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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Easy Steps to Add Docker containers on Windows Server 2016

clock December 5, 2016 08:47 by author Dan

According to Techgenix website. Docker containers, which were already taking the market by storm, received a big boost in September when the company announced a commercial partnership with Microsoft. The deal, which extends the Docker engine to Windows Server, is expected to double the size of the already fast-growing container market.

Understanding containers

If you’re reading this, chances are you already understand what Docker containers are. If so, feel free to skip ahead to see what this means for you and how to run the containers in Windows. But for Docker newbies, here’s some background information.

Docker launched just three years ago in 2013, but it has already become immensely popular. One of the reasons containers got such widespread support so immediately was because a company is able to put many more applications into a physical server with containers rather than with virtual machines (VMs).

Essentially, this is because VMs use much more system resources, such as RAM and CPU cycles. While a container essentially only needs a compatible operating system and supporting programs, libraries, and resources, a VM needs much more.

Virtual machines must virtually replicate the system hardware to run. But because containers use shared operating systems instead of virtualizing hardware, you can put many more applications on one server using containers.

Not only this, but containers also create an operating system that is consistent among machines and can be used for development, testing, and deployment.

Of course, this isn’t to say that they are better than virtual machines. They are simply for different purposes. When using Docker, every container has to use the same operating system and kernel. Simplified, containers are for you if you need multiple copies of the same application.

There are a few reasons why Docker skyrocketed quickly and has steadily remained one of the top container companies. Docker changed the way containers were deployed, making it safer and easier.

With Docker, it’s possible to create different environments like that of a live server for development purposes and allow those on different computers to work on the same project, without needing to change the settings or spend hours setting up the environment yourself.

Docker notes that “On average, Docker users ship 7X more software after deploying Docker in their environment.” Also, with Docker, it’s easy to “identify issues, isolate the problem container, quickly roll back to make the necessary changes, and then push the updated container into production. Isolation between containers makes these changes less disruptive than in traditional software models.”

Docker containers in Windows Server 2016

Now that you’ve got a good grasp of what Docker containers are (or you already knew), let’s see what that means for Windows users.

Before this, Docker containers were exclusive only to Linux. With this new partnership, though, they will be functional on the upcoming Windows servers. And what could be better than being able to run Docker containers on your Windows computer? Running it for free!

After two years of joint engineering, this commercial partnership entails a few specific things. First, the Commercially Supported Docker Engine, or “CS Docker Engine,” will be available to Windows Server 2016 customers for no additional cost.

Resolving some users’ issues with Docker support, Microsoft will provide Windows Server 2016 customers enterprise support for CS Docker Engine, backed by Docker Inc.

Additionally, Docker and Microsoft will jointly assist in providing more security by promoting Docker Datacenter. This will help “IT Pros to secure the Windows Server software supply chain and manage containerized Windows Server workloads, whether on-prem, in the cloud, or hybrid,” Docker says.

The partnership also includes the integration of Visual Studio Tools for Docker and Docker for Windows. This gives developers complete desktop development environments for building Dockerized Windows apps.

Microsoft has also contributed Windows Server container-base images and apps to Docker Hub to jumpstart app development, according to Docker’s site. And, for IT pros, Docker Datacenter has made it possible to manage Windows Server environments in addition to the Linux environments it already manages.

The Docker platform “represents a single set of tools, APIs and image formats for managing both Linux and Windows apps.” As Docker’s Michael Friis puts it, “As Linux and Windows apps and servers are dockerized, developers and IT-pros can bridge the operating system divide with shared Docker terminology and interfaces for managing and evolving complex microservices deployments both on-prem and in the cloud.”
How to use the new Docker containers on Windows

There are a few things to understand about how to run the containers on Windows. The command “docker run” is available natively on Docker for Windows, and the terminology hasn’t changed much between the operating systems. Also, like different security profiles can be run on Linux, this is also true of Windows.

There are two isolation modes available, according to Docker’s website:

  • “Windows Server Containers use the same shared-kernel process-isolation paradigm known from Linux. Since containers run as normal (but isolated) processes, startup is fast and resource overhead is minimal.”
  • “With Hyper-V isolation, container processes run inside a very minimal hypervisor created during container start. This yields potentially better isolation at the cost of slower startup and some resource overhead.”

