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September 18, 2008

Modifying Port Number for a MOSS Site

by @ 11:03 am. Filed under Articles, Security/Firewalls, SharePoint, Tips & Tricks

In SharePoint there are lots of different ways to perform a specific task. One day I needed to change the port number for a site that I am hosting on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. I was told by someone that the only way to do that is to use STSADM tool. I figured I will find a way to change it in the GUI first and if that doesn’t work then I will try STSADM. I didn’t want to go through the hassle of deleting and recreating the site. Here’s what I found out I could do within the GUI to change the port number of a site without recreating it. Thanks to Jaap Steinvoorte for this tip.

Let’s assume your current Web application is called WEBAPP1 and it’s using port 12345. Create a new Web application WEBAPP2 that will use port 22222. Extend WEBAPP1 using port 12345 without any host headers to WEBAPP2 using port 22222 with a host header. Delete the old WEBAPP1 using SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration site. You should now be able to use the new Web application with the new port number.

NOTE: If you are using ISA Server to publish the Web site you will need to update your ISA Server rule.

September 16, 2008

IRS finds unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks

by @ 6:49 pm. Filed under Internet/Web, News, Security/Firewalls

NextGov has reported on the security issue that concerns not just the folks at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but all of us who pay taxes in the U.S.

“The Internal Revenue Service found more than 1,000 unauthorized Web servers connected to its networks, leaving the agency’s systems open to hackers, according to a report released on Thursday by the IRS inspector general.

In September 2007, the IRS Computer Security Incident Response Center scanned the agency’s Web servers and identified 2,093 that had at least one security vulnerability. When the center matched those servers to the IRS database of registered Web sites and servers, an inventory of systems that the agency uses to perform security maintenance and apply patches, it found 1,811, or 87 percent, were not listed in the database.

Of the unregistered servers, the IRS identified 661 that were used for legitimate agency business, leaving 1,150 servers being used for potentially unauthorized activity, according to the report.”

Read the entire story here.

September 15, 2008

Planning for Hyper-V Security

by @ 10:42 am. Filed under Security/Firewalls, Tips & Tricks, Virtualization, Windows 2008

Here are some tips from Microsoft TechNet related to the Hyper-V security in Windows Server 2008.

1. Use a Server Core installation for the parent partition.
2. Do not run any applications in the parent partition.
3. Do not give virtual machine administrators permissions on the parent partition.
4. Ensure that virtual machines are fully updated before they are turned on in a production environment.
5. Use a dedicated Network Interface Card (NIC) for management of the virtualization server.
6. Use Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption to help protect VM resources.

Click here to read all the details for each topic.

September 13, 2008

How to recover backups created with Ntbackup.exe on WS08

by @ 2:59 pm. Filed under Applications, Tips & Tricks, Tools/Utils, Windows 2008

If you have been using Ntbackup.exe that came with earlier versions of Windows and now you plan to use the new Windows Server Backup that comes with Windows Server 2008 (WS08), there are several things that you need to keep in mind.

  1. The backups require NTFS-formatted volumes.
  2. You can backup to hard disks (both internal and external) but the disks must be locally attached.
  3. You can backup to DVDs and remote shared folders using UNC in Windows Server 2008.
  4. If you plan to use scheduled backups then you will need a separate, dedicated disk.
  5. If you back up to an external disk then the disk will be dedicated to backups and you won’t be able to see it Windows Explorer. The idea is that you can remove the external disk for off-site storage.
  6. Backing up to tape is not supported in Windows Server 2008 but there is support for tape storage drivers.
  7. You cannot back up volumes larger than 2043 GB with Windows Server Backup tool.
  8. Windows Server 2008 does not support recovering from backups that were created with the old Ntbackup.exe. However, Microsoft is offering a new version of Ntbackup.exe for people who want to recover data from the old backups that were created using Ntbackup.exe. Keep in mind that this “special” version of Ntbackup.exe is only for recovering backups that you created with previous versions of Windows and you cannot use them to create new backups in Windows Server¬†2008. For more information on this special version of Ntbackup.exe called Windows NT Backup – Restore Utility click here.

September 12, 2008

How to Change the Title Displayed in the Browser for a Top Level SharePoint Site

by @ 7:18 am. Filed under Browsers, SharePoint, Tips & Tricks

Some things in SharePoint seem simple but they are not. Others seem too complicated but turn out to be much simple. One thing that seems to be confusing for a lot of people has to do with changing the title of the top level SharePoint site that is displayed in the browser.

Let’s say your top level SharePoint site is called “Intranet.” By default, the title displayed in the browser is called “Home.”¬† When users add the site to their browser as a Favorite or drag it to the Links toolbar, it would add it as “Home”, which is too generic, instead of something more specific like “SeattlePro Intranet.” Changing Title, description, and Icon under Site Actions, Site Settings, Modify All Settings only changes the title on the Web page, not in the browser.

To change the title from the default Home to something else that’s more specific (e.g. SeattlePro Intranet) follow the steps described below.

1. Open the top level site.

2. On the home page click Site Actions, Edit Page.

3. Click on the Page drop-down button and select Page Settings.

[NOTE: The template that I am using is a MOSS template called Collaboration which is available on the Publishing tab when you create a site collection.]

4. In the Page Title and Description section click in the Title box and change the title to the one you want. In our example I changed it to “SeattlePro Intranet.”

5. Click OK.

6. Publish the page or exit out of the editing mode (depending on which template you are using).

7. Notice the new page title for the top level site is now SeattlePro Intranet in the browser. Also, when added to the Links toolbar it says SeattlePro Intranet instead of just Home.

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