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IIS 8.0 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: DHCP Installation in Windows Server 2016 Using Powershell

clock March 29, 2019 09:24 by author Peter

Now, I want to do the same thing, but this time, using PowerShell. We can easily achieve this with the help of PowerShell and typing a few simple commands.

Before we begin with DHCP installation process, first we need to make sure that it’s not installed in our Server 2016. We can verify this in two ways., which are given below.

  • Using Server Manager.
  • Using PowerShell.

As you can see below, I opened my Server Manager to check (Left side , under Dashboard), if DHCP is already installed, as we can see in the screenshot given below, DHCP Server roles are not installed yet.

Server Manager
Let’s verify this, using PowerShell. All you need to do is, just open your PowerShell and type the command given below.

Get-WindowsFeature


You can notice in the screenshot given above, install Sate for DHCP says “Available”, which means that it’s available for the installation and it’s not installed yet. Thus, we can continue with our installation process..

To install this DHCP server role using PowerShell, we need to use the command given below.

Install-WindowsFeature -Name ‘DHCP’
After installing this DHCP Server role, type the commands given below to install DHCP Management Tools.


We have successfully installed DHCP Server role and all the required tools to manage it. We can verify this in two ways. We can go back to Server Manager to see, if there is a DHCP Server role, the other way is suing PowerShell…Let’s first verify this, using Server Manager.

Go to —> Server Manager and check for DHCP under Roles and Server Groups (See the screenshot given below.)

We can also verify this using PowerShell, using the command given below.
Get-WindowsFeature.

 

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IIS 8.0 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Fix PUT/POST/DELETE Verb Errors On Site ?

clock March 13, 2019 09:41 by author Peter

A customer was getting errror when utilizing PUT/POST/DELETE verbs on their web application as of late. The error looks like this:
<h2>405 - HTTP verb used to access this page is not allowed.</h2>

<h3>The page you are looking for cannot be displayed because an invalid method (HTTP verb) was used to attempt access</h3>

After some troubleshooting the error was disengaged to the way that WebDav was installed on the server and was catching those requests for its own service use.

Instead of removing Webdav from the server, we made a go at searching for an alternate solution. Thankfully somebody on Twitter comprehended the issue and gave an illustration of changes to make to the customer's web.config record with a specific end goal to disable (remove) the Webdav module for simply that particular webpage without requiring any requiring managerial activities on the server.

The code updates to make to your web.config record to intention this error are:
<configuration>
  <system.webServer>
    <handlers>
      <remove name="WebDAV" />
      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_32bit" />
      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_64bit" />
      <remove name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-Integrated-4.0" />
      <add name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_32bit" path="*." verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS" modules="IsapiModule" scriptProcessor="%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\aspnet_isapi.dll" preCondition="classicMode,runtimeVersionv4.0,bitness32" responseBufferLimit="0" />
      <add name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-ISAPI-4.0_64bit" path="*." verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS" modules="IsapiModule" scriptProcessor="%windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_isapi.dll" preCondition="classicMode,runtimeVersionv4.0,bitness64" responseBufferLimit="0" />
      <add name="ExtensionlessUrlHandler-Integrated-4.0" path="*." verb="GET,HEAD,POST,DEBUG,PUT,DELETE,PATCH,OPTIONS" type="System.Web.Handlers.TransferRequestHandler" preCondition="integratedMode,runtimeVersionv4.0" />
    </handlers>
    <modules>
      <remove name="WebDAVModule" />
    </modules>
  </system.webServer>
</configuration>

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IIS 8.0 with Free ASP.NET Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: IIS Express Failed to Register URL - Access is Denied

clock March 1, 2019 10:34 by author Peter

I was working on a web application, and suddenly the application stopped running on the browser and I got this error message,

“Unable to connect to the configured development Web server. Failed to register URL http://localhost :57660/ for site “sandbox” application “/”. Error description: Access is denied. (0x80070005)”

I tried many things like restarting Visual Studio and running Visual Studio as administrator but nothing worked. Finally, after spending a few hours on it I got the solution, so here I am sharing the solution.

Open windows registry and browse parameters in HTTP where you can see what URLs are allowed to be bound to services without admin privileges. The parameter is called ListenOnlyList and it needs to be set to the address that exists on your machine.

You need to configure this parameter by running the following in the administrative command prompt:

 
Once IP address is successfully added, you can see ListenOnlyList added in the registry with correct value.

Now run your web application again. I hope that will resolve your problem.

