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IIS 7.0 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

clock June 26, 2012 06:08 by author Jervis

Redirecting all traffic from HTTP to HTTPS in IIS7 will make sure your users always access the site securely. There are many different ways to set up an IIS7 Redirect from HTTP to HTTPS and some are better than others. The ideal HTTP to HTTPS redirect would do the following:

- Gently redirect users to HTTPS so users don’t have to type in “https” in the URL

- Redirect users to the specific page that they were going to go to on HTTP (page.htm)
- Save any variables passed in the query string (?page=2)
- Work in all browsers
- Transfer PageRank to the redirected page by using a 301 redirect, maintaining SEO
- Allow specific parts of a site to force SSL but allow HTTP on other parts of the site
- Redirect users from mydomain.com to www.mydomain.com

For me, this is two best method to redirecting HTTP to HTTPS in IIS 7.


Method 1 – Using Microsoft URL Rewrite Module

For this method of redirecting from HTTP to HTTPS, you will need to do the following;


1. Install the Microsoft URL Rewrite Module

2. Install your SSL certificate in IIS 7 and bind it to your website

3. Make sure Require SSL is NOT checked under SSL Settings for your website (uncheck the boxes that are checked in this screenshot)



4. Copy and paste the following code between the <rules> and </rules> tags in your web.config file in your website root directory.


<rule name="HTTP to HTTPS redirect" stopProcessing="true">

   <match url="(.*)" />
     <conditions>
       <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" ignoreCase="true" />
     </conditions>
   <action type="Redirect" redirectType="Found" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" />
 </rule>

5. Test the site by going to http://www.yoursite.com and making sure it redirects


Method 2 – Setting up a Custom Error Page


The second method of setting up an IIS7 redirect HTTP to HTTPS is to Require SSL on the site or part of the site and set up a custom 403.4 error page. To do this, just following these steps:


1. Install your SSL certificate in IIS 7 and bind it to your website


2. In IIS, click on the site name, and go to the SSL Settings section




3. Check
Require SSL and Require 128-bit SSL and click Apply.



4. After doing this, you will normally get this error:




5. Create a new text file and paste the following into it:


<html>

 <head><title>Redirecting...</title></head>
 <script language="JavaScript">
 function redirectHttpToHttps()
 {
     var httpURL= window.location.hostname + window.location.pathname + window.location.search;
     var httpsURL= "https://" + httpURL;
     window.location = httpsURL;
 }
 redirectHttpToHttps();
 </script>
 <body>
 </body>
 </html>

6. Save the file as
redirectToHttps.htm in your C:\Inetpub directory

7. Back in IIS, click on the site name and double-click the
Error Pages option



8. Click
Add… and enter 403.4 as the Status code. Browse for the redirectToHttps.htm file you just created and click OK



9. Select the error code and press
Edit Feature Settings



10. Click the
Custom error pages option and again browse for the redirectToHttps.htm file



11. Test the site by going to http://www.yoursite.com and making sure it redirects


A caveat of using a custom error page to do an IIS7 redirect from HTTP to HTTPS is that the web browser must have JavaScript enabled for the redirection to work.


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:


-
DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



Silverlight 5 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Debug XAML Bindings in Silverlight 5

clock June 13, 2012 08:55 by author Jervis

The example demonstrated here implements basic XAML data binding. Below we have specified both the scenario when binding is correct and incorrect.

In below example we have given a simple binding for DataGrid.


When Binding is Correct:




Now you can apply a breakpoint to the binding syntax. Once the break point is applied, it hits the breakpoint whenever push and pull is triggered for that control. The below image shows the breakpoint applied within XAML




The XAML editor will not allow you to set breakpoint anywhere else other than Binding syntax.

Once Breakpoint is set, start debugging and wait for the compiler to hit the breakpoint.



You can find the debug information from Local tab.




The information shows up a BindingState object holding complete binding context information of the control. As in the above image, the BindingState value is UpdatingTarget so this way it shows that the binding is pushing data to control.


Going through the debugging information, it shows the complete picture on the nature of data and binding




Now another thing to know is, on TwoWay binding scenario once you change the data, The breakpoint again gets a hit as the binding source is getting updated. And the debug information shows the Binding state as Updating Source status. The breakpoint again gets a hit as the binding source is getting updated. And the debug information shows the Binding state as Updating Source status.




When Binding is Incorrect:


When binding is incorrect you will get the error while debugging the binding.




This will help you to find the incorrect bindings in your XAML.

Hope this helps you to get acquainted with the new feature of Silverlight 5

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what
ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.



SQL 2012 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: Restore Database Enhancements in SQL 2012

clock June 11, 2012 08:46 by author Jervis

In SQL 2012, Microsoft has introduced some nice restore database enhancements.
The major enhancements are:


1. Point-in-time restore has now a visual timeline that allows you to quickly select the target time and perform your restore.

2. Page Restore worked already in SQL 2008 (R2) and SQL 2005 but it has now a nice user interface. It allows you to check your database for corrupt pages and restore them from a good backup file.


In this blog, I’ll give you an overview how to use these 2 new features.

Point-in-time restore

In the Object Browser of your SSMS, right click on Databases and select “Restore Database”

In this example, I will perform a restore of the Adventureworks2008R2 database. I selected Device to get my backup files. Just press the […] button



In the locate backup file window, I select all the backup files (Full backups and Transaction Logs) that have been made. To create the backups, I just created a simple Maintenance Plan.

Click on OK.



Now all the backup sets are in the list (this is not new…). As you can see, there is a new button called “Timeline”. Click on it to open the timeline interface.




Now, you can choose to restore to the last backup taken or choose a specific date and time. With the timeline, you can scroll to the restore time that you want. On the timeline you can also see what types of backups will be used to perform the restore. Once you selected the correct time, just press the OK button.




Now press OK again, to start your restore. A restore plan is automatically generated and your database is restored till the requested time.






Page Restore

To perform a page restore,I first need to have a corrupt database and you also need to have a GOOD backup file,which means, without the corrupt page.
As you can see below, I did a DBCC checkdb and my database is indeed corrupt.



Let’s fix this database!

Right click on your DB, select Tasks – Restore – Page



In the Restore Page window, the database is selected and the Pages grid is automatically showing the damaged pages. You can also run DBCC CHECKDB, by clicking on the button “Check Database Pages”, to find out if there are more damaged pages in the database. You also need to set the location for the Tail-Log backup file. The Backup sets grid shows you all the backups that can be used to fix your pages.






Just click on the OK button to start the page restore




When I check my database again with DBCC CHECKDB I see that the damaged page has been fixed




I think those 2 new features will make the life of the DBA just a little bit easier


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what
ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:

- DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.

 



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