So, a Windows container image can be run using either of these isolation modes, as long as the underlying host supports the requested isolation mode. Additionally, both of these hosts are able to be run at the same time, and the Docker control API is the same for both modes.

Generally, developers won’t have to worry about this and can simply use the typical “docker run” command, not needing the extra “docker run –isolation=hyperv microsoft/nanoserver”. Isolation mode is useful for IT pros, though, to decide how to deploy containerized apps in production.

Docker clarifies that “while Hyper-V is the runtime technology powering hyper-v isolation, hyper-v isolated containers are not Hyper-V VMs and cannot be managed with classic Hyper-V tools.”

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Repair the Boot Files in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2

clock December 5, 2016 07:09 by author Armend

How to Repair the Boot Files in Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2

When booting to the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE), the drive letters are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. For example, the C: drive in Windows will often have a different letter in WinRE. The DiskPart utility can be used to keep track of the drives and what is stored on them.

Note: If there is no System Reserved partition. It is okay to select the drive containing the Windows folder.   

  • First Partition: 100 MB System Reserved (No drive letter)
  • Second Partition: 60 GB (C:) OS
  • Third Partition: 1.5 TB (D:) Data
  • DVD Drive: E:

Note: If there is no System Reserved partition. It is okay to select the drive containing the Windows folder

Restoring Boot Files

  • Boot to the Windows Server DVD.
  • Open the command prompt.
    • Server 2008 R2:
    • If no driver is needed, press Shift-F10 to open the command prompt.
    • Continue with step 3.
  • Server 2008 (or 2008 R2 if a driver is required)
    • Click Next at the first screen.
    • Click Repair your computer.
    • If no driver is needed, click Next and proceed to step vii below.
    • If a driver is needed, click Load Drivers.
    • Insert the media containing the needed driver.
    • Note: The media can be a CD, DVD, or USB storage device
    • Navigate to the folder containing the driver, select it, and click Open.
    • Click Command Prompt.
  • The command prompt appears.
  • Type DiskPart at the command prompt.

  • Type List vol at the DiskPart prompt.
  • Write down the drive letter of the DVD drive. In this example, it is F.
  • Write down the drive letter of the system reserved drive. In this example, it is C.
  • Type Select vol 1 (assuming volume 1 is the System Reserved volume, as it is here).
  • Type active. This sets the selected volume as active.
  • Type exit to return to the command line.
  • Type Copy f:\BootMgr c:\ at the command prompt. One of two things will happen:
    • If the file Bootmgr already exists on C:, type N to avoid overwriting it.
    • If the file Bootmgr doesn't already exist on C:, it will automatically be copied.
  • Type Bootrec /Fixmbr at the command prompt.
  • Type Bootrec /Fixboot at the command prompt.
  • Type Bootrec /rebuildBCD at the command prompt.
    • If no OS is found, the following appears:

This means that one of the following is true:

  • The boot configuration database (BCD) already exists.
  • The OS is not there.
  • The OS is damaged beyond the ability of BootRec to recognize it.
  • If BootRec /RebuildBCD succeeds, it will list any installations of Windows that it found. Press Y to accept and add them to the BCD. The server is now configured to boot from the proper partition. Close the command prompt and reboot the system into normal mode.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Simple Steps To Set Windows Server 2016 With Static IP Address

clock November 28, 2016 10:05 by author Dan

According to ittutorials website, If you are setting up Windows Server 2016 as a domain controller or as any other production server function in your network it is recommended that you set it up with a static IP address. This is a quick how to guide on how to do that.

Note: you need an administrator account on the server to set your Windows 2016 server with a static IP address

Login to your Windows 2016 server, and click on the Start button, and then click on the Control Panel:

Then click on View network status and tasks under the Network and Internet applet:

Then click on Change adapter settings on the left menu:

then right-click on your network connection, and select Properties:

Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and then click on Properties:

Enter the IP address you want to assigned to this server, the Network Mask, Default Gateway, and the DNS IP address:

Click  OK and then reboot the server.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How To Enhance Your Windows Server Security

clock November 28, 2016 07:30 by author Armend

Enhance Your Windows Server Security

There are a variety of features and settings for securing your Microsoft Windows Server infrastructure, so be sure you make the right choice. There are many techniques for getting the most out of the various security features of Windows Server 2008 R2. With so many choices, it can be difficult to know which individual security features and settings you should use to adequately secure your servers.

