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Sep 03, 2014

Okay, this bit me again today, and I didn’t remember the solution from previous research so I had to research it again. That to me means I need to write it up in a blog post. :) I’m running WordPress … Read more...

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Aug 27, 2014

Depending on how many sites your Windows web server is hosting maintaining IIS logs can be a challenge. IIS logs provide valuable insight into the traffic your sites are experiencing as well as detailed SEO metrics and performance...

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Aug 06, 2014

The FTP protocol is some 43 years old now. Yet it continues to be one of the most widely used file transfer technologies available. Over the years it has been shown to be vulnerable to brute force attacks, packet capture, and...

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Aug 04, 2014

Another one of the great built-in features of IIS 8 is Dynamic IP Restrictions (DIPR). With a few simple configuration steps you can quickly set limits for blocking IP addresses based on the number of concurrent requests or frequency...

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Aug 01, 2014

A few months ago, I reported about the growth of sites running on IIS, which was edging closer and closer to Apache's market share. This month (July 2014), NetCraft's web server survey confirms that this has finally happened...

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Jul 27, 2014

The other day I was troubleshooting 100% CPU utilization on a SQL Server 2008 database server. The server had 100 or so databases of varying sizes however none were larger than a few hundred MB and each database had a corresponding...

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Jul 16, 2014

For this next installment in my series about FTP clients, I want to take a look at Globalscape's CuteFTP, which is available from the following URL: http://www.cuteftp.net/ CuteFTP is a for-retail product that used to be available...

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Jul 02, 2014

Configuring websites can be a tedious task, especially if you have large systems to manage, such as hosting providers do. If you are tired of doing this sort of thing manually, Visual Studio Magazine has published a detailed guide...

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Jun 30, 2014

I get a lot of question about various configuration settings for the IIS FTP service, and most of the settings that I discuss with people can be configured through the FTP features in the IIS Manager. That being said, there are...

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Jun 30, 2014

One of the many great new features with IIS 8 on Windows Server 2012 is Server Name Indication (SNI). SNI is a TLS extension that includes the hostname or virtual domain name during SSL negotiation. The reasoning behind this was...

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Jun 02, 2014

Logging the traffic coming into a website is very important, but on a busy site, the log can generates many gigabytes of data every day, making it hard to control disk-space and prevent the drives from filling up. As a result...

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May 30, 2014

Have you ever wondered how much work is involved when migrating a traditionally-hosted production website to Microsoft Azure? If so, the following case study might be of interest to you: Microsoft Azure Migration: Microsoft’s...

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