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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
11:46 pm
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Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
7:54 pm
Polite Notice

I would like to remind members that this community is not the place for advertising commercial web hosting services.

Thursday, June 19th, 2008
2:08 pm

Our site, www.gojobs.com/seeker/jobsearch.asp , is currently self-hosted, with multiple servers, using ASP. Net and SQL.

Obviously, with all the Microsoft Licensing, its expensive to maintain.

I’m hearing a lot about PHP these days.

Has anyone done a major migration from Microsoft to PHP on the web?


One of the big issues would be page naming.

Many of our existing pages are .asp, while some are .html, such as



SEO is a major traffic issue for us, so we don’t want to kill those old pages, but try to do a parallel site, some in php, some on asp.

Has anyone done this?

Your feed back would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, November 30th, 2007
1:15 pm
Ubuntu and ASP.Net?
I'm looking at migrating from my WIndows 2003 servers at home to Ubuntu 7.10 servers, however I use a lot of ASP and ASP.Net code with connections to MySQL databases. Has anyone played with this? Good? Bad? Otherwise?
Monday, September 24th, 2007
8:33 am
any postfix users/gurus out there?
my server ate it the other day and I'm trying to get it back up asap, postfix is just queueing messages instead of delivering them to Maildirs. I spent 8 hours yesterday trying to get it working with no luck. CentOS-5.
If you can help me get this fixed, I'll add paid time on your LJ account or something as a thank you.

aim: inthehandbasket
gchat: cybertrash

Current Mood: annoyed
Tuesday, August 14th, 2007
1:07 am
the design ASP.NET site

Dear developers! If you have time and desire to me to help, help to do the design for site. The Details shall write on E-mail Also ask you to help to form the database and code of the site. In principle, they there is, but wanted that all were made professional. Also write on E-mail.

The Site has two languages. Shall very pleased if you will help to avoid some mistakes in translation and literate,but the main, understandable write the text.

Sunday, August 12th, 2007
5:30 pm
Needing help with security on Windows SBS2003 server with Exchange
Can someone help me with some basic security on my SBS2003 server, with particular regards to e-mail security. I am not idiot but I have not done server or LAN support for a living since NT 4.0 and 95. I spent the last 10 years doing Cisco Networking and Telecom work. I installed and ran a Win 2K server with exchange for a year or so and now SBS 2003 for a few years just to keep some skills up.

I only host a few personal websites and one e-mail domain with just a couple e-mail accounts. I also have a POP3 connector to pull e-mail in from an ISP for an old e-mail address. I run it in my basement on a DSL with static, public IP addresses with a Cisco router acting as my firewall. I am also running Symantec Corporate Antivirus 8.1 and I have Windows Intelligent Messaging Filter configured. I believe I am up to date on all my service packs and updates. I have done basic thing like using hardened passwords and disabled the default administrator account. I admit that I have not changed my passowrd in a while but I changed them today.

One of the main things I am concerned about is unauthorized users sending mail through my server. My girlfriend and I am really the only people that would normally send mail from one of several machines that would all be on the same local IP subnet. I primarily use Outlook to manage my mail, but I have also used, outlook express, netscape, thunderbird and OWA. The main symptom of how i know is that I have a security problem is that I when i go to Exchange System Manager and look at the Queues for my server, I see about 40 SMTP connectors set up for domains that I do not manage or support. All but one have at least one message waiting in the queue. I have frozen them for now, but more will keep getting added and I have know idea how people are able to do it. When I get my daily reports, I have seen that often I get dozens of failed attempts of trying to log into my server via Terminal Services/RDP.

What can I do or or look at to see how my system is compromised and what people are doing or trying to do on my server. What are some other things I can do to improve security on my server and harden it against attacks. Whenever I try to google for tips, I find really in depth instruction that I don't understand or are for more complicated installations. I have done some things in the past to tighten up things and have screwed up my server. So more often then not, i choose to do nothing then risk messing things up.

Current Mood: annoyed
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
3:42 pm
so i've gotten fed up with the never-ending fight against spam on my hosted domains. I've tried spamassassin, greylisting, all kinds of crap to no really good solution. I can live with it, but my parents were giving me crap about all the spam in their e-mail.

