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Windows 2008 Hosting with Free ASP.NET :: 3 Tips Best Practices windows cloud server security

clock April 21, 2015 06:27 by author Mark

Windows Cloud Server Security: 3 Useful Best Practices

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, get our free download: Introduction to 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 in
maintaining 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.

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Windows 2012 Hosting with ASPHostPortal.com :: The Best New Feature in Windows 10

clock April 9, 2015 06:30 by author Mark

Microsoft just announced that the upcoming Windows 9 will, in fact, be called Windows 10. Crazy days. So let's pull out 10 of the very best new features from Microsoft's upcoming Windows XP killer.
The Windows 10 release date is slated for "mid-next year" as we previously estimated. There was no confirmation as per the rumour that Windows 9 might end up being free. Starting tomorrow Microsoft will start distributing a Technical Preview build of Windows 10 via the Windows Insider Program.

1. There's loads of stuff for touch, but it's different stuff


Designed to appeal to experts and novices alike, Microsoft was at pains to point out that it hasn't given up on touch with the new OS. The Charms bar remains for the moment although we expect it to die if you're using a non-touch PC (check out Continum below).
Microsoft says it wants to support touch users who have persevered with Windows 8 and "evolve" the touch UI. (Translated: That means it is changing quite a bit.) The task switching will no longer work on the left. So with that and the charms going, that's goodbye to most of the problem with Windows 8 - and a whole philosophy down the pan.
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said at the preview: "We want Windows 7 users to feel like they upgraded from a [Toyota] Prius to a Tesla, but they don't need to learn a new way to drive."

2. It's BACK!


As we've covered before, the e most noticeable change is the new Start Menu, which looks somewhat like the old start menu. It brings some features from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen, such as live tiles, and can be resized.

3. Another new Task View (the Windows 8 flippy thing has gone)


 

Now the Windows 8 task switcher has been unceremoniously dumped, there's a new Task View in Windows 10, too, so users can switch between virtual desktops.That'sause Microsoft now recognises that novice users use the taskbar rather than switching in other, cleverer, ways such as Alt+Tab (which also now switches between desktops).

4. Snap Assist helps you snap windows


A new Snap Assist feature also helps users work out which way is best to snap apps to. You can snap windows into new screens and tile Windows - just as you've been able to since Windows 2.0 or maybe 3.0.

5. The Command Prompt enters the 21st Century

Another quite amazing feature for those of us that use it is that the command prompt is now getting keyboard shortcuts! So you will be able to paste in your commands! Hardly groundbreaking, but actually pretty exciting.

6. Improvements to Windows Explorer

A new Home location is the new default view in Windows Explorer. There's also a Share button on the Windows Explorer taskbar (we really hope this is in the context menu, too).

7. Continum - the special one


This is the best new thing we found out today. Continum is an on-the-fly mode for 2 in 1 devices that can automatically change mode if it detects there is suddenly no keyboard attached. So, for example, a back button appears to help you navigate the Desktop with touch if the keyboard is removed. We reckon the charms will also disappear in non-touch mode, although we've heard conflicting news about that.

8. Windows 10 Universal apps


Windows 10 will also usher in a new app model - Universal Windows apps. Windows Universal apps are the new name for Metro apps/Modern apps/Windows Store apps. Take your pick on those old monikers, they've got a new one! Presumably (although we don't know as yet) that these will also work on Windows Phone. Windows 10 will be able to run on all devices from phones to servers and there will be a single app store across the lot.
All older Windows Store apps will work with Windows 10.

9. Modern (sorry, Universal) apps now float on the Desktop

The new Universal apps also work on the desktop and 'float' in their own Windows. Microsoft wants to banish the separation between the Modern UI and the Desktop.
These 'modern' apps on the desktop have a icon for more options - replacing the commands that used to be in the charms on the right-hand side of the screen.

10. Windows 10 has lots for Business and Enterprise

Microsoft says it hopes to appeal to business with this release of Windows, more so than Windows 8 ever did. Belfiore said they were "starting the dialogue with businesses today".
To be honest, it needs to - Windows XP is now ancient and unsupported, while precious other businesses want to make the leap away from Windows 7. But part of the reason why Microsoft is demonstrating the OS without all the consumer features is to show enterprises what the OS is capable of at this stage.
This version of Windows will have plenty of other features for enterprise, including a customised store and protection for corporate data. Mobile Device Management will be able to be used for all devices.