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IIS 8.0 Hosting France - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Exploit the URL Rewrite Module for IIS to Handle Redirects to HTTPS?

clock February 14, 2019 10:23 by author Peter

We saw as problems URL Canonicalization can be solved in a declarative means a component of IIS, called URL Rewrite Module, which can be configured by specifying the appropriate rules of web.config. Another typical requirement in the management of a website is to make sure that applications that involve sensitive data (such as a page for payment by credit card) are carried out using the HTTPS protocol. How can we manage, however, requests that are received incorrectly using HTTP? A first solution may be to set the flag RequireSSL IIS for the particular folder that we want to protect (or maybe of all the site), as shown below:

The effect of this setting is that if a user visits the page via HTTP, IIS will raise 403.4 HTTP status code (Forbidden), displaying the standard error (or a custom version, if specified):

An alternative certainly more pleasant for the user is that instead of automatically redirected to the HTTPS address and, for this purpose, we can exploit once again the URL Redirect Module, by setting a rule similar to the following:

<rule name="ToHttps" stopProcessing="true">
  <match url="(.*)" />
  <conditions>
    <add input="{URL}" pattern="(secure/.*)" />
    <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="ON" negate="true" />
  </conditions>
  <action type="Redirect" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" />
</rule>

It applies to all addresses in input:

  • Pointing to a folder called secure
  • They are not using HTTPS

Hopefully we can eliminate the first condition, if we want the rule applies to the entire website and not to a particular folder. The final effect, specified in the node Action, is to perform a Redirect to the same page, but with the correct protocol.

Sometimes you may also need the opposite, ie postponing from HTTPS to HTTP. A typical example is when the SSL certificate covers only a subdomain of our site (for example secure.miosito.com) and therefore we want all the other pages are open in HTTP. In this case the rule to be created is very similar to the previous one:

<rule name="ToHttp" stopProcessing="true">
  <match url="(.*)" />
  <conditions>
    <add input="{URL}" pattern="(secure/.*)" negate="true" />
    <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="ON" />
  </conditions>
  <action type="Redirect" url="http://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" />
</rule>

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European IIS 10 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: Set Default Page For A Website In IIS

clock January 18, 2019 10:07 by author Peter

In a few Web sites, if we type the Web site name, (like www.someurl.com) it will automatically load the page www.someurl.com/index.aspx. This is because of the setting of the “Default Document” feature of IIS. In this post we are going to discuss this feature of IIS.

  1. Open IIS, type the command “inetmgr” in Run window.
  2. Select “Default Document” and click.
  3. In the feature view, we can see some type of Document orderly kept.
  4. The top most had the highest priority and the last one had the least priority.

As per the above figure, the document “Default.htm” had the highest priority and the file “Default.aspx” had the lowest priority. This means whenever the user types a url (like www.someurl.com), then IIS looks for any one of the files that exist in the above order on that Virtual Directory. If it finds any one of the files, it will load that page.

IIS also allows, adds/removes the custom default document per Web site. For example, if we specify a page (say home.htm) as the default document which does not exist in the website, then IIS will look into that website and alert the user as shown below, which explicitly states that each time we type the url, IIS will look in that order.


As per the alert, it is advisable to move the default document at the top level, which will increase the performance in the sense IIS can avoid going further down in the list.

 



IIS 8.0 with Free ASP.NET Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: Generating SSL Certificate Request (CSR) with Certreq

clock January 11, 2019 11:01 by author Peter

Today, I will show you how to generate SSL certificate request (CSR) with Certreq. Certreq.exe is a command-line utility included on Windows Servers. It allows you to quickly generate a certificate request without having to use Windows's laborious GUI.

Step 1: Creating a config file

Open a text editor and paste the text below in the file:

;--- request.inf ---

[Version]
Signature="$Windows NT$"

[NewRequest]
; Replace Country with the 2-letter ISO code for your country
; Replace State with your state or province, without abbreviation
; Replace City with your city
; Replace Organization with your company
; Replace Organization_Unit with your department, or remove OU=Organizational_Unit entirely
; Replace www.example.com with the hostname you're requesting a certificate for
; For a wildcard SSL certificate, this would be *.example.com
Subject = "CN=www.example.com, OU=Organizational_Unit, O=Organization, L=City, S=State, C=Country"
; Key Exchange - for encryption
KeySpec = 1 
; 2048 bits minimum, 3072 or 4096 are valid too
KeyLength = 2048
; Needed if you need to export the certificate to another server
Exportable = TRUE
; Indicates a server certificate, not a user certificate
MachineKeySet = TRUE
SMIME = False
UserProtected = FALSE
; Generate a new private key
UseExistingKeySet = FALSE
; RSA key
ProviderName = "Microsoft RSA SChannel Cryptographic Provider"

ProviderType = 12
; Standard of CSR's
RequestType = PKCS10
; Digital signatures and encryption
KeyUsage = 0xa0

[EnhancedKeyUsageExtension]
; Server authentication
OID=1.3.6.1.5.5.7.3.1

;------------------------------

Step 2: Generate a Certificate Request

Generate your CSR with the following command:

C:\>certreq -new request.inf request.csr

Open the .csr file, and copy its contents in Kinamo's CSR application form, including the BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST and END CERTIFICATE REQUEST lines.

