Tag-Archive for ◊ IIS ◊

Monitoring IIS Web Server with Logparser and the RRDtool
Thursday, March 12th, 2009 | Author:


We read allot of articles on how one can use MRTG as an Intrusion detection tool or to creating traffic graph for a particular network subnet or a single IP address on Linux platform with Apache web server. But we find very few that allow us to have graphs on Windows Dedicated server with IIS Web Server.

Here are some steps that can be used to create graphs on Windows Dedicated server with IIS as the web servers. And there is no need to take all the efforts to configure MRTG as we can simply have graphs with the use of logparser and the RRDtool from Tobias Oetiker and you can use the RRDtool perfectly without the rest of MRTG.


Install & Configure Windows DNS Service
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 | Author:

Steps to Configure Windows DNS Server/Service.

Here is a very simple way to configure a DNS service on Windows Dedicated Server that hosts your website.


1. You should have one of the following Windows OS to install the DNS service:

— Windows XP Professional edition.
— Windows Vista.
— Windows 2003 Server Data center edition.
— Windows 2003 Server Enterprise edition.
— Windows 2003 Server Standard edition.

You cannot install DNS service on Windows 2008 Server with the steps below as it does not have an option to add remove Windows Components. You will have to use the Server Manager option to install Services on your Windows 2008 Server.


Plesk SitePreview Not Working On Windows
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 | Author:

Most of our users have this problem with there Windows Plesk Dedicated hosting as well as Windows Shared hosting packages with recent Parallels Plesk versions. I have had so many instance of support about the sitepreview not working on our Windows Shared Servers with Plesk for different reasons and I had to scratch my head to get things sorted for our valuable Windows dedicated hosting customers. And it is an important feature for our Shared hosting customers without the dedicated IP address to check their site before moving their name server to us. So I decided to write this blog with the steps to troubleshoot the problem with Plesk sitepreview in few simple steps. I will try and put every thing that I have figured while investigation.

There are 3 types of problems with site preview in Plesk:


Host Header Settings
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 | Author:

To set more than one website on server you are required to set Host Headers
Procedure to set Host Headers
1) Load  IIS (Start >>> Run>>>type “inetmgr” hit enter)

2) On left pane, expand server name, then click “Web Sites“>>>right click on right pane>>>select  New>>>Web Site

3) Website Creation Wizard will open , here you have freedom to write absolutely anything (we will write – Testing) >>> Click Next

4)Under IP address and Port settings
Enter Ip address and port number (Default port – 80) and Host Header for the website >>> Click Next

5) Enter the path for Websites Home Directory and tick (check) “Allow anonymous access to this website” >>> Click Next

6) Under Website Access Permissions , necessary permissions for using ASP , Run Scripts can be used as per requirement. >>> Click Next

7) Click Finish and you’re done.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | Author:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 does not install Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) for
NTS (CDONTS). Therefore, applications that use   do not function on a Windows
Server 2003-based computer.

Windows Server 2003 provides improved alternatives to CDONTS. To make CDONTS
functioning on a Windows Server 2003-based computer, use one of the following



IIS Optimizing & Monitoring Tools
Thursday, October 09th, 2008 | Author:

Here are some useful tools that help us in configuring IIS server to be more secure and less resource consuming:

1. IIS Passwords Sync:

IIS 6.0 web sites run under anonymous user accounts. It is IUSR_<machine name> (by default) or other user accounts created by your web hosting control panel. The users’ passwords are set automatically set and are never known. However, sometimes for some reason the passwords get out of sync or corrupted and need to be reset. The easiest way to reset these passwords is to use IIS Passwords Sync program. It extracts the passwords that Microsoft IIS 6.0 has in its metabase and updates the accounts in “Local Users and Groups” to use that passwords.


2. IIS Pool:

With IIS Pool tool we can easily search the problematic sites which have default application pool.

IIS Application Pools Monitoring and Analysis:

This program allows monitoring of IIS 6 application pools. All the monitoring data is stored in log files. It is possible to analyze a pool to find a website (or a virtual application) using too much resources. …

Overview -

IIS Application Pools Monitoring and Analysis:

* This program allows monitoring of IIS 6 application pools.

* All the monitoring data is stored in log files.

* It is possible to analyze a pool to find a website (or a virtual application) using too much resources.

Features -

* IIS application pools monitoring

* IIS application pools analysis

* Find websites using too much resources


3. IIS Report:

Overview -

IIS Report is a command line tool. It allows us to create different IIS related reports. For example it can get the list of all SSL websites and sort it by IP address, or get the list of all websites and sort it by application pool name and then by website name, …

There is no installation required. Just download and unrar the archive file. Then start the program with:

C:\>iisreport.exe /?

to get more information and see all the parameters available.

Benefits -

* Easy-to-use

* Fast

* It is possible to import the reports with Excel

* It is possible to parse the reports with VBS or BAT programs and other administration applications.