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ASP.NET web application monitoring in Zabbix, part 2

When you host multiple websites in IIS, and you need to monitor them, Zabbix is one of your options. In Zabbix, you can take advantage of Windows Servers performance counters using perf_counter and perf_counter_en. In this article, I’ll show you some important Windows performance counters to monitor your ASP.NET web application in Zabbix.

AppCmd introduction and examples

AppCmd.exe is a command-line utility to manage Windows Server IIS 7+ web servers. The AppCmd command is your one-stop-shop for administering Windows Server IIS web servers. In combination with WinRM it’s your Swiss Army knife for your daily routine. This post introduces appcmd and provides you with a lot of helpful appcmd examples.

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS

In this post I provide you various HTTP to HTTPS redirection methods, for Windows Server IIS and Linux Apache. In web.config and .htaccess. Use these examples to your advantage to secure the traffic between your visitors and your website.

Redirect old URL to new URL or send 404 page with PHP

Redirect pages with PHP. If you’ve moved some old PHP pages, or URLs, to new pages and URLs, you can use the following PHP code snippet to easily redirect all visitors and incoming requests to the new location. This PHP code snippet uses a 301 Moved Permanently redirect, perfect for SEO.

Conditionally start Application Pools on remote IIS web servers

In my routine, I occasionally have to start multiple website application pools when they are in a stopped state. On more than one web server. Being a lazy system administrator, I find it too much work to log on every server. Therefore I start those application pools in a loop. A condition for me to start application pools is that the IIS ApplicationPool.AutoStart Property is set to true. This is because I set autostart to false when I disable hacked websites, and those application pools may not be started until all problems are resolved of course.

Check website availability with PHP and cURL

Perform a PHP cURL request to check if your website is up or not. Verify your website’s online status and availability using just PHP. This script comes in handy because website uptime and availability is important, and you want your website to be always online available. If your website is down, it’ll send you an email to notify you about downtime.

Send authenticated SMTP email over TLS from WordPress

How to configure TLS for SMTP email in WordPress. I was suprised WordPress is not able to send email using an SMTP server out-of-the-box. Not to mention using authenticated SMTP or TLS transport for security. A quick Google search showed me multiple plugins to handle this, but I wanted to create something myself. Here is how to override the wp-mail() function and send email using authenticated SMTP and StartTLS from WordPress.

8 Tips to improve Joomla performance

Speed-up Joomla with just a few config settings: 8 Tips to improve Joomla performance. Add caching, gzip compression, set your sessions & optimize MySQL database functions… Provide your visitors with a blazing fast Joomla website!

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