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14
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Conferences - cf.Objective() - Early Bird Rate Extended

cfObjective, Conferences

I had planned today to write a little message saying, quick last chance for early bird rates, and then I told you to get in while you had a chance. I got busy, as you do, and by the time I got around to it, I saw a tweet stating the Early Bird rate had been extended. Why? I'll let you read the message here but the important thing is, its Valentines, do your thing, and then you have 2 weeks more to convince your manager to send you to cf.Objective().

See you there, or else!!!

Gavin

14
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Moving SSL certs from IIS on Windows to Apache on Centos

Apache, OpenSSL, Server Admin

We're migrating a series of Windows Servers to Centos, and in doing so, there are a number of SSL Certificates that need to be migrated too. Going through the whole process of creating new Requests invalidates the old SSL, so it can be a tricky transfer process, and in migrations, you want to try and streamline them as much as possible, so we wanted to export our SSL Certs ahead of time, import them and be prepared. To see how to export SSL Certs from IIS 6 to a .pxf here, I will add a few other walkthroughs for other versions as I complete them.

13
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Exporting SSL Certificates from IIS 6 on Windows into .pfx files

OpenSSL, Server Admin

Working with Windows and IIS, you might come across the time when you want to move an SSL Certificate from one server, to another server, and you wonder how you can do this without starting a new request, and go through the whole process again. If you have the .cert .crt or .cer file, you can try and import it into IIS, but you'll realize, you need the CSR generated from the new IIS server, for the .cert .cer .crt file to match it, so you'll have to export the SSL cert to a .pfx. This makes moving SSL Certs from IIS Server to IIS server, but it also allows you to take the SSL and move it to an Apache httpd server using Openssl. This little guide will walk you through creating the .pfx file, preparing for importing it into your new Web Server, whatever you decide to use.

12
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

CFML Server - A Different type of ColdFusion Repo - ColdFusion Installs

CFML Server, ColdFusion Install Repo

Today, Adam Cameron posted an interesting little blogette about things he is not
The short of it all, was that recently a lot of people have been asking for older versions of ColdFusion, and as Adam put it, he is not a download service, and its not his job to look after everyone else's software. 

That got me thinking...

10
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Online Interactive Learning - TryCF - Tutorial Contest Over

CFML Language, Online Interactive Learning

Time to talk about one of my favorite new and cool Online Learning tools around, and yes, it's a ColdFusion tool, TryCF. I have talked about TryCF in earlier posts in my Online Interactive Learning category, and one post I talked about submitting my first tutorial. My tutorial was one of the first submitted and approved by the community, and it qualified for the tutorial contest.

05
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Amazing Coupons, Discounts, Freebies and Value Galore - cf.Objective() and Into the Box

cfObjective, Conferences, Steals and Deals

In the ColdFusion world, conference season is just around the corner, with cf.Objective() in May, with Into the Box the day prior, the time to start planning and buying your tickets is now… before all the specials and deals end.

04
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Online Learning - Podcasts - Mind Opening Interview with the Discoverer of JSON Douglas Crockford

Online Interactive Learning, Podcasts

I am a late comer to the world of Podcasts, but with the birth of my son, I had a lot of time holding babies, feeding babies, changing diapers, and podcasts helped me fill the time and getting my learning kick at the same time. I listen to several podcasts, and the good ones, I zap back hundreds of episodes, to soak up each and every ounce of value out of them. I will not make a post for every good episode I listen to, but if they really stand out, I will post about them here, and invite you to listen, and see what you think of them.

03
February 2014

Gavin Pickin

Dev Ops - From Mail Logs to DB Stats in a CFML Dashboard - Part 4

CFML Language, Server Admin

Welcome back to the fourth post in this mini series on how to take some Mail Logs from our qmail servers, and massage them and move them around, and finish with them on a cfml box ready to massage them a little more, and make some pretty and readable graphs and tables, to keep our Mail Servers in the good books, and off those pesky Spam Blacklists. In post onetwo and three, we found the files, identified what we wanted out of the log files, planned out how we were going to use cron to move files, reset perms, and finally grep the important stuff out of the logs, and get it ready for our cfml engine to do its thing.

31
January 2014

Gavin Pickin

Dev Ops - From Mail Logs to DB Stats in a CFML Dashboard - Part 3

Server Admin

This is our third post in this mini series. You can read the first and second posts here. We know what we want out of the log files… so lets setup the process of getting the logs moved, and get the "goods" out of them… and in a position for our CFML Agent to do its job. We want to keep separation of duties on the servers, so we have Server A with Mail running, and the log files… and we want to move them to Server B… massage them, and prep them for CFML. So lets setup our cron jobs on Server A.

30
January 2014

Gavin Pickin

Dev Ops - From Mail Logs to DB Stats in a CFML Dashboard - Part 2

Server Admin

In the first post in this series, I mentioned that lately I have had a lot more Dev Ops duties than in the past. I am sharing my process as I try and solve a problem, keeping up with our qmail Mail Logs, to look for potential risky behavior, because our Servers get blacklisted. I'm using a few technologies, with the end goal, getting the log data in a useable format for ColdFusion / Railo CFML to crunch the data, and make it look pretty in a CFML Dashboard. Read the first post here to get up to speed.

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