 

When it comes to securing Windows Server 2008 R2, there are two phases you need to consider: pre-deployment and post-deployment security. You can best think of pre-deployment security as security planning. If you're going to be setting up a new server, there are certain security considerations you should take into account before you even begin the installation process.

Server Role Isolation

One of the primary tasks involved in pre-deployment security planning is taking measures to reduce your server's attack surface. Attack surface reduction is based on the concept that the more code that's running on a system, the greater the likelihood that code contains a vulnerability that could be exploited. So to reduce the attack surface on your servers, you need to ensure those servers aren't running any unnecessary code.

It's recommended you take things one step further, though, to maximize the effectiveness of your security posture. As a general best practice, you should configure each server to perform one specific task. For example, rather than running DNS services and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) services on a server already configured to act as a file server, it's better from a security standpoint to run each role on a dedicated server. Not only does this help reduce the attack surface, it can also make any required troubleshooting easier because each server is running a less-complex configuration.
It's understandable that sometimes using a separate server for each role isn't practical, either because of cost or because of functionality requirements. Even so, it's a good idea to isolate server roles whenever you can.

Server virtualization can help to further bring down costs. For example, Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition is licensed for use within up to four virtual machines (VMs), as long as the underlying physical server is running Hyper-V and nothing else.

Use Server Core

Another tactic for reducing a server's attack surface is to configure it to run Server Core. Server Core is a bare-bones Windows Server 2008 R2 installation that doesn't include the full graphical UI.
Because Server Core deployments run a minimal set of system services, they have a much smaller attack surface than a traditional Windows Server deployment. Server Core installations also tend to perform better than full Windows Server installations. The server has to deal with less overhead, which makes it ideal for use within VMs.
Unfortunately, you can't use Server Core for all Windows Server 2008 R2 deployments, because only certain system services and relatively few server applications can run on Server Core deployments. As such, it's best to deploy Server Core where you can, but accept the fact that you won't be able to use it on all of your servers—at least for now.

Group Policy Planning

Pre-deployment security planning is important, but once things are up and running, your security best practices should include ongoing Group Policy management and planning. It's advisable to take Group Policy settings into account prior to Windows deployment. You'll also need to adjust policy settings over time as your security requirements evolve.
Although you can fully manage Group Policy settings using the tools included with Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft offers a free utility called Security Compliance Manager (SCM) that can simplify the process. Download SCM here. The installation process is straightforward and uses a simple wizard. Just make sure you select the check box that tells the setup wizard to check for updates.

Once you've installed SCM, you can launch it through the server's Start menu. When you run it for the first time, the software will have to import a number of different security baseline packages. This process can take several minutes to complete.
Once you've imported the security baselines, you'll see a list of baseline categories within the console tree. Expand the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 container to view the available Windows Server 2008 R2 baselines. Microsoft provides security baselines for a number of different server roles

The baselines Microsoft provides each represent a collection of Group Policy settings considered optimal for that individual server role. Although the baselines adhere to Microsoft's security best practices, blindly accepting a security baseline is considered a bad practice. Your organization will have its own unique security needs. Microsoft generally recommends you augment the default security baselines to fit those needs.

The first step in doing so is to choose a security baseline that matches the server role you want to configure. Next, click the Duplicate link found in the Actions pane. This lets you make a copy of the security baseline. That way you can modify the copy without having to worry about making irreversible changes to the original security baseline.
When prompted, enter a name for your custom security baseline and then click Save. When you do, you'll see your newly created security baseline displayed in the Custom Baselines section at the top of the console tree.
When you select your custom security baseline, you'll see all the security settings displayed in the console's center column. The console lists the default setting, Microsoft's recommended setting and your custom setting.  Initially, the custom settings will match the Microsoft settings. As you make modifications, those will be reflected in the Customized column.

