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Windows Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Reset Admin Password in Windows Server 2012 R2

clock August 1, 2016 19:59 by author Armend

How to Reset Admin Password in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 brings a host of new features that greatly enhance the functionality of the operating system. Many of these improvements expand on existing capabilities of Windows Server 2012.  The new product also benefits from having the capability of performing at a much higher level than previous servers and comes equipped with an integrated virtualization platform.

 

In this article I will tell you about how to reset Windows Server 2012 R2 lost admin password. The answer is not absolute. For example, if you have password reset disk or another administrator available, Windows server 2012 r2 lost admin password would be reset instantly.
Or if you have backup Windows system status with disk, such as Windows system restore disc, you could restore Windows server 2012 r2 to early system point.
Even though there are not anything available for recovering server 2012 r2 password, Windows system 2012 r2 installation disk and third-party recovery tool would help you too.

First, Windows system installation disk reset Windows server 2012 r2 admin password.
Preparation: a copy of Windows server 2012 r2 installation disk
The key step of resetting server 2012 r2 admin password with installation disk is to replace Utilman.exe.

  • Boot off Windows disk and select the "Repair your computer" option from the lower left-hand corner.
  • Get to the option to open the Command Prompt.
  • Type the following commands to back up the utilman.exe file:
  • MOVE C:WindowsSystem32Utilman.exe C:WindowsSystem32Utilman.exe.bak
  • Copy cmd.exe and rename it Utilman.exe.
  • COPY C:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe C:WindowsSystem32Utilman.exe
  • Now you can go ahead and reboot your machine. When it's done booting up again and you are at the Logon screen click on the Ease of access icon.
  • Now you have replaced Utilman.exe with cmd.exe.
  • Command Prompt opens, type following commands:
  • .net user administrator *

Once you press Enter, you will be asked to set a new password and then confirm it. When entering new one, don't worry if you can't see it, because it is invisible, however it has been remembered.
Once you're logged in again, don't forget to delete Utilman.exe and then rename Utilman.exe.bak back to plain old Utilman.exe.

Second, reset server 2012 r2 admin password with third-party Windows password genius.
Windows Password Genius has four versions available, standard, professional, and advanced and raid. And the raid version is special, because it works for raid server Windows domain or local admin password reset. The advanced is general version, working on both server and client computers.

So choose appropriate Windows password recovery version to burn a password reset disk and then recover Windows server administrator password.
Preparation: Windows Password Genius Advanced/Raid, available computer and bootable USB drive.

  • Install Windows Password Genius Raid, and run it on available computer.
  • Insert bootable USB drive into this available computer and choose USB, click "Begin burning" to create password reset disk with USB.
  • Exit USB device after it is successfully burned with password reset disk.
  • Plug USB into server 2012 r2 and boot server from USB.
  • Recovery tool program runs, and then choose Windows system - Windows serve 2012 r2, and select user account - administrator.
  • Click "Reset Password", the administrator would be set with new password "[email protected]".

At last, reboot server computer to finish Windows password reset. But remember to exit USB reset disk from server before your server computer boots from hard disk successfully.

Best Windows Server 2012 R2 Hosting Recommendation

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ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server 2008. We offers Windows hosting starts from $5/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Windows server 2008 Hosting, we should be your best choice.

 



Windows Reseller Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: Best Practices windows cloud server security

clock April 27, 2016 20:57 by author Armend

More and more we are helping people get set up on  Windows cloud servers here at windows2008hosting.asphostportal.com .  While dedicated server solutions are the right choice for certain situations, clients are finding the benefits of cloud servers or, in many cases, a hybrid hosting solution to be the perfect fit for their hosting needs. With all this cloud talk, there are several technologies supported on Windows cloud servers that you may not have realized. These options can make the difference when configuring a cloud server solution that will best optimize your site or application.

 

Firewalls, VPN & SSL in the Cloud

The best practices of leveraging Virtual Private Networks (VPN), Secure Sockets Layers (SSL) and Firewalls to protect sensitive information on a Windows Cloud Server are recommend and also supported just as they would be with a physical dedicated server. If you’re unsure as to what any of these are and why they are necessary, the following will serve as a summary of each and their benefits.

What is VPN?

Virtual Private Networking is a secure and controlled method of connecting remote networks and users for the purpose of dealing with sensitive information. When using a VPN, all data is encrypted at the source, sent securely to the destination, then decrypted at the destination – assuring that only the previously approved source and destination people or systems can access the data. This is often a necessary element to incorporate in your hosting solution if you are an eCommerce company accessing sensitive back-end data like credit cards or orders, require PCI compliance, or simply need to securely work with remote clients or coworkers regarding sensitive information. A VPN connection allows you to guarantee identity through point-to-point connections and user authentication. While Windows cloud servers are virtual, they retain all the same VPN encrypting capabilities as a dedicated server, giving you complete control over security and privacy of your data. (For more information on Virtual Private Networking.

