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Microsoft Windows Server AppFabric Cookbook by Hammad Rajjoub, Rick G. Garibay

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Taking advantage of WAS and Auto-Start

Windows Process Activation Service (WAS) was first introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 as an application environment that extends IIS 7 and later to provide first-class support for hosting WCF and WF services.

Built on top of IIS, WAS provides additional capabilities such as:

  • Message-based activation, which ensures that processes and applications are only activated when there are requests arriving at the service
  • Support for both HTTP and non-HTTP protocols such as NetTcp, NetMSMQ, and NetPipes
  • Support for Auto-Start, which allows for expensive initialization work for a service to take place when the application is started as opposed to waiting for the first message to arrive
  • Intelligent application ...

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