You can modify individual policy settings by double-clicking on a setting and then choosing a new value  After modifying any setting, click the Collapse link to save your changes. When you do, the policy setting will be displayed within the console in a bold font to indicate settings have been modified.
When you finish reviewing the various settings and making any necessary modifications to the security baselines, export your security baseline. The Actions pane contains a number of different export options.

You should initially export the security baseline to an Excel spreadsheet. That way, you can store a documented copy of your security baseline settings independent of SCM. You should also export the settings into a Group Policy Object (GPO) Backup. You can use the GPO Backup to import the security baseline settings into the Group Policy Editor.
You can import a baseline into the Group Policy Editor by opening the security policy you want to modify, right-clicking on the Security Settings container and choosing the Import Policy option.

You can import your security settings into the Group Policy Editor. The Security Configuration Wizard is an equally handy tool you can use to secure your Windows 2008 R2 servers. This is installed by default in Windows Server 2008 R2, and is accessible through the server's Administrative Tools menu. Like SCM, the Security Configuration Wizard is designed to help you create server-role-specific security policies you can export to the servers on your network.

When you launch the wizard, you'll see an introductory screen. Click Next to clear this screen and you'll be taken to a screen that asks you what action you want to perform. You can create, edit or apply a security policy, or you can roll back the most recent security policy.
Assuming you decide to create a new policy, the Security Configuration Wizard will prompt you to provide the name or IP address of a server to use as a security baseline. This should be a server upon which you'd like to model the policy you're about to create.

Click Next a couple of times, and you'll come to a screen asking you what roles the server will perform (see Figure 5). The list of roles is automatically populated based on the roles installed on the server from which you're modeling the new policy. You can then manually modify the list of roles.
It's important for the role list to accurately reflect the roles you plan to install on the servers that receive the policy. The Group Policy settings, registry settings and firewall configuration will all be based on the roles you've chosen.

Choose the roles that will be insvers.

talled on target serClick Next, and you'll see a similar list referring to the features you'll install on the server. Once again, it's important for the feature list to be accurate. It's also worth noting that the Security Configuration Wizard doesn't actually install roles and features. It only creates policies based on the roles and features you indicate are installed.

  • The next two screens follow the same basic format as the Roles and Features screens. One screen asks you about Installed Options. These are things like such as Remote Desktop or Remote Volume Management. The next screen asks you about any additional installed services such as the Disk Defragmenter or the Adobe Acrobat Update Service. You might see some non-Microsoft services displayed on this list, depending on what software is installed on the model server.
  • The next screen asks you what should happen when startup encounters an unspecified service. You can leave the service startup type unchanged, or you can block the service. At the next screen, you'll see a list of the services whose startup types will be changed so you can make sure that you're not about to disable something critical.
    The wizard now takes you to the Network Security section. You can skip this section, if you so choose. It's designed to configure the Windows Firewall based on how you'll use the server. This section lets you review existing firewall rules and add or delete rules based on your needs.
  • The Registry section is next. The Registry portion of the wizard asks if all computers that will be connecting to the server meet certain minimal OS requirements. It also verifies whether or not the server has surplus processing power. These configuration settings determine whether or not to enable Server Message Block security signatures.
    Other screens ask you about the types of accounts you're using, and the types of domain controllers on your network. Once you finish answering the wizard's questions, it will show you the all registry modifications it's about to make.
  • The last section you'll encounter before you're asked to save your security policy is the Audit Policy section. This section asks you one question about your general auditing philosophy. Essentially, it wants to know if you want to audit successful events, successful and unsuccessful events, or nothing at all. The audit policy settings will be based on your choice.

When you reach the end of the wizard, you're asked to save the new policy as an XML file. You then have the option of applying the new security policy now or later. If you choose to apply the security setting later, you can do so by rerunning the Security Configuration Wizard and choosing the Apply an Existing Security Policy setting.

You can apply a previously created security policy through the Security Configuration Wizard.
There are far too many Windows Server security features to discuss within a single article, but these are some of the highlights. The major tools such as the Security Configuration Wizard and the Security Compliance Manager can help you secure your servers without having to configure each security setting individually.

