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WordPress 3.5 on IIS 8.0 is unable to save a web.config file

This website Saotn.org is hosted on Windows Server 2012 with IIS 8.0 with WordPress for a few months now, and everything is running very smooth. And I would never hit this bug because I don’t need to change my permalinks structure, or save any other plugin setting which would want write to a web.config file. One of my colleagues on the other hand, just moved his website to one of our IIS 8.0 web servers and he noticed he couldn’t save his Permalinks structure in the IIS web.config file. This can be pretty annoying 😉 Quick fix attached…

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Create your own PHP based Origin Pull CDN

The advantage of having your website content hosted on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is having your content distributed and stored across the Globe. Utilizing the network of the Content Delivery Network provider. Hosting your WordPress website on a Content Delivery Network is an important WordPress optimization tip. Here is how to create your own Origin Pull CDN with just a few lines of PHP…

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Convert .htaccess to web.config

This post describes some of the IIS URL Rewrite equivalents of commonly used Apache .htaccess settings. This is useful when you want to convert your .htaccess to web.config. The second part of this post outlines how to use Internet Information Services Manager to import and convert .htaccess to web.config.

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PHP with WinCache on IIS

In this article you’ll learn how to install PHP with Windows Cache Extension (WinCache) on Windows Server IIS. WinCache enabled PHP gives a great PHP performance boost for WordPress, Drupal or Joomla websites, and decreases CPU usage. This post will show you it’s not hard to set up a high performing PHP stack on Windows Server (IIS). And as a bonus, we’ll dive a bit into Windows TCP/IP tuning too. Learn how this very blog optimized it’s PHP hosting on Windows!

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Remove ETags HTTP response header in IIS

Yahoo! YSlow recommends removing Entity tags – also known as ETag. Unfortunately removing the ETag response header is not an easy task on Windows Server IIS web servers. Here I show you how to properly remove ETag HTTP response headers with an Outbound rewrite rule…

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"The length of the URL for this request exceeds the configured maxUrlLength value"

The length of the URL for this request exceeds the configured maxUrlLength value is an IIS error telling you the length of the given URL exceeds a limit. The Windows Server IIS maximum URL length is defined by the HttpRuntimeSection.MaxUrlLength property. Its value is 260 characters. This may cause problems with longer than configured maxUrlLength URL’s, and here is how to resolve this issue…

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Multiple IIS 6.0/7.5 Vulnerabilities

Multiple vulnerabilities found in IIS 6.0 and 7.5 web servers. On the Full-Disclosure mailinglist Kingcope posted several IIS 6.0 and 7.5 bugs. Because I am a Windows Server and IIS admin, I took some time to test the various vulnerabilities …

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Microsoft Deployment Workbench: silent installation of various applications

Silently deploy applications through Windows Deployment Services (WDS) / Microsoft Deployment Workbench, or the command line. Sometimes you just can’t find the correct command parameter – or switch – for silent, unattended software installations. Unattended, silent installation of software is ideal in an automated deployment installation of Windows Server or Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 client computers, through Windows Deployment Services (WDS).

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How to use .htaccess files on Windows Server IIS

Learn how to use .htaccess in Windows Server IIS. In this post I’ll provide you with some useful .htaccess URL rewrite examples. URL rewrite examples that you can use on Window Server IIS for your website.

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Failed Request Tracing error LOG FILE MAX SIZE TRUNCATE

As you’ve probably read in my post AppCmd introduction and examples, AppCmd is a very extensive tool to administer Windows Server IIS hosting environments. Therefore, now a bit more about a common error message you might get using Failed Request Tracing: LOG_FILE_MAX_SIZE_TRUNCATE.

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PHP on IIS: No input file specified.

When you host your PHP website on Windows Server IIS, you may receive an “No input file specified” error message, when a HTTP request is made to non-existing .php files. When this happens you probably have no Request Restrictions configured in IIS’ PHP handler settings. Here is how to resolve the no input file specified error.

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7 Snippets to use .htaccess as a Web Application Firewall

.htaccess to secure your website

In this post I provide you with 7 .htaccess snippets to secure your website, by letting .htaccess act as a kind of Web Application Firewall (WAF). You can use this information to block out exploit- and rogue HTTP requests on your website.

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