This article applies to developers and site administrators working in an
environment using Macromedia ColdFusion running on a Windows server using
Internet Information Server 4.0 or better. Those who work in an intranet
environment will be especially interested. It will conclude with information
on specific Fusebox applications, though non-Fusebox users may find that it's
applicable to them as well.
Anonymous Access vs Integrated Windows Authentication
With Internet Information Server 5.0, the built-in Web server provided with
Windows 2000 Server, there are several user authentication schemes available.
The ones we are interested in are Anonymous Access and Integrated Windows
Authentication. These controls can be set at the Web site, virtual directory,
and file levels, which can be useful for controlling access to any of these
With Anonymous Access, all i... (more)
In the beginning there was a Web site. Over time, the humble site matured
into an e-commerce application. Hundreds of hits per day turned into
thousands, then tens of thousands...until the server crashed and all the
e-customers and all the e-money went elsewhere.
Innovation comes to the rescue, and somebody decides that servers can be
lined up like phonebooths at a busy airport. If one server fails, the others
will take over. If one server's too busy, others will take on the new demand.
This concept is called clustering.
Today, a variety of schemes are available for clustering se... (more)