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Windows Server 2016 Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Installing SFTP/SSH Server on Windows using OpenSSH

clock November 21, 2016 10:35 by author Dan

According to winscpdotnet website, Recently, Microsoft has released an early version of OpenSSH for Windows. You can use the package to set up an SFTP/SSH server on Windows.

Installing SFTP/SSH Server

  • Download the latest OpenSSH for Windows binaries (package OpenSSH-Win32.zip)
  • Extract the package to a convenient location (we will use C:\openssh in this guide)
  • As the Administrator, install SSHD and ssh-agent services:
  • powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File install-sshd.ps1
  • Generate server keys by running the following commands from the C:\openssh:

    .\ssh-keygen.exe -A

  • Open a port for the SSH server in Windows Firewall:
    • Either run the following PowerShell command (Windows 8 and 2012 or newer only), as the Administrator:
      New-NetFirewallRule -Protocol TCP -LocalPort 22 -Direction Inbound -Action Allow -DisplayName SSH
  •  
    • or go to Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Firewall > Advanced Settings > Inbound Rules and add a new rule for port 22.
  • To allow a public key authentication, as an Administrator, from C:\openssh, run:

powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy Bypass -File install-sshlsa.ps1
and restart the machine

  • In C:\openssh\sshd_config locate a Subsystem sftp directive and change the path to sftp-server to its Windows location:
  • Subsystem sftp C:\openssh\sftp-server.exe
  • Start the service and/or configure automatic start:
    • Go to Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools and open Services. Locate SSHD service.
    • If you want the server to start automatically when your machine is started: Go to Action > Properties. In the Properties dialog, change Startup type to Automatic and confirm.
    • Start the SSHD service by clicking the Start the service.

These instructions are partially based on the official deployment instructions.

Setting up SSH public key authentication

Follow a generic guide for Setting up SSH public key authentication in *nix OpenSSH server, with following differences:

  • Create the .ssh folder (for the authorized_keys file) in your Windows account profile folder (typically in C:\Users\username\.ssh).
  • Do not change permissions for the .ssh and the authorized_keys.

Connecting to the server

Before the first connection, find out fingerprint of the server’s RSA key by running ssh-keygen.exe -l -f ssh_host_rsa_key -E md5 from the C:\openssh:

C:\openssh>ssh-keygen.exe -l -f ssh_host_rsa_key -E md5
2048 MD5:94:93:fe:cc:c5:7d:d8:2a:33:21:0e:f3:91:11:8a:d9 [email protected] (RSA)


Start WinSCP. Login dialog will appear. On the dialog:

  • Make sure New site node is selected.
  • On New site node, make sure the SFTP protocol is selected.
  • Enter your machine/server IP address (or a hostname) into the Host name box.
  • Enter your Windows account name to the User name box. It might have to be entered in the format [email protected], if running on a domain.
  • For a public key authentication:
    • Press the Advanced button to open Advanced site settings dialog and go to SSH > Authentication page.
    • In Private key file box select your private key file.
    • Submit Advanced site settings dialog with the OK button.
  • For a password authentication:
    • Enter your Windows account password to the Password box.
    • If you Windows account does not have a password, you cannot authenticate with the password authentication (i.e. with an empty password), you need to use the public key authentication.
  • Save your site settings using the Save button.
  • Login using Login button.
  • Verify the host key by comparing fingerprint with the one collected before (see above).

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to repair UEFI Bootloader in Windows 8

clock November 21, 2016 07:10 by author Armend

How to repair UEFI Bootloader in Windows 8

In this article we will learn how to repair Windows 8 bootloader on a computer with UEFI. The corruption of the Windows 8 bootloader can occur after the installation of the second OS (in Dual Boot configurations), be caused by the erroneous actions while failure recovering and for some other reasons. If the loader in Windows 8 on UEFI system is corrupted, it’s impossible to start the system or a blue screen with the following error appears:
The boot configuration data for your PC is missing or contains errors.

File :\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\BCD
Error code: 0xc000000f

All this can imply corruption or even total removal of Windows 8 loader configuration – Boot Configuration Data (BCD). You won’t be able to recover the BCD loader using bcdedit. When running this command, the following error appears:

  • The boot configuration data store could not be found.
  • The requested system device cannot be found

The matter is that the BCD loader configuration in Windows 8 installed in UEFI mode is stored on a separate hidden EFI volume (100 MB in size on FAT32 file system). Bcdedit can not see it and, therefore, manage the loader configuration on it.