Step 3: Install an SSL certificate with Certreq

The .cer file you receive from the Certificate Authority can easily be installed by saving the file on the server you generated the CSR on, for instance as cert.cer, and by executing the following command at the prompt:

C:\>certreq -accept cert.cer

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European IIS 8 Hosting - Germany :: How to Enable URL Redirection from Non-WWW to WWW?

clock December 20, 2018 10:44 by author Peter

We have many clients ask about how to redirect non-www to www URLs. We believe this is important factor in SEO as search engines consider http://www.domain.com and http://domain.com are different websites. As a result, if your website has been linked to from other websites using a mix of the two URLs you are effectively splitting the potential benefit of valuable link popularity.

Workaround

Using a 301 redirect on the “non-www” version of the URL, which is essentially a “permanent” redirect in server talk, you can effectively consolidate all of your link popularity to a single URL. This consolidation will serve to increase your website’s chances of obtaining and maintaining top rankings.

How To Enable The 301 Redirect

You need to instruct the server you are hosting your website on to redirect the traffic seamlessly. To do this you need to first establish what type of server your website is hosted on. There are two main types of servers that are in use: Microsoft and Apache (Linux/Unix), but as on our hosting environment, we use IIS, so we will discuss how to enable it on IIS.

Enable non-www 301 Redirect in IIS Server

Microsoft servers do not have a .htaccess file to alter so we suggest that you contact your hosting provider and request they make this change for you. If they are baffled or need further instructions on how to make the changes you can refer them to the tutorials referenced below:

1. Using Internet Services Manager create a new IP-based website using the http://yourdomain.com URL or alternatively you can avoid using a unique IP by using the host header (virtual website) of www.yourdomain.com.

2. Now verify the server headers for each website using the Server Header Checker. The server response should be 200 OK for both addresses.

3. Now add your domain-revised version of the following ASP code to the default home page for http://yourdomain.com:

< %@ Language=VBScript %>
< %
Response.Status=”301 Moved Permanently”
Response.AddHeader “Location”, http://www.yourdomain.com
%>


Note: do not change the spacing or line placement within the above code; place it as is.

4. Once the default page is online first visit your website via http://yourdomain.com to ensure the redirect is working. Next check the server headers for http://yourdomain.com and make sure you see the following code within #1: “HTTP Status Code: HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently”. That code will confirm the 301 redirect is being properly communicated



European IIS 10 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How To Manage IIS Server Online?

clock December 14, 2018 08:41 by author Peter

Hey folks, now it’s possible to manage your IIS (Internet Information Services) Server right from the Browser. I am going to share the steps , which I was required to perform before it started running. It was simple though. Right now, the Service is in “Preview” mode, hope to see this launched very soon!

“To start, head over to https://manage.iis.net and download IIS Administration Setup.

As soon the download starts, it shows you another screen waiting for the Service to be installed and run and let you proceed further.

 

The installation failed twice. It asked me to install “Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x64)” first and then asked to install “Microsoft .NET Core 1.0.1 Windows Server Hosting”. I had no other trouble during the installation. My machine config at the time is Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) / i5 / 12 GB. I did an IIS reset and the waiting Window started receiving signals. The first screen prompted me with a default port (PORT# 55539) on the localhost address and asked me to supply an “Access Token”.

The link, given below in the input box lets you generate or refresh the access token. In the background, it installed “Microsoft IIS Administation Service” exposing a Web Service on port 55539. I’ve yet to figure out, if the port is configurable or not.

Generate an access token and supply to IIS Management form and you are done. It also allows you to set how soon the access token should be expired.

IIS Administration Setup needs to be installed on the machine running IIS Server. To manage any IIS Server online, you just need the Access Token.

The steps are given below.

  1. Install IIS Administration Setup and its dependencies on IIS Server machine. (It will install and start “Microsoft IIS Admistration” Service).
  2. Generate Access Token on the machine.
  3. Use the token any where in the world to access IIS Server, which belongs to the token. Make sure the port 55539 is allowed from the network, which you’re trying to access the IIS Server over the Web.

