Background tasks in asp.net

Recently a site I was working on, http://www.walshgroup.com needed to periodically pull down data from an external data source.  I could have put this logic at the start of some request operation but then there would be some user waiting longer for his response than needed.

I ended up using this technique to refresh the dataset at regular intervals without messing with the users experience.  For simple stuff, it beats writing a separate job to do this.

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Accessing WHS Connector Software via secret HTTPS location

If you are ever in a situation when you want to install the Windows Home Server connector software, but don’t have the CD, you can always get it through the browser.

Just browse to:

https://SERVERNAME:56000

It’s important that you do the https.

This page will give you the ability to download the right version of the connector software, as well as some tools for diagnosing issues with WHS.