So to recover the loader (BCD) configuration, you have to boot from the original installation Windows 8 DVD (or a recovery disk or a special EFI bootable flash drive) and open the command line choosing System Restore – > Troubleshoot-> Command Prompt or pressing Shift+F10).

 

Start diskpart:

diskpart

Display the list of disks in the system:

list disk

Select the disk with Windows 8 installed (if there is one disk in the system, it will have zero index):

sel disk 0

Display the list of volumes in the system:

list vol

In this example, you can see that the EFI volume (it can easily be recognized by its size of 100 MB and FAT32 file system) has the index volume 1, and the boot volume with Windows 8 installed is volume 3.
Assign any disk letter to the EFI volume:

select volume 1
assign letter K:

Close diskpart:

exit

Go to the bootloader directory in the hidden volume

cd /d k:\efi\microsoft\boot\

Recreate the boot sector on the boot partition

bootrec /fixboot

Delete the current BCD configuration file by renaming it (save the older configuration as a backup):

ren BCD BCD.bak

With bcdboot.exe, create BCD store again by copying the boot files from the system directory:

bcdboot C:\Windows /l en-us /s k: /f ALL

where C:\Windows – is the path to the directory with Windows 8 installed.

  • /f ALL – means that the boot files have to be copied including those for UEFI and BIOS computers (potential ability to boot in EFI and BIOS systems)
  • /l en-us – is a type of the system locale. By default, en-us – English (USA) is used.

Now you have to restart your computer. Then in the list of bootable devices there appears Windows Boot Manager where you can choose desired operating system to start.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Windows Server 2008 Security Considerations

clock November 14, 2016 08:55 by author Dan

According to searchwindowsserver.techtarget website, Many strides were taken to make Windows Server 2008 a more secure operating system than its predecessors. This section takes a look at some of these enhancements, and provides advice on how admins can further harden there servers in certain areas.

Network Access Protection: Should you care?
While NAP might not be as flashy as some of Windows Server 2008's other new features, admins shouldn't overlook the security benefits it has to offer. This article breaks down how NAP works in the operating system.

Simple NAP Implementation

The installation process for Network Access Protection with Windows 2008 is easier than you think. Learn the basics of implementing NAP in your environment.

Security concerns with Server Core
Some of the lost functionality that goes with Server Core installations can make the OS a bit more difficult to properly secure. Follow these steps to ensure peak security when running Server Core, with advice on anti-malware, patching and command-line tools.

Windows PowerShell: A backdoor to malware?
One of the key benefits of Windows Server 2008 is that is comes with Windows PowerShell built in. However, if configured incorrectly this boon can quickly become a security liability. This tip explains how to avoid turning PowerShell into an entry point for malware.

Security in Windows Server 2008 R2
Security is often a top concern for admins moving to a new or updated operating system. Find out how Windows Server 2008 R2 beefs up protection.

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Windows hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to setup a Node.JS development environment on Windows

clock November 14, 2016 07:10 by author Armend

How to setup a node.js development environment on Windows

It’s easy to install node.js on Windows, just go to node.js official site and download Windows installer, then execute the installer. Congratulations!!! You successfully installed node.js on Windows!!!

 

Install mongoDB

Go to mongoDB official site to download zip file for Windows, and unzip the contents to anywhere you like. MongoDB will read data at \data\db by default, but mongoDB won’t create this folder for us, so we must create it by ourself, you can create this folder in Windows Explorer, or type the following command in terminal:

C:\> mkdir \data
C:\> mkdir \data\db

After creating \data\db, double click mongod.exe in your_mongodb_path\bin or type the following command in terminal to turn on mongoDB:

C:\> cd your_mongodb_path\bin
C:\> mongod

Then you can double click mongo.exe or type the following command in terminal to get into administrative shell´╝Ü

C:\> cd your_mongodb_path\bin
C:\> mongo

Congratulations!!! You’ve successfully installed node.js and mongoDB on Windows!!!

