Archive for February, 2009

Setup IIS on Server Core – Windows Server 2008 R2

This post has been updated from its original version to correct the installation instructions, which have changed since the time the post was written in Feb 2009.

With the addition of .NET Framework to Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2 the Server Core installation option became even more appealing for those who want to use a very low footprint server for hosting their applications. Availability of .NET framework provides the following great benefits:

  1. ASP.NET support – you can now use Server Core to host your ASP.NET applications.
  2. IIS Remote Management – Server Core does not provide any user interface other than command line. But if you prefer to use IIS Manager UI to administer IIS, you can now use IIS Remote Manager to connect to IIS on Server Core and perform all the management tasks from within familiar UI of IIS Manager.
  3. PowerShell – Windows Server 2008 R2 includes IIS PowerShell snapin, which is also available on Server Core.

This post describes how to setup and configure IIS on Server Core in Windows Server 2008 R2. Specifically the following tasks are described:

  • Using oclist and ocsetup commands
  • Basic Installation of IIS
  • Installing ASP.NET
  • Installing PowerShell and IIS snap-in
  • Enabling IIS Remote Management

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ruslany on February 26th 2009 in Other


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Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7.0 – Beta

Today IIS team has released the Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS 7.0 – Beta. The Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension provides IT Professionals and Hosters a configurable module that helps mitigate or block Denial of Service Attacks or cracking of passwords through Brute-force by temporarily blocking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of HTTP clients who follow a pattern that could be conducive to one of such attacks. This module can be configured such that the analysis and blocking could be done at the Web Server or the Web Site level.

Install the Dynamic IP Restrictions Beta Today!

Microsoft Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7.0 – Beta (x86)

Microsoft Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7.0 – Beta (x64)

If IIS already has IPv4 Address and IP restrictions module enabled then Dynamic IP Restrictions installer will need to un-install the existing module in order to continue the setup process. Note that the existing IPv4 configuration will be preserved while old module is removed and new module is installed. Continue Reading »


ruslany on February 16th 2009 in Other


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Windows Installer for PHP 5.2.9 RC and PHP 5.3 Beta

I am pleased to let everyone know that PHP development community has made significant improvements to the installer in upcoming PHP releases. In particular a number of bugs have been fixed to make the installer work well with FastCGI extension in IIS 5.1 and IIS 6.0 and with FastCGI module in IIS 7.0. Now the installer will do for you many of the configuration steps that previously you had to complete manually by following the instructions in the article Using FastCGI to Host PHP Applications on IIS 7.0. Specifically, the installer will:

  1. Unpack PHP core files and extensions
  2. Make changes to the php.ini to enable necessary extensions and specify correct extension path
  3. Create and configure a new FastCGI process pool for PHP executable
  4. Create a script or handler mapping for *.php extension.

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ruslany on February 12th 2009 in FastCGI, PHP


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How to secure WordPress admin directory on IIS 7.0

Recently I was told about Smashing Magazine, which turned out to be a pretty useful site. It is targeted for web developers and web designers and it contains tons of information, tools and freebies for web developers. One of the article on that site was about 10 Steps To Protect The Admin Area in WordPress. In that article step #7 described how to use web server’s built-in authentication to provide an extra protection layer for wp-admin directory, where all WordPress admin scripts are located. The article described how to do that in Apache by using .htaccess file. In this post I will explain how to protect WordPress wp-admin directory on IIS 7.0 by using IIS built-in Forms Authentication. Continue Reading »


ruslany on February 6th 2009 in PHP, WordPress


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