What is the difference between a session timeout and a connection timeout in IIS?

Web Server Setup Information

In Microsoft IIS 7.5 What is the difference between the following entry in the Session State Timeout (in minutes) :

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And this setting in IIS 7.5 (Default web site > Advanced Settings > Connection Limits) :

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My Two Cents: These are two different settings in IIS that control two different things.

1) The ASP.NET session state is a technology that lets you store server-side, user-specific data. Web applications use this data to process requests from the user for which the session state was instantiated. A session state user is identified by a session ID. The session ID is delivered by using one of the following methods:
a) The session ID is part of a cookie that is sent to the browser of the user.
b) The session ID is embedded in the URL. This technique is also known as a cookie-less session.
The session timeout in IIS is how long the session can live. This is across multiple connections and is set in minutes. So, when you walk away from your computer with a page open and come back after 20 minutes if the page has timed out and you don’t like that, the setting will need to be increased, and visa versa.

2) The Connection Timeout is how long a connection from a browser to the server should take till it times out. So, when the browser requests a page/image/resource, it is how long IIS should wait until it terminates the connection. The Connection Timeout is set in seconds.

H.P. Shakes Up the Server

H.P. Shakes Up the Server (http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com)

Server News

Hewlett-Packard is planning to commercially release a new kind of server. With the server, it is angling for an entirely new look at how this multibillion-dollar business runs, by creating products more rapidly and having more semiconductor companies provide chips.

Plans for the server were announced 16 months ago as Project Moonshot. H.P.’s chief executive, Meg Whitman, has talked about it as a major source of new growth many times since then. Until now, however, the scope of H.P.’s ambition has not been clear. The server uses low-power Intel chips. H.P. says it uses 89 percent less energy and is 80 percent smaller than today’s typical server. It is also said to cost 23 percent as much overall.

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My Two Cents: Servers that use less energy with increased performance is always a good deal! I am looking forward to getting one of these in the very near future for testing!

Cyber warfare is the new threat to the global order

Cyber warfare is the new threat to the global order (http://www.nationmultimedia.com)

Cyber Security News

Startling new developments in the American national security doctrine have shaken the foundations of thinking about fear and safety in the world. Chiefs of intelligence agencies in the US have released a report claiming that cyber attacks and cyber espionage pose a greater danger than conventional terrorist groups like al-Qaeda.
(Continue reading at http://www.nationmultimedia.com)

My Two Cents: Cyber espionage pose a greater danger than conventional terrorist groups like al-Qaeda! I would agree! Can Cyber Security keep up with these attacks?

FirstLight Power Resources signs with Adept Technologies to provide a hosted Shoreline Management solution

FirstLight Power Resources signs with Adept Technologies to provide a hosted Shoreline Management solution (http://www.einnews.com)

Adept Technologies News

Adept Technologies Inc., the foremost developer of automated Shoreline Permit Management software for hydro-power producers announced today that FirstLight Power Resources LLC, a major New England hydro-power provider, selected Adept to upgrade their Shoreline Management operations. Adept will host a secure implementation of their innovative Adept Enterprise Shoreline permit management system for FirstLight.
(Continue reading at http://www.einnews.com)

My Two Cents: FirstLight Power Resources is our second east coast energy corporation to sign with us this year. What makes this exciting is our new partnership with Xand with their advanced datacenters all along the east coast that support our servers and equipment in multiple locations to serve our east coast customers, and provide redundancy with our systems in the mid-west. We at Adept Technologies do not rent servers or network equipment, we purchase our own servers and all network equipment, thus we create and control our secure Private Clouds for our customers. Partnerships with Xand and other datacenters provide us with the multiple locations to run our servers and software in the cloud.