I just flipped the switch over to google's free mail hosting. It's gmail for your own domain.
And it just works.
Spam's getting slammed, you can enable POP on an account by account basis, can share contacts, do aliases and mail lists, and all kinds of good stuff.
And it's free for up to 100 user accounts.

I sound like a commercial, I know, but damn am I just glad to be out of the spam war.

Now to convince all the friends I host to do the same with their domains so I can pull external mail off my box entirely.

Current Mood: calm
Friday, May 11th, 2007
9:23 pm
how to set up an rDNS?
I just discovered that my IP is listed on a blacklist. Apparently I need an rDNS record before they'll remove me, and I haven't the first clue on how to set one up. I've got the regular forward DNS records set up, but the rDNS stuff just confuses me.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Sunday, March 25th, 2007
12:25 pm
Newbie questions
Hi There,

I have a new website hosted from my local computer www.americansolarpowercentral.com .

I have a couple problems:

I can't seem to add more pages to my wwwroot folder and have them show up on the web (like www.americansolarpowercentral.com/otherpage.aspx . Is there a setting involved in giving access to more pages?

Also, Google webmaster tools is unable to verify my page. I've added their meta tag to my main page, but no go, and I've put their verify html doc in the wwroot folder too, but it won't verify (likely due to the same problem as above).

Any thoughts?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
12:54 am
Multiple Servers Behind a NAT Router
I've been scouring the search engines trying to find a way to set up multiple web servers behind a single-IP NAT router. Basically I want to configure my setup so that http://server1.mydomain.com (public) translates to (private) and http://server2.mydomain.com translates to The only suggestion I've come across so far is setting up the router for port forwarding, but I want to keep everything on the default Port 80. I would also like to my local LAN users to be able to access these servers not via their internal addresses but by their public URLs.

I don't think it's really relevant, but just in case, Server2 ( is an Exchange Server running Outlook Web Access. Perhaps someone can point me to an article or lend some advice?

Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
12:58 am
Have anybody ever managed to get Digest authentification working on IIS?

I'm trying to set up Digest authentification on IIS (v6.0). I followed all the steps that were mentioned in this Microsoft's article but couldn't get anything working (IIS just didn't accept login/password, told: "401 - Access Denied"). I could have missed some detail, though... =)

I wonder if anyone ever managed to setup the Digest at all?... or that is a huge microsoft's bug??? 8))
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006
12:12 pm
MP3 Management and hosting

Does anyone have a good suggestion for a windows based solution for managing and remotely accessing MP3s?
I have them currently on a network accessible share and I am running MS Server2003 with IIS.

Ideally the software would allow me to manage them, allow me to remotely access them across the Interweb to listen to them and would allow me to share them with friends as well as friends adding there own to a specific folder. They would all be legal MP3s, of course. Also, it needs to have some sort of decent security for access control and file/folder protection and would need to be cheap or free. I know I could use FTP to accomplish some of this, but I was looking for something better.

Thursday, March 9th, 2006
8:40 pm
Ipv6 (stupid question)
I have tried to install IPv6 in Windows XP. Error message was 0x800704b8. I have no idea what does it mean and what can I do. Help me, pleas.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
10:43 am
Hey guys. I'm sorry to drop in on this community with my questions, but I really have NO idea where to go. I'm wanting to start an internet business and I would need a set up almost exactly like hotornot, but instead of pictures, I would want video. Could anyone tell me where I could go to get this started and how much it would approximately cost? I know I'd need a good server (this is what I was told, still don't know what that means exactly) and a few databases. Again.. I'm not that clear on this. If someone could talk with me about this, I would really appreciate it. If these questions are completely unwelcome, i'll delete this post and look elsewhere. Thank you.
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
9:41 am
Calling ASP2 applications
How do I instance an ASP2 application from a client machine from within the firewall? Despite that, I wrote it in Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, whenever I attempt, it tried to read it as if I wrote it for .Net framework 1.1 and not 2.0. I am calling it over HTTP (i.e., HTTP://pjohnson/website1/default.aspx) where the application resides in a folder in WWWRoot.
Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
1:23 pm
Some Information Regarding Virtual Web Hosting Solution
Today's Article

If your web site has outgrown its shared hosting solution, it may be time to move it to virtual hosting, which is often seen as a low cost alternative to getting your own dedicated server. A virtual server gives you most of the advantages of a dedicated server at a fraction of the price. The web hosting service takes advantage of the fact that few small to mid-size web sites need the full resources of a machine and puts several web sites on the same server.