You can refresh the key anytime, which you want to (or an access token has been compromised).

Server and Website Administration is very smooth with the Web console. All the options from IIS Manager are available online and are very user friendly. You can do pretty much everything from the Web console, which comes available with IIS Manager on Windows.

Exploring websites

Create a Website.

Managing IIS Server

 

I’ll leave the rest of the exploration for you. Hope, you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.



European IIS 10 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: Dedicated Servers As The Secured Solutions

clock November 14, 2018 10:42 by author Peter

When it comes to the option of dedicated servers, you may find it costly in comparison to other web hosting options. But ultimately, the choice is worth making because plenty of commercial benefits are integrated into this web hosting plan. Let’s see how it is a better option than others web hosting plans.

Better uptime
In dedicated hosting arrangements, the service provider reserves the SLA,  including the solution of hardware failure. The service provider maintains a support team for 24x7. With expert skill sets and ITIL complaint methods you can be sure about a high uptime.

Cost efficiency
This is a cost efficient option. According to the plan, a dedicated hosting service provider is responsible for upgradates and maintenance of hardware for maintaining connectivity, and for offering a friendly physical environment. Under this plan, you as a user have no obligation to pay for the total server room or for employing a service administrator. Under this plan you have to pay for the services you will be using.

Reliable bandwidth
Under this web hosting plan you will get to enjoy higher internet speed. There is no chance to lose the speed as there is no risk of sharing the connection. This will help in faster communication, upload management, and uninterrupted business presence.

Complete control on applications
If you select dedicated web hosting, you will enjoy a complete monopoly of decisions about using site management tools and allied other applications to boost your hosting environment. However, about the tools, you need to get prior approval from your hosting service provider that they will be able to give you backend support to maintain them.

Better security arrangement
Dedicated hosting service offers uninterrupted access to physical server. The security arrangement includes supervision cameras, Biometric Access Control System, round-the-clock patrolling, etc. for improved security. Advanced service providers often provide additional supports like DDos guard, web application firewall, VAPT, and security event management.

These reasons can clearly  justify why Dedicated Server is a better option. It is clearly understood that although expensive, this category of web hosting service offers excellent ROI (Return over investment).



European IIS 10 Hosting - HostForLIFE.eu :: How to Enable HTTP Strict-Transport-Security (HSTS) on IIS?

clock November 8, 2018 11:23 by author Peter

In this article, we will only show simple tutorial about how to enable and serve HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) response header in IIS.

Definition HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS)

HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) is a web security policy mechanism which is necessary to protect secure HTTPS websites against downgrade attacks, and which greatly simplifies protection against cookie hijacking.

HSTS improves security and prevents man-in-the-middle attacks, downgrade attacks, and cookie-hijacking.

It allows web servers to declare that web browsers (or other complying user agents) should only interact with it using secure HTTPS connections, and never via the insecure HTTP protocol. HSTS is an IETF standards track protocol and is specified in RFC 6797.

The HSTS Policy is communicated by the server to the user agent via an HTTP response header field named Strict-Transport-Security. HSTS Policy specifies a period of time during which the user agent should only access the server in a secure fashion.

Therefore, adding a HSTS header is important after you’ve added SSL to your WordPress website, so browsers automatically request your HTTPS address.

All you need to add to your web.configconfiguration file is an Outbound Rule, to rewrite request responses and sending the HTTP Strict Transport Security response header:

<outboundRules>
  <rule name="Add Strict-Transport-Security when HTTPS" enabled="true">
    <match serverVariable="RESPONSE_Strict_Transport_Security" pattern=".*" />
    <conditions>
      <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="on" ignoreCase="true" />
    </conditions>
    <action type="Rewrite" value="max-age=31536000" />
  </rule>
</outboundRules>

HSTS and includeSubdomains #

Do you have your SSL (TLS) certificate on your www. subdomain? Then you need to include it using includeSubdomains. The outboundRules rule then becomes:

<rule name="Add Strict-Transport-Security when HTTPS" enabled="true">
  <match serverVariable="RESPONSE_Strict_Transport_Security" pattern=".*" />
  <conditions>
    <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="on" ignoreCase="true" />
  </conditions>
  <action type="Rewrite" value="max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload" />
</rule>

HSTS header in WordPress functions.php #

You can set a HSTS header through your functions.php theme file as well. For this to happen, you can hook into the send_headers action.

Use the following code in your functions.php to send a HSTS header:

<?php
add_action( 'send_headers', 'saotn_add_hsts_header' );
function saotn_add_hsts_header() {
  header( 'Strict-Transport-Security: max-age=31536000; includeSubDomains; preload' );
}



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