the same
    • there was a bug in Vista (fixed with SP1)
installationrequirements xml1
InstallationRequirements.xml
  • External Check (expensive regarding resource consumption!)
    • Property="IIS6 configuredwithFastCGIfor PHP" SpecialFolder="%SystemRoot%" SearchPath="system32\" CheckFile="cscript.exe" Arguments="inetsrv/fcgiconfig.js -get -section:"PHP" -ExePath„
    • CompareMethod="ValueContains“ php-cgi
  • Registry Check
    • Property="IIS Version greater 4" Key="HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\W3SVC\Parameters" Value="MajorVersion“
    • Compare ValueType="Int32“ Method="ValueGreaterThan“ 4
  • File Check
    • Property="ASP.NET version 2.0" SpecialFolder="c:\" SearchPath="Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727" FileName="aspnet_isapi.dll„
    • CompareMethod="ValueExists"
  • MSI Product Check
    • Property="ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 installed" GUID="082BDF7B-4810-4599-BF0D-E3AC44EC8524"
  • In the 1st release we are not supporting WMI check because
    • WMI Product Check is not installed by default on a WS 2003 box
    • actually MSI Product check is doing almost the same
    • there was a bug in Vista (fixed with SP1)
bl cs business logic
BL.cs – Business Logic
  • Called from UI
  • Classes for
    • Packages
    • InstallationRequirements
    • InstallationAction
    • UserInput
  • DOES NOT INSTALL anything
  • DOES NOT DOWNLOAD anything
    • About to change in next version
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Business Logic

HostingOptions.xml

InstallationRequirements.xml

UserInput class omitted for clarity

raktajino cs ui
Raktajino.cs - UI
  • On Load
    • Create Package structures
      • Add Package Information to the Installation tabs
    • Add Installation Requirements
    • Check Installation Requirements in a background worker thread
      • Update the information in the Installation tabs
        • Installable,
        • Dependent on other Install,
        • Already installed
  • Install Button
    • According to Requirements
      • User will be referred to another Package
      • Package gets installed in background in a separate process
      • If specified
        • User accepts EULA
        • Enters requested input
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