But, you're thinking, that sounds like the shared hosting plan I'm using now. What's the difference, and why do I pay more for a virtual server?

Saturday, October 22nd, 2005
9:49 pm
I am looking for some good designers to host their design sites.  I'm not putting any caps on the bandwidth or space you can use.  If you or anyone you know, wants webspace to host their layouts, contact me through my site http://jenepher.com/x
Friday, August 26th, 2005
10:28 am
Visual Studio.Net 2003 Query
How do you allow shared development of a Visual Studio.Net 2003 project, such that
everyone in a team can see a project and make modifications to it?
Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
12:51 pm
Session Variables that Do Not Persist? Please Help
I had this conversation with FastHosts. Clearly they are either refusing to acknowledge my problem or I am being a bit thick. Please help me someone. I have included the conversation below, with my questions and responses in bold:

Here is an odd problem. When I run my ASP.Net on any server it works. When I run it on my fasthost server everything works except session variables do not persist across pages. Please resolve! It is probably an IIS setting that I can-not set programmatically.

Can you provide further information, including full replication steps on how we can see the fact that the session variables are being lost.


username = tester@pcarney.me.uk
password = fish
then click "click here to submit details".

It sets the session variable "level" to 1 everywhere else but on fasthosts, which means that the page redirects to nothing I can use on your server. As I've said, It is MOST probably an IIS setting that I cannot change programmatically. Please resolve as this call should NOT be closed.

The domain is incorrectly configured, as the path to the site appears to be C:\Inetpub\wwwroot which is incorrect on our servers. This should be e:\domains\d\damn-them.com\user\htdocs

Please configure it correctly such that I might use session variables. It is after all a standard feature of ASP.

The problem is with your scripts - please re-configure them.

I do not use that anywhere in my scripts, compile or otherwise. Please give me access to the domain mapping so I might set it myself.

I have no idea unfortunately. I did take a look at the web.config file but couldn't see anything in there, I would advise you to contact the devel-opers of the software.

Here is the debug information:

Row handle is invalid.

Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code.

Exception Details: System.Data.OleDb.OleDbException: Row handle is in-valid.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

Stack Trace:

[OleDbException (0x80040e04): Row handle is invalid.]
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.ProcessResults(Int32 hr) +63
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.GetRowDataFromHandle() +105
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.FindValueBinding(Int32 index) +34
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.PeekValueBinding(Int32 index) +16
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.GetValue(Int32 ordinal) +40
System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataReader.get_Item(String name) +20
damn_them.CDataHandler.DoGetValue(String pQueryString, String pField-Name) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CDataHandler.vb:90
damn_them.CRoutines.IsValidLogin(String ptxtRequestEmail, String ptxtPassword) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\CQueries.vb:26
damn_them.login.Button1_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e) in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\login.aspx.vb:53
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.OnClick(EventArgs e) +108
Sys-tem.Web.UI.WebControls.Button.System.Web.UI.IPostBackEventHandler.RaisePostBackEvent(String eventArgument) +57
System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(IPostBackEventHandler sour-ceControl, String eventArgument) +18
System.Web.UI.Page.RaisePostBackEvent(NameValueCollection postData) +33
System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain() +1292

The path to your web folder is e:\domains\d\damn-them.com\user\htdocs. I would recommend you rebuild your application as this is clearly a scripting error.

C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\ is the path on the server it was build and it is pro-duced in line with the DLL and symbol debugging code. It does NOT pertain to physical files. I would like someone else to check my IIS settings please.

Unfortunately, IIS settings on the Shared Hosting servers are set up correctly, and cannot be changed. The path within your .Net Application will need to be updated if it is to be used on the Fasthosts servers.

I remain wholly unconvinced considering that the debug information re-ports symbolic debugging information at the time of compilation. Is there anyone there who actually knows about ASP.Net 1.1 and the necessary configuration for IIS?
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