What is an SSL Connection?

The Secure Socket Layer protocol (SSL) ensures secure transactions between Windows cloud servers and browsers. This is particularly important anytime sensitive information must be transmitted over the open Internet. For example, any sign-up process where personal information is needed, (credit card information, personal data, etc.) would justify use of an SSL connection. You can recognize the use of an SSL connection when you see an “S” included in the URL (https://).
While the technical breakdown of an SSL can be somewhat complicated, it’s important to understand the basic concept of an SSL connection and how important it is inmaintaining security with sensitive information.

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a security solution designed to only allow safe and trusted connections to whatever it is set to protect. It does this by identifying several pieces of information for all incoming connections, thus blocking access to any unfamiliar or unauthorized sources looking to access that data. The difference between a firewall and an SSL connection is that SSL is used to ensure your sensitive information can be securely sent from a webpage to a server, while a firewall is designed to control direct access to the cloud server itself. A firewall can be used to lock down ports and allow only certain information to be accessible, while keeping other information secure.

Firewall in a Windows Cloud Server

In order to set up a firewall in a Windows cloud server configuration, various steps must be taken to optimize the firewall for the cloud – but depending on your hosting provider, these steps will be covered for you. Once these steps are taken, it is no different than a firewall configured for a dedicated physical server.
Note: In addition to base intrusion detection and firewall protection offered at our network core, our Windows Cloud Servers come with free built-in Windows Firewall service that can be used to lock down ports and restrict access with a focus on the specific needs of your server – assuring that only the ports needed are opened and only available to the users or systems that need the sensitive access.

Cloud Server Security Best Practices

The above security steps are important in and of themselves, but they also serve as a baseline for achieving PCI Compliance, something in which we at ASPHostPortal.com are well versed. So, whether you’re looking to sure up your security as a best practice, or find yourself needing to implement the above steps in accordance with the PCI Security Standard Council, Windows cloud server hosting offers all the tools available on a dedicated server configuration, but often with several added benefits.

Best Windows Server 2008 Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server 2008. We offers Windows hosting starts from $5/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Windows server 2008 Hosting, we should be your best choice.



Windows Reseller Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Choose Shared Web Hosting Service?

clock April 25, 2016 20:43 by author Armend

How to Choose Shared Web Hosting Service?

Shared web hosting is the most popular hosting solution for launching websites over the Internet. To help you pick a good option, we have introduced the most important aspects that should be considered when choosing web hosting service, including hosting features, customer service, cancellation policy, free marketing credits, and price. These are transparent checkpoints that you can evaluate a web host by yourself easily before signing up.

 

What Is Shared Web Hosting?

In order to have your business more visible for billions of internet users, you need to rent a web server which has fast connection to Internet and allows people to read your information. There are many options for hosting your websites. Usually the reasonable solutions are dedicated server, virtual private server, cloud hosting, and shared web hosting. If you're new to the internet or the estimated daily traffic of the website in the coming year is less than 800 page views or 300 unique visits, the shared web hosting shall be the best choice.

Shared web hosting means that the hosting company sells a dedicated server to thousands of customers. All of these customers share the server resources with each other. Each customer's data and files are protected to be invisible to others hosted with the shared server by some software or technology. Each customer has the complete access to the hosting account and shall be allocated with appropriate system resources.
What Is Shared Web Hosting The shared web hosting provider is responsible for the server maintenance, including both hardware and software.

  • Hardware: upgrade CPU, add memory, replace hard disk, setup backup system such as RAID 0/1/5, network routing and internet connection.
  • Software: upgrade OS or hosting solution software, install security patch, manage firewall, etc.

Meanwhile, as a customer, you have a web based control panel to manage your websites and services. You can view your website uptime or traffic statistics, exception logs, email accounts, and installation of applications. Most of companies don't help you maintain your website as the part of the hosting package unless you pay the additional money which may be more expensive than the hosting service itself.

Why Choose Shared Web Hosting?

Right Expectation on Customer Service For Shared Web Hosting Absolutely, it's the most budget and affordable web hosting solution that can promote your websites over the Internet. Generally, a good shared web hosting works flexibly for websites with less than 800 daily page views.
Another reason is that you don't need to take time maintaining the web server by yourself or hiring IT professionals. The hosting provider takes all of the work. Even some excellent providers perform data backups daily or weekly.

How to Choose Shared Web Hosting?

Pricing & Features

How to Choose Shared Web Hosting The reasonable price of shared web hosting is between $4 and $8 a month. This is the best range that well balances your cost and the web hosting service. It is suspected that some web hosts offer cheap web hosting under $3/month. In that case, it's highly possible that they cut off the customer service or oversell the server.
The best features of a web hosting are the things you require to launch your websites. So what you need to do is to create a list of features on what you need today and tomorrow, and check whether these are included by the hosting plan.

