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R&R Contractors NW – Site Launch

I had the pleasure of working with Ryan Ashley owner of RR Contractors NW on a website and marketing project. R&R Contractors NW is a general construction contracting company located in Yakima Washington. Where they provide various types of construