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Use PowerShell to install SSL certificate on IIS

Importing PFX SSL certificate to IIS with PowerShell script
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Since Google announced HTTPS as ranking signal most of the websites now days are switching to secured communication via SSL certificates. Even I switched my website to HTTPS secured connection to follow up with this new trend. Using certificate on the website is related to domain binding, but even before we setup the domain binding for the website, we need to import the certificate to IIS...read more

Get .NET Framework version installed on Windows using PowerShell

How to find out installed version of .NET Framework with PowerShell
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Finding out installed .NET Framework version on the host Windows OS is not an everyday job, but when it comes to deployments of the .NET application it is needed to check if the host supports targeting .NET Framework version. Starting from .NET Framework 4.5, Microsoft is storing .NET Framework version as a key in registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full\Release ...read more

Exporting SSL certificate to PFX format for using on IIS or Azure

Getting SSL certificate PFX format for IIS or Azure WebApp using OpenSSL
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Hether your website requires SSL secured connection through HTTPS or not, it is even recommended by Google to use SSL for your website. Starting from 2005 Google page ranking takes into consideration whether your page has SSL certificate installed and serer content thorough HTTPS. If you are hosting your website on IIS, you have some built in tols in Internet Information Service (IIS) manager, for SSL certificate operations but they are pretty limited and most of the time confusing to use. ...read more

Managing Windows Scheduled Tasks with Windows PowerShell

List, create and update Windows Scheduled Tasks with PowerShell
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Microsoft Windows Task Scheduler component is a standard part of Microsoft Windows operating system since Windows98. It allows schedulex execution of programs or scripts at specific pre-defined time or recurrent time interval. Repetitive creating and updating Windows Scheduled Tasks manually using Windows built in manager can be annoying...read more

Complex parameters in Windows PowerShell scripting

Passing and handling parameter in Windows PowerShell script
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Like in any other language, in PowerShell we also want to reuse our code and execute same set of operations with different parameters. PowerShell has great support for parameters which can be used in PowerShell script invocation.If you want your script to accept parameters you need to declare them in the script file...read more

Setting ASP.NET application on IIS always running with PowerShell

Switch off AppPool timeout with PowerShell script
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When creating new website with new application pool, bu default IIS sets your application pool in a way to save resources when inactive. This is because it does not want to run your website all the time if is there is no activity on it and keep using resources on the host for idle worker processes (w3wp.exe). This is the reason you might experience slow response when opening your website URL from time to time especially if your website has low traffic. ...read more

Get number of messages in MSMQ with C#

MSMQ message count in .NET
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MSMQ (Microsoft Message Queuing) is a built in Windows component. It is not so popular now days as there are more efficient and robust solutions available. However, it still has it's place in application architecture as a simple queueing system, plus as I mentioned, it comes out of the box with Windows operating system as a Windows component.This means it is still widely used Windows based applications mostly for internal notifications and services between components of the solution...read more

Automated clean up and archive of log files with PowerShell 5

Archiving old log files with PowerShell 5 and Windows Scheduled Tasks
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Depending on the application architecture, your Windows virtual machine might have one or more applications or components of a single solution. Those might be WebApi services, Web Applications or Windows applications. Any of these components may generate logs which are important for diagnostics and tracking down events...read more

Clean up IIS log files from web server using PowerShell

Avoid low disk space because of IIS logs with PowerShell Scheduled Task
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Microsoft IIS Server is by default logging every request that reaches it. This can be pretty useful for tracking down the issue which my occur over time, but it is also pilling up log files on server's disk which eventually can cause low disk space. You an always clean up these files manually, but wouldn't it be nice if server does that for you? ...read more

Setting up IIS ASP.NET WebApplication using PowerShell

Setup ASP.NET web application hosted on IIS using PowerShell
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PowerShell is the best option for automation on Windows platform. Regardless of which platform and how you organize Continous Deployment, you will always need to introduce certain level of customization during the deployment process. Scripting with PowerShell can play main role with these kind of customizations...read more

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