Getting Started with MaxESP

Welcome to the MaxESP!  You should have already received your new account name and password, and have accessed, so we wanted to go over some of the new features you will be able to use with MaxESP.  We’ve also created a video tour of the product that you can view here.
Account management has all of the same features to which you are accustomed:  user management, mail configuration, DNS settings, etc.  However, you will notice that at the right hand side, where your devices are usually listed, there is a link to Create a Website

In MaxESP, we’ve simplified the concepts behind IIS, so that the site is the unit of management and resource allocation.  Create a website, click on it from your account page, and you’ll see all of the new features that MaxESP has to offer!
 · Manage your host headers from our control panel. Each site can have unlimited host headers, so you can aggregate as many URLs as you desire under a single content structure. 
 · We’ve included reminders and tips for common tasks.  For example,  when you create a host header using the “Add domains to this website” link, if you haven’t also configured the site in DNS, a warning will let you know.  You’ll also be reminded to add a www. record, along with other common actions.
 · We’ve included a menu of To-do items on the main site screen.  These are things that most .NET applications will use that need to be configured.  In most cases, we’ve auto-generated the correct code for your website’s web.config file, so you can just cut and paste. 
 · For publishing we’ve included FTPS, or secure FTP, to prevent passwords being stolen in transit.  Click the “Connecting via FTP” link to cut and paste auto-generated usernames and hostnames into an FTPS-capable client like FileZilla and get started.  The password for the Admin@youraccountID user is listed on the main account page.
 · Remote IIS Management, where we’ve delegated the tools you already use on your local servers so that you can have the same control of your website in MaxESP.  You’ll need to download the tool if you haven’t already installed it on your machine, we provide the links and instructions in the “Connecting to the Remote IIS Management” link.
And finally, while most of the great features of MaxESP are below the surface, such as load balancing, SAN storage, redundant web servers, etc., you can opt to have your website clustered across multiple servers.  To find the controls that allow your website to run on a single or multiple web servers simultaneously click on “Edit Site Settings”.  Down the road, we’ll be expanding this capability so that you can select as many web servers as you want, and move your resources around dynamically as the situation demands.

MaximumASP relies on customers like you to create products and services that best meet the needs of top Windows developers in today’s marketplace. Please provide with any questions, feature requests, concerns, or kudos!

Article ID: 655, Created On: 6/17/2009, Modified: 8/15/2009

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