Reliability & Downtime Frequency

Reliability correlates to downtime. The downtime here doesn't mean 5 or 10 minutes down for server maintenance or scheduled operation. As I known, almost all web hosts have been hacked/attacked, down by hardware, or broken by OS/software upgrade. The key is the frequency and how they deal with the problem.
Right Expectation on Customer Service For Shared Web Hosting Basically, have one or twice downtime in a year is reasonable for web hosting in my opinion, not only shared web hosting, but also VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting. The reliability is determined by hardware, software and human maintenance.
As running a computer on hand, no one can guarantee there is no downtime caused by the damage of CPU, memory, motherboard or other hardware. How you can expect a server running for 24/7/365 with high working load without any problems.

Meanwhile, the system holes exist anywhere at all the time, so the hacks and attacks are endless. The FBI site had been hacked before, how you can think the web hosting is 100% secure perfectly.
What's more, most web hosts guarantee more than 99.9% uptime. To be frank, this number is extremely high. As we monitored dozens of web hosts , ASPHostPortal.com is the only host that completely provides such a reliable solution consistently. Read the uptime in the past 30 days below,



ASP.NET Hosting - ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Rank the Windows Hosting

clock April 19, 2016 20:01 by author Armend

How to Rank the Windows Hosting

To choose the really reliable Windows hosting, we follow the below guidelines.

#Operation System

The web hosting based on Windows server 2012 edition is ranked higher than the previous editions. Windows server 2012 has better performance, better stability, less consumption of system resources and high security. And it supports the best web server IIS 8.0 in Windows platform so far, which integrates with the ASP.NET pipeline much better than IIS 8.5/7.0

 

#Database System

ASP.NET applications work better with MSSQL than MySQL or PostgreSQL database. And the Windows web hosting supported MSSQL 2008 R2 gets a higher grade than MSSQL2005 and MSSQL2000. Feature and benefits in MSSQL2008 are better than the previous version of MSSQL, such as encrypt to enhance security, data compression to save disk space, parallel computing to accelerate speed, less consumption of system resource, and so on.

#DotNET Framework

The Windows hosting with support to multiple .NET framework versions especially .NET Framework V4 has a higher score in the ranking. The more versions supported the less compatible problems you may encounter, which also provides you more scalability to upgrade the websites later.

#Control Panel

Plesk is ranked as the No.1 control panel for Windows web hosting, and DotNETPanel, H-Sphere and other types have its advantage and disadvantage. We graded these types of control panels with different scores.

#Reliability

Reliability is the factor must be considered. It is evaluated by different criteria, we list these indicators below.

  • Uptime
  • Pre-install anti-virus software
  • Pre-install firewall
  • Network
  • Stable Datacenter

The best Windows web hosting listed above are ranked on these criteria, and all the 3 best windows web hosting truly meet the highest standards, which can powerful enough to run your website.

Pros and Cons of Windows Web Hosting

In fact, the Windows hosting solution is not as popular as the Linux hosting service. To give you a better understanding about this hosting type, we have listed some strong points and weak points of Windows web hosting.

The Strong Points

If your web host is a reliable and quality hosting provider, this hosting type can even achieve a more stable running than the normal Linux hosting solution.
It is surely multilingual that supports multiple scripting languages we have covered nowadays.
This hosting type is surely easy-to-use due to the immense popularity of Microsoft technologies. With it, there is no need to for you run the command line.
If you do not have enough experiences and knowledge of hosting, this type of hosting solution is arguably easier for you for the management tasks.

The Weak Points

Windows hosting is surely expensive. After all, the system of Windows is not free to use, but requires you to pay for the license fee. In addition, Windows can only be got from the official site or a few appointed agents, so there are almost no chances for you to get some lower charges or the attractive promotional campaign.
If you want to install some PHP based plugins, extensions and modules, the Windows hosting may fail to work well due to the compatibility issue.
Generally, PHP cannot work effectively with IIS as compared with Apache. For webmasters who are running a PHP based application, the 500 error might occur constantly.
Your web hosts may give you little flexibility for customizing and configuring your web servers.
If you want to use WordPress to set up and control your website, the Windows hosting service may fail to ensure you a good experience.



Windows 2012 Hosting with Free ASP.NET :: Simple Tips to Help Diagnose and Prevent Windows Server Crashes

clock April 16, 2015 06:04 by author Mark

Simple Tips to Help Diagnose and Prevent Windows Server Crashes

In an enterprise setting, server failures are never an issue to be taken lightly. Since servers are the backbone of most modern operations, being able to pinpoint the cause of errors rapidly is an essential skill for any Windows server administrator. Fortunately by following a few simple steps you can easily pinpoint the cause of most Windows Server errors.