Update node.js

Go to node.js’s official site and download Windows installer, then execute the installer. Then your node.js is updated.

Update mongoDB

Go to mongoDB official site to download zip file for Windows, and use the files in new zip file, then you can start to use the latest mongoDB. If you have question about installng or using mongoDB, you can check the Windows Quick Start on mongoDB official site :)

Setup a node.js development environment on other OS

If you want to setup a node.js development environment on Mac OSX Lion or Ubuntu 11.04, you can take a look at:

  • How to setup a node.js development environment on Mac OSX Lion
  • How to setup a node.js development environment on Ubuntu 11.04.

npm commands and node.js basics

Now you have setup a clean node.js development environment. Let’s have a quick look at how to use npm and learn some basics of javascript and node.js.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Hidden Features In Windows RDP Allows Its Widespread Usability And Popularity

clock November 7, 2016 10:58 by author Dan

According to Sanjay Joshi (internet marketer) article, Remote desktop protocol in simple terms is a proprietary tool, which belongs to Microsoft and is also distributed by authorized partners. This protocol allows the user of Microsoft windows server to interact with another computer using the same graphics or operating system. It provides remote display and input capabilities across widespread network connections where the windows based applications are running on a server.

Multiple LAN protocols can be supported by the RDP instruments. Usually all the RDP works on and are based on ITU T.120 family of protocols. This protocol allows for separate virtual channels for carrying device communication and presentation data from the server. Also, these protocols are spread across encrypted servers and data.

The windows RDP is specialist of an extensible base and supports up to 64,000 separate channels for transmission of data. The rdp has the potential to use its own video driver to construct its own information pockets along the network and lets them pass to the client computers. It is because of the RDP that the commands from the mouse and keyboards reach the server which is read through the Microsoft windows graphics device interface.

The simplest formats of the windows RDP applicability are the enabling and disabling the color combinations and the wallpaper, through the TCP connection. It is the wide range of RDP features that has brought so many of enthusiasts to take advantage of remote desktop protocol.

Encryption is the most important and the top of the list feature. Due to the encryption over a secure communications across networks, many administrators are choosing the windows desktop protocol. The data can be reduced by the help of the RDP by data compression, persistent caching of bitmaps and fragments in RAM.

The lower cache provides a substantial lowering of the bandwidth at which the windows system can work. The ability to connect or disconnect from a remote device is a functionality that is possible and is perhaps the most attractive feature of the RDP. This is particularly advantageous when the sudden logging off occurs. Users have the advantage of deleting, copying and pasting text and graphics between applications running on the local or remote computers.

Applications running within a remote desktop can be printed on a printer that is fixed to the client computer. The remote desktop protocol has allowed the client device to develop new and augmented applications and new features can be added. With the help of remote desktop protocol, remote management of different computers is possible.

Sharing inputs and displaying graphics between two different remote desktops can be done which allows the support staff to diagnose and resolve a problem from a remote location. Lastly, the remote connection can be used to shed of the excessive load due to the networking. These are the features that can be implemented and taken advantage of by the use of RDP. Those clients, who are able to do this, can resolve a number of issues that pertain to the computer use. And all these without the need to be physically present near the computer.

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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: 10 Features in Windows Server 2016 sysadmins

clock November 7, 2016 06:55 by author Armend

The newest release of Microsoft’s server operating system, Windows Server 2016, hit general availability on September 26th, along with System Center 2016. We’ve been hearing about new and improved things coming in Windows Server 2016 for months, so you most probably know about the container support and the improved security and networking tools. Maybe you’ve even used some of them in the technology preview versions.
But in case you’ve been holding out for GA, or your working day consisting of endless tickets simply doesn’t allow you to find time to tryout betas and technology previews, we’ve prepared a closer look at the top 10 features in Windows Server 2016 that every sysadmin needs to know about.

 

Server footprints get even smaller with Nano

The next evolution of Server Core – Nano Server, is an even more thinned down version of Windows Server 2016. A Nano server must be managed remotely and can only run 64 bit applications, but it can be optimized for minimum resources, requires far less patching, restarts very quickly, and can perform a number of specific tasks very well with minimal hardware.
Good uses for Nano Server include IIS, DNS, F&P, application servers, and compute nodes. So if you liked Server Core, you will love Nano; and if you never really understood Server Core, you should give Nano a chance, especially if patching and downtime are challenges in your 24×7 shop.

