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 Knowing Your Website And Component Parts

Over the past few months we have seen a number of situations where we encounter customers that have had horrendous issues with their websites.  As we work to resolve issues for these customers we often find that key information that either allows us to help them, or that would have prevented then from being in the situation that they were placed in.  After seeing a number of common trends we thought it would be important to start sharing some insight on some key items that should be known by all website owners, regardless of their technical ability.

 Major IowaComputerGurus Updates

We have been busy here at IowaComputerGurus for a while as we have been heads-down working on a massive set of updates to the documents, modules, tools, and resources that we make available on this site. In addition to a major update for our brand and visual appeal. It is with great honor that I reveal to you the fruits of our labor from the past months!

 Segregation of Duties: DNS, Domain Registration & Hosting

Managing risk is an important subject for any business, and to continue our series of discussions around risk management strategies for web assets, I want to spend a bit of time regarding DNS and domain registrations.  In Computer Science there is a common term, Separation of Concerns, that defines architecture recommendations for software development with a focus on modularity in design.  When looking at your Domain Registrations, DNS Entries and hosting it is important to employ a similar strategy to avoid potential risks in the future.

 Managing a Disaster and Protecting Your Assets

Over the past 24 hours we have assisted a large number of customers with server disasters, mostly stemming from a series of Windows Updates that went horribly wrong.  I blogged about the main issue on my personal blog today under the title, Windows Updates, Monitoring, and ASP.NET Oops!.  If you have not yet read this article, I strongly recommend you check it out as well as continuing with this article.  By most accounts that type of an issue would be considered a disaster with sites being down and resources unavailable to perform their regular duties.  Today's excitement prompted a lot of questions regarding the concept of true disaster preparedness and what levels of protection a customer needs to ensure their assets are properly protected. 

 Balancing Need for Help and Security

It is a regular occurrence for us to receive requests from people that are experiencing extreme issues.  It could be a single site that is down, a whole server that is having problems or any combination of other issues.  While we totally understand the urgency behind each of these requests, it is amazing the types of security risks that users will put themselves into, just to get help.  In this post I will outline our "best practices" recommendation for balancing the line between security and the urgency for help.

 Securing User Passwords in DotNetNuke

If you have been paying attention to the news in recent months you have most likely heard of a few cases where user information, such as Usernames and Passwords, have been exposed from some high visibility websites. Some of the more current leaks were with Gawker and Mozilla. For those that are unfamiliar the situation is pretty simple. These sites store user login information, usernames and passwords, that allow users access to their systems. Their systems were then breached and malicious users were able to get access to the information. Why is this something that I am blogging about in relation to DotNetNuke? Well, without a bit of configuration your site could be at risk, should a malicious user get access to your system. 

 Business Continuity Backup Strategies, DotNetNuke and You

A majority of the time when working with a business there is a strong focus on keeping things working, and leaving working items as they are.  However, when it comes to ensuring that business can continue as usual it is important to make sure that not only you have processes in place for backups, but backups alone are not going to do everything for you.  It is important to test/validate the backups and also to ensure that you are taking backups at all times that are necessary.  Below we will discuss our stance on these two topics.

 Selecting a Hosting Provider: The Business Side

In the past few weeks on my personal blog I have published articles on "Selecting a DotNetNuke Hosting Provider" as well as "Shared, Virtual Private Server, Dedicated or Cloud Hosting".  Between these two articles the topic of hosting selection has been pretty well discussed, however, based on questions/comments that have been provided to us since the publishing of the articles we felt that it was necessary to expand on the topic a bit more.  The previously mentioned articles discuss the basic needs for hosting based on a systematic approach, although 100% valid this approach might not be the best "true decider" when it comes to selecting a hosting provider.

 OpenForce Connections 2009 and IowaComputerGurus

We would like to bring some attention to the 2009 OpenForce Connections event that will be occurring November 9-12 in Las Vegas.  This event has been a must-attend item for us in years past and 2009 is shaping up the same way.  This year Mitchel will be presenting on the topic of DotNetNuke performance and we will also have a booth in Expo hall along other DotNetNuke module vendors.

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