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Multiple https websites on one IIS 7.5

Multiple https websites on one IIS 7.5

I wanted to use IIS 7.5 to host multiple sites under https. The only way I found so far is to have multiple IP addresses link to one server or configure multiple IP addresses on the server and use the IIS site bindings to listen to these alternate IP addresses. First of we need to configure our network card and add the new IP address to it. Go to the properties of your network card and select IPv4, then click…

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Take website offline in IIS

Take website offline in IIS

There is a very easy way to stop a website and provide your users with a nice “under maintenance” or “offline” page. Just create a new file in the root directory of your website and call it “app_offline.htm” Whatever the request to your site, users will always be served this page. Is you ever use publishing via visual studio, you will notice that during the publish this file is also created to let your users know maintenance is occurring on…

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Optimize SSL settings in Windows Server 2008

Optimize SSL settings in Windows Server 2008

SSL labs provides, through it’s website, a thorough free testing of an https enabled site. It has different rankings based on the (American) school grading system, where F is the lowest score and A++ the highest. Numerical Score Grade score >= 80 A score >= 65 B score >= 50 C score >= 35 D score >= 20 E score < 20 F In this post I will try and go through the steps to achieve an “A” rating for…

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Create certificate request with SHA256 on IIS 7

Create certificate request with SHA256 on IIS 7

Creating a CSR (or Certificate Singing Request) on an IIS 7 is pretty straight forward, but you end up with a request which uses the old SHA1 hashing method. Your certificate request will work, but the end result will be that your site might be vulnerable to SSL/TLS related attacks. So how to create a CSR that uses the SHA256 algorithm? All the information bellow can be found on ServerFault. First make a request.inf file. (Just use a text editor…

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Enable web deploy on IIS 8 running on 2012 R2

Enable web deploy on IIS 8 running on 2012 R2

Web deploy enables a developer (or anyone with sufficient privileges) to build and deploy a website using visual studio or via the command line using MSBuild. An example of such a build command can be found in my previous posts. We use it mainly in our continuous integration environment to automatically build, test and deploy new code if a new commit to the git master branch was detected. Installation via web platform installer First you will need administrator rights to…

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