Improved server management with PowerShell 5.0

Windows Server 2016 comes with PowerShell 5.0, a part of the Windows Management Framework 5.0.
including support for developing your own classes, or a new module called PackageManagement, which lets you discover and install software packages on the Internet.
The Workflow debugger now supports command or tab completion, and you can debug nested workflow functions. To enter it in a running script you can now press Ctrl+Break, in both local and remote sessions, and also in a workflow script. And PS5 now runs in Nano server directly, so administration of this lightweight server platform is made even simpler.

Versatile container support for enhanced density

Windows Server 2016 offers two kinds of containers to improve process isolation, performance, security, and scalability. Windows Server Containers can be used to isolate applications with a dedicated process and a namespace, while Hyper-V Containers appear to be entire machines optimized for the application.
Windows Server Containers share a kernel with the host, while Hyper-V Containers have their own kernel, and both enable you to get more out of your physical hardware investments. On top of this, Microsoft announced that all Windows Server 2016 customers will get the Commercially Supported Docker Engine for no additional cost, enabling applications delivered through Docker containers to run on Windows Server on-premise installations or in the cloud, on Azure.

More secure identity management

WS2016 brings some huge improvements to Active Directory, security, and identity management, such as Privileged Access Management (PAM), restricting privileged access within an existing Active Directory environment. In this model you have a bastion forest, sometimes called a red forest, that is where administrative accounts live and which can be heavily isolated to ensure it remains secure. Just-in-Time administration, privileged access request workflows, and improved audition are all included, and best of all – you don’t have to replace all of your DCs to take advantage of this.

Simplified administrative work

“Just Enough Administration” is a new capability in Windows Server 2016 that enables administrators to delegate anything that can be managed through PowerShell. Do you have a developer who needs to be able to bounce services or restart app pools on a server, but not log on or make any other changes? With JEA you can give him or her exactly those abilities, and nothing more. Of course, you may have to write some PS1s to let them actually do that, but the point is that now you can.

Improved HA remote desktop management

Customers who want to set up highly-available RDS environments, but not go to the trouble and expense of setting up HA SQL, can now use an Azure SQL DB for their Remote Desktop Connection Broker, making it both easier and less expensive to set up a resilient virtual desktop environment.
The RD Connection Broker can now handle massively concurrent connection situations, commonly known as the “log on storm”, and it has been tested to handle more than 10k concurrent connection requests without failures.

Software-defined storage for easier management

Software-defined storage enables you to create HA data storage infrastructures that can easily scale out, without breaking the bank. With software defined storage, even SMBs can start to take advantage of high availability storage with the existing budgets.
Three new features take over the stage: Storage Spaces Direct enables you to combine commodity hardware with availability software, providing performance for virtual machines, Storage Replica replicates data at the volume level in either synchronous or asynchronous modes, while Storage QoS guards against poor performance in a multitenant environment.

Time slips into more accuracy

If you have set up an NTP server on your network, or subscribed to NTP services from an NTP pool, you know how important accurate time can be. Typically, Windows environments were less worried about accurate time, and more concerned with a consensus of time, with a five-minute drift being acceptable.
Now in Windows Server 2016, the new time service can support up to a 1ms accuracy, which should be enough to meet almost all needs – if you need more accuracy than that, you probably own your own atomic clock.

Connection flexibility with software-defined networking

Immensely valuable in a virtualization environment, software-defined networking enables administrators to set up networking in their Hyper-V environment similar to what they can in Azure, including virtual LANs, routing, software firewalls, and more.
You can also do virtual routing and mirroring, so you can enable security devices to view traffic without expensive taps.

Boosted security

There are so many security improvements in Windows Server 2016 that we could do an entire post just on that, which, as a matter of fact, we will in the coming weeks. For now, be aware that WS2016 includes improvements to protect user credentials with Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard, and to protect the operating system with Code Integrity, with a whole host of improvements with virtual machines, new antimalware capabilities in Windows Defender, and much more.

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