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How to optimize Umbraco 8 performance

Learn how to optimize a site running Umbraco 8 with a Microsoft SQL Server database back-end.

Out of the box, Umbraco is a well built and pretty fast content management system. However, it is important you perform some steps to further optimize Umbraco’s performance and loading speed. Here on Sysadmins of the North, I wrote about 11+ tips to optimize Umbraco 7 CMS earlier, and in this post I write about implementing them in Umbraco 8.

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Block brute force attacks on SQL Server, block IP addresses in Windows Firewall using PowerShell

This PowerShell solution blocks IP addresses that are trying to brute force your SQL Server logins, by blocking IP addresses in Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security. For the time being, some manual labor is involved, but it is still manageable. You can use this to create your own solution to block offending IP addresses in SQL Server’s firewall.

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Manually failover all databases in an SQL Server Database Mirroring configuration

How to manually failover an SQL Server database mirroring session?

How to manual failover mirrored SQL Server databases using Transact-SQL (T-SQL) in SQL Server 2017+. This can only be initiated from the principal server, and the mirrored database must be synchronized (that is, when the database is in the SYNCHRONIZED state). In this article I’ll show you how to force a failover.

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ASP and ASP.NET connection string examples for Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL

A connection string is sometimes a bit obscure. Do I need ODBC or OLE DB? When you need one and Google for it, you often find old ones that either don’t work at all anymore, or are not optimal. This article provides you with a couple of ASP.NET to SQL Server connection string examples, and as a bonus for ASP to MySQL too.

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How to install Microsoft’s SQL Server Driver for PHP

In this article I’ll show you how to install the Microsoft SQL Server Driver for PHP 7+. This makes the use of an SQL Server database back-end for your PHP website easy. If you want to communicatie with SQL Server using PHP you need to rely on some additional software and PHP extensions. This post walks you through the steps necessary to install the SQL Server driver and SQLSRV extension for PHP 7+, on Windows Server IIS of course.

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Configure SQLServer sessionState for Umbraco

Configure Umbraco for SQLServer sessionState storage, for your sessions. This post explains how to prepare your Umbraco website for a high performance web garden or web farm, and load balancing environments: Store your ASP.NET / Umbraco sessions out-of-process (OutProc). As opposed to the default in-process (inProc) sessions, where sessions are saved in the worker process.

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Connect to SqlCe (SQL Server Compact) database from ASP

Connect to SQL Server Compacy (SqlCe) database with ASP. Here is how to install the Microsoft.SQLSERVER.CE.OLEDB.4.0 Provider and use classic ASP to connect to an SqlCe (SQL Server Compact) database sdf file, as a Microsoft Access database replacement. For Windows Server IIS. SQL Server Compact (SqlCe), the embedded database engine, is the default database for Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and WebMatrix 3. This means, it’s recommended to use SqlCe over Access nowadays.

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Connect to MS SQL Server with PHP 5.3+

Connect to an SQL Server database with PHP 5.3+ using the SQLSRV API and sqlsrv_connect. As of PHP 5.3.2 you have to use the SQLSRV API functions to connect to an MS SQL Server database from PHP. For example, use sqlsrv_connect() to create a connection resource and open a connection. The main difference with the older mssql functions of PHP is that SQLSRV requires an Array() with connection information, instead of strings.

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