I’m reviewing the skills measured for exam 70-494 Recertification for MCSD: Web Applications, and came across this item towards the end of the list:
“Prepare the environment for use of assemblies across multiple servers (interning)”
Hmm, that’s something I wasn’t familiar with.
Curiously there’s only a couple of significant places I’ve found it mentioned online: First, Sateesh gives an overview in his post Look at Sharing Common Assemblies in ASP.NET 4.5, and then it gets a mention in the What's New in ASP.NET 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 notes under the heading Sharing Common Assemblies.
So for situations where you’re hosting a number of ASP.NET web applications on the same server and they share some common assemblies, aspnet_intern can help mitigate the problem that each assembly copy has to be read separately during cold site startup and kept separately in memory.
On a machine with Visual Studio 2013 installed,
aspnet_intern.exe can be found in
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v8.1A\bin\NETFX 4.5.1 Tools\.
Here’s the usage details:
Microsoft (R) ASP.NET Intern version 4.0.30319.33440 Utility to analyze ASP.NET web applications and intern common .NET assemblies found in the Temporary ASP.NET Files directory. Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. aspnet_intern [-mode analyze|exec|clean|query] [-sourcedir <input source path>] [-interndir <output target interned path>] -? Display this help text. -mode analyze Analyze source directory for managed assemblies that can be interned for cross application sharing (default) -mode exec Perform interning of managed assemblies for cross application sharing -mode query Display information about shared assemblies in the intern directory -mode clean Deletes the intern directory and all symbolic links in the source directory pointing at files in the intern directory -sourcedir Source directory to scan for potential assembly interning candidates. Use either the Temporary ASP.NET Files directory location, or the location defined in the system.web/compilation/tempDirectory web.config attribute. -interndir The location where interned assemblies are stored for sharing across ASP.NET applications. -v Verbose output -bpc Bypass platform checks -minrefcount The minimum number of times an assembly was found in different locations for the assembly to be considered an interning candidate. (Default: 3) -whitelist Only allows interning of managed assemblies that are contained in this file. Value should be the full file path to a line delimited list of patterns which may contain a trailing asterisk which will turn the pattern into a prefix match. i.e. MyAssembly-1.* Examples: aspnet_intern -mode analyze -sourcedir "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files" aspnet_intern -mode exec -sourcedir "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files" -interndir C:\ASPNETCommonAssemblies aspnet_intern -mode clean -sourcedir "C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files" -interndir C:\ASPNETCommonAssemblies aspnet_intern -mode query -interndir C:\ASPNETCommonAssemblies