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Remotely managing your Windows web server

Question: How do I setup remote management of an IIS 7 server on Windows Server 2008? Answer: By default, remote management is turned off. Therefore, you must turn it on before you can use any of its features. Although IIS is available for Vista and other versions of Microsoft Windows, remote management only works on […]

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How do I install FTP on IIS 7.5

Question: How do I install FTP on IIS 7.5 in Windows? Answer: IIS (Internet Information Service) is a set of Microsoft’s Internet-based services. As a web server, it is second only to Apache HTTP Server, serving 29% of all websites. In addition to HTTP services, it also includes FTP. On Windows Server 2008, installing FTP […]

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WampServer on Windows

We have spent a great deal of blog space learning about Linux servers and how to optimize them, but Linux is certainly not the only kid on the block. This week we will look at some other operating systems and how they interact with the Web. First up is Microsoft Windows. The standard web server […]

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Logging user agent data in Apache

Question: How do I tell Apache to log user agent information? Answer: Normally, Apache logs information about site visitors to /var/logs/httpd/ and uses files like access_log, error_log, etc. While it does give some information about the users, it does not include user agent information by default. User agent information looks like this: “Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE […]

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Hide Apache version from outside requests

Question: Is there a way to hide the version of Apache running on my server? Answer: Yes, there certainly is, and there is a good reason to do so. While the version of Apache running on your server might be inconsequential to the average, it could be ammunition in the sneaky minds of would-be hackers. […]

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PhpSecInfo: PHP security information tool

Allowing access to any type of scripting on your web server opens the door for security problems. You never know when an attacker might randomly (or purposely) select your server as a target. Any running scripts have the potential for exploitation. PHP is no exception, and taking steps to secure PHP goes a long way […]

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PHP module vs PHP CGI binary

Question: What are the differences between running PHP as an Apache module and running it as a CGI binary on a Linux server? Answer: One of the biggest differences between a PHP Apache module and a PHP CGI binary is that the Apache module is just that: a module of Apache that is dependent on […]

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5 Server checks for the New Year

Hopefully, it has not been a year since you have given your server a good checkup, but just in case you need a reminder, here are a few things to check at the start of 2010: 1. Log rotation. Normally, Linux will rotate logs for the kernel, web server, and other applications, saving older ones […]

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The /var directory in Linux

In previous posts, we covered the Linux file and directory structure. One very important directory in Linux is /var. This directory general contains the following subdirectories: 1. backups – primarily used by APT, this directory contains backups of package update states. 2. cache – certain applications use this directory to store temporary files. 3. lib […]

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Safe anonymous FTP

Question: Is it safe to setup anonymous FTP services for my website visitors? Answer: Anonymous FTP can be a useful feature when used correctly. If you are moving a lot of files, especially if you have some type of software or game repository, anonymous FTP may be a practical and easy solution. Anytime you give […]

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