Resolving IIS WMSVC Underlying Connection Was Closed

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Dec 082018
 
Resolving IIS WMSVC Underlying Connection Was Closed

IIS Manager Remote Administration is a handy tool for for a web server administrator when you have multiple servers to manage. This feature will save you the trouble of having to Remote Desktop into each server every time you need to touch IIS. With IIS Manager Remote Administration you can login to one server for […]

Securing SmarterMail in 10 Steps

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Dec 012018
 
Securing SmarterMail in 10 Steps

You may not be familiar with SmarterMail from Smatertools.com but it is an enterprise class Windows based mail server. It has a powerful web based management GUI and the company regularly releases version updates containing bug fixes and new features.  However, in my opinion one of the most compelling reasons to try SmarterMail is that […]

MX Guarddog – Unparalleled Free Spam Filtering

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Nov 112018
 
MX Guarddog - Unparalleled Free Spam Filtering

According to the  IBM Threat Intelligence Index Spam email volume continues to rise every year as does the threat from sophisticated phishing emails or seemingly innocuous messages with malicious attachments. You may never have heard of MX Guarddog but they have been providing “best in class” email security solutions since 2006. In my opinion the […]

Using Asp.Net to Process NDR Emails

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Dec 172017
 
Using Asp.Net to Process NDR Emails

If you’ve ever managed a mailing list or sent out an announcement to a distribution group then you have inevitably experienced non-delivery report (NDR) floods. These messages indicate delivery problems for your some of your recipients. In most cases the delivery issues are straight forward such as the mailbox no longer being valid. Investing time […]

Using Asp.net to Remove Spam And Keep Good Mail

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Nov 142017
 
Using Asp.net to Remove Spam And Keep Good Mail

Recently I was cleaning up a personal mailbox I’ve kept over the years for use when a 3rd party asks for an email address and I don’t want to provide my primary one. In these situations I prefer to give an address that I don’t frequently use because I know eventually I’ll start getting targeted […]

Securing SmarterMail with SSL / TLS

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Jul 152017
 
Securing SmarterMail with SSL / TLS

SmarterMail from Smatertools.com is a fantastic enterprise class Windows based mail server. One of the most compelling reasons to try Smatermail is that they offer a full featured version free for one domain. Leveraging SSL/TLS protocols with SmarterMail allows mail communication to be encrypted increasing privacy and security. Export SSL Certificate to PFX File Before […]

Filtering IP Ranges From SmarterStats Reports

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Dec 162016
 
Filtering IP Ranges From SmarterStats Reports

Recently while looking through my site’s traffic report from the past few months I noticed an unusual spike.  I use SmarterStats by SmarterTools which is a web based enterprise analytics tool and is free for one domain. After looking through a few other reports I came to realize that the spike I was seeing was […]

Using aspnet_regiis.exe to Encrypt Connection Strings

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Feb 062016
 
Using aspnet_regiis.exe to Encrypt Connection Strings

When it comes to securing IIS web applications on Windows Server 20008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2 one typically thinks of firewalls, access control lists (ACL), and using an application pool identity. These security measures will protect a site from external threats . However, .Net configuration files which typically store username and password data […]

PhpMyAdmin makes MySQL Backups and Restores Easy

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Dec 292015
 
PhpMyAdmin makes MySQL Backups and Restores Easy

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WPI) has made installing WordPress and MySQL on your Windows servers incredibly easy. With just a few clicks one can deploy a new WordPress site in minutes.  When it comes to managing a MySQL database you may first think of MySQL Workbench which is a great tool however depending on […]

Automate MySQL Backups on Windows Server 2012

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Nov 082015
 
Automate MySQL Backups on Windows Server 2012

Hosting MySQL and WordPress on your Windows Server 20008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2  has never been easier thanks to Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WPI).  However, backing up the MySQL databases is another story. Running mysqldump is certainly easy enough but manually taking a backup once in a while won’t be useful for disaster […]