Best Practice Analysis Automation

In Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has included a tool known as the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA). BPA is an automated scanner which when run will check your server to ensure that it is configured for optimal performance, reliability and maximum security. While this tool is not a substitute for keeping atop of Windows Server trends, BPA helps to ensure that the most commonly exploited violations are blocked on your servers.

Proactive Actions to Simplify Troubleshooting

Enable Kernel Crash Dumps

One of the most important debugging tools within Windows is the kernel crash dump file. This file typically contains all the information necessary to pinpoint the cause of a server issue. Unfortunately this feature isn’t configured by default, making it crucial that you enable this feature before experiencing issues.
To enable this feature, follow the steps below:

  • Go into:  Control Panel > System and Security > System.
  • Click Advanced system settings.
  • Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings
  • In the box that pops up, under Write Debugging Information you can specify the location for the crash dump file
    • Additionally you can have crashes added to the Windows Event Log, and you can also trigger a restart automatically upon a crash

Enable Keyboard Crash Dump Commands

After configuring the Windows crash dump settings, you will need to setup Windows to enable your keyboard to cause a system crash.
With PS/2 keyboards, you must take the following steps:

  • In the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters, create a value named CrashOnCtrlScroll
  • Set it equal to a REG_DWORD value of 0x01.
  • Restart your system

With USB keyboards, you must take the following steps:

  • In the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\kbdhid\Parameters, create a value named CrashOnCtrlScroll
  • Set it equal to a REG_DWORD value of 0x01
  • Restart your system

Windows Debugging Tools

To help with common issues that might come up as a server administrator Microsoft has released multiple debugging tools to make the job easier.

Sysinternals Suite

The Sysinternals suite is like a Swiss Army knife for your troubleshooting efforts. This collection of seventy tools maintained by Microsoft ensures that you can easily pinpoint the source of virtually any error and take action accordingly. While this suite is best installed on a thumb drive to be used when errors occur, you can also load this suite on your servers early on as a proactive measure.

While there are many tools within the suite, there are a couple which you should keep on mind;

  • Disckmon – this tool monitors, logs and displays all hard disk activity on a Windows system. By using this tool, you can better pinpoint errors which might be caused by pending hard disk failures.
  • Procdump – this tool allows you to monitor applications for CPU spikes and generating crash dumps during a spike. Additionally the tool can serve as a general dump utility which can be included in other scripts. By using this tool, you can greatly expedite the process of diagnosing troublesome applications and figuring out where to start debugging efforts.
  • TCPView – this tool allows you to view detailed listings of all TCP and UDP endpoints on your system. By using TCPView, you can pinpoint server issues to specific ports, allowing you to more in-depth action accordingly.

Windows Memory Diagnostics

Since RAM is one of the most used components of any server, many system failures often are due to memory-related matters. While typical memory issues involve applications using too much resources, or a process running out of control, failing hardware also can be responsible for system crashes. Fortunately you can easily diagnose potential memory trouble spots by using the Windows Memory Diagnostics tool built into most modern Windows Server editions.

  • To use this tool, simply open the command prompt and use the following command C:\mdsched
  • From there, you should follow the prompts to complete the diagnostic process.

The Importance of Backups

Even with the best tools and skills, occasionally a professional will encounter an issue which is beyond repair. When situations such as these occur, having a solid backup system always pays off. Although there are many backup tools on the market, Windows has a backup tool built in which can be used to protect yourself from even the worst disasters.
For details on implementing Windows Backup in windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft has documentation here.

Clustering as a way to Mitigate Risks

Server clustering is the process of having a group of independent servers working together as a single system to deliver more reliability to your users. Such arrangements are designed to protect against the following types of failure:

  • Applications and service failures which can affect software and essential services
  • System and hardware failures which can affect low level server components
  • Site failures in multisite organizations  which can be caused by natural disasters and other significant situations
  • By using clustering, you can ensure that when disaster strikes, your systems can continue operating instantly by shifting responsibility from the failed systems to the functional ones.

Conclusion

Although there are many variables which impact the reliability of your Windows servers, by focusing on proactive actions to mitigate damage you can avoid the difficulties of troubleshooting server issues. Even with the best precautions however, failures still occur, which is why you should familiarize yourself in advance with the technologies Windows provides to make the debugging process much easier.

Best Windows Server 2012 Hosting Recommendation

ASPHostPortal.com

ASPHostPortal.com provides our customers with Plesk Panel, one of the most popular and stable control panels for Windows hosting, as free. You could also see the latest .NET framework, a crazy amount of functionality as well as Large disk space, bandwidth, MSSQL databases and more. All those give people the convenience to build up a powerful site in Windows server 2012. We offers Windows hosting starts from $5/month only. We also guarantees 30 days money back and guarantee 99.9% uptime. If you need a reliable affordable Windows server 2012 Hosting, we should be your best choice.



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