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Windows 2012 Hosting with ASPHostPortal.com :: How to Upgrade From Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

clock March 25, 2015 05:36 by author Mark

Hi guys today I will explains How to Upgrade From Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Ok let me to show you.

As we all know, Microsoft has introduced Windows 10 for its user, but it is still not finished and does not yet contain all the features that will make it more reliable and powerful for users. There is a question in everyone's mind of whether Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Microsoft users or will there be a charge. So people are waiting for it eagerly. We know that Windows 10 will run on a set of devices, these devices have various sizes of screens. I think the Windows 10 update might be free because Microsoft wants to make it the best platform or operating system for its users.

Upgrade Windows 8.1 into Windows 10

Step 1

The first step is to download Windows 10 from the link Windows 10 Setup. When you click on this link you will see a window with an option to get started as in the following picture.

Step 2

Here you will see a button Get started. When you click on this button then another window is opened just as in the picture. In this window you have a button named join now.

Step 3

When you have clicked on this join now button a window is opened. Here this window prompts for your Microsoft account to download Windows 10. So please enter your valid email id and the password to proceed further.

Step 4

After a successful login you will connect to a download link for Windows 10. Now download Windows 10 from here. When your download is complete save this setup in to the your DVD or in the USB. Insert your USB or DVD in which your setup is available in your system, when you insert it you will see a window like this. Now click on the run to do the setup.

When you have clicked on the run setup, your setup will be run and you will see a window like this.

Step 5

This preparing window will run from one percent to a hundred percent, it requires some time to complete. You will have a new window, that window is the license window, here are some rules and regulations related to Windows 10, simply click on the I accept the license term and click on the accept button, the window look like this:

When you click on the accept button you will see a new window. The name of this window is Getting Updates, it is just like the given picture. Getting Updates checks all the updates that are available in Windows 10 then proceeds further.

Step 6

When all the updates have been found successfully using Getting Updates, you will get a window with a message saying we're getting a few things ready. The window requires some time but then you will get a new window with a new message saying Making sure you're ready to install. This window will look like this.

When this window completes it will automatically show a new window. Here you will see a message saying What needs you attention. In that window you have an OK button. Just click on this button to proceed to the next steps.

Step 7

After performing the preceding procedure we will get a new window, in this window we will see a message ready to install, here click on the install button. This window is like the picture given below.

When you click on the install button your window will install and you will get a message as in following picture. This will also run from zero percent to a hundred percent so it also might require some time. One thing to note there is that during this process your PC will we restarted many times.

Step 8

When this installation goes to one hundred percent, your system will be restarted and then you will have new window with a Windows icon that will sho the setting up percentage, this percentage is also running from one to one hundred percent, this new window looks as in the following picture.

After completing the setting up process, a new process will start. Here the process name is Getting devices ready, the getting devices ready step checks the availability of hardware. This window looks as in the following picture. This process is also going on from one to one hundred percent.

After completing the getting device ready process a new window appears, Apply PC setting. This is also a percentage based process going from one percent to one hundred percent. After completing set up a few more things also must be done.

Step 9

Now your system will be restarted and then you will see a window. That window shows the settings. Here there are two options, one is to use express settings and another is to customize settings, here I use the express settings, the window looks like this.

After clicking on the use express settings we will see a window that asks for a Microsoft account. Here you have the option to use an old account or you can create a new account. Here I go with my old Microsoft account.

When we click on the create a new Microsoft account we will see this window.

Step 10

Now nearly everyting is done. After this your system will be restarted and you will see a window like this automatically. This window changes its color many times during the process. Here some apps are installed automatically that are available with Windows 10.

After completing this you will see the message Let's Start.

Step 11

This is the final step. Here you will see your Windows 10 Desktop. As you know, one new thing in Windows 10 is that now must use the Start menu in Windows 10. So here the Start menu is available for you. So finally you get the window like this.

Now you can enjoy Windows 10 on your PC.

Summary

As we know, Microsoft users have been waiting for Windows 10 very eagerly. In this article I provided the procedure for upgrading your Windows 8 to Windows 10. I hope this procedure will be helpful for those that want to upgrade their Windows 8 to Windows 10. One thing to note is that the upgrade is available only for one year after the final release of the the Windows 10. I hope this article will be useful for the readers.

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