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Configuring Windows 2008 R2 Web Server
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A step-by-step guide to building Internet servers with Windows
A step-by-step guide to building Internet servers with Windows

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Default Visual Studio ASP.Net web project templates are now based on the Bootstrap front-end framework. Go a step further and switch your project to LESS source files. This will elevate your CSS flexibilities to the new level. At the same time learn what Node.js, Grunt, Bower and NPM are all about, and how to start using them.

Here is the article: https://www.orderfactory.com/articles/Bootstrap-LESS-Grunt-VS.html
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For a short guide on how to modify your canonical domain name URL Rewrite rule to also redirect from HTTP to HTTPS, for your IIS hosted websites, read the following article. https://www.orderfactory.com/articles/IIS-URL-Rewrite-to-HTTPS.html
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Everybody has his or her favorite routine on how to test new hard drives before placing them into service. Read this article on how to test multiple new hard drives at the same time: https://www.orderfactory.com/articles/New-HDD-Testing.html
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Take a look this article on a perimeter protection and network routing device we built with pfSense and Snort software:

https://www.orderfactory.com/articles/pfSense-Snort/network-perimeter.html
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Some web applications create their own databases. If the web application does not have appropriate permissions, you may see the following error: [SqlException (0x80131904): CREATE DATABASE permission denied in database 'master'.]
 
Read the following article to learn how deal with this:
 
http://www.orderfactory.com/articles/dbcreator/MS-SQL-DB-Create.html
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Thanks, in large part, to Google Fonts, usage of web site embedded fonts is on the rise.

If your web site is hosted on IIS, you may have noticed that embedded font files are not being served to clients. This article discusses why that happens, and how to fix the problem:

http://www.orderfactory.com/articles/Embedded-Fonts/IIS-MIME-types.html
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In our book “Configuring Windows 2008 R2 Web Server” we discussed different types of TLS/SSL certificates, and how to install a new certificate on your server.

Here is an article that goes in detail into the process of renewing expiring certificates:
http://www.orderfactory.com/articles/Renewing-Server-Certs/TLS-SSL-Certificate-Renewal.html

Learn, step by step, how to generate certificate renewal requests, install renewed certificates, and manage multiple certificates on your server.
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We all know that RAID can help our servers to keep going when a hard drive fails. But do you plan ahead what you are actually going to do in case of drive failure?

Take a look at this article that describes strategies for replacing hard drives in redundant arrays.

http://www.orderfactory.com/articles/RAID-drive-replacing.html
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If you install Visual Studio 2012, then install Visual Studio 2012 Service Pack one, and then you decide to install a different edition (such as Desktop in addition to Web) of Visual Studio 2012, you may experience a crash when creating a new project.

In the event viewer you will then see an event 1026: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception. Exception Info: System.MissingFieldException, where WDExpress.exe application is the cause.

While searching for this problem on various forums, we discovered that the recommended solution is to reinstall Windows (!).

Fortunately, nothing so drastic was needed in our case. Try reinstalling the Visual Studio 2012 Service Pack; that should fix the problem right up.
When you uninstall the service pack you will see a recommendation to run the Visual Studio repair; you can skip this step, as you will be installing the service pack back, anyway.
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In our book “Configuring Windows 2008 R2 Web Server” we explain how to setup name based virtual hosting with Apache. Following article explains how to convert the setup from the book to support Server Name Indication (SNI):

http://www.orderfactory.com/articles/SNI-on-Windows-2008-R2.html

SNI allows multiple TLS/SSL-secured web sites to share IP addresses. Before SNI, each secured web site served on the standard port 443 had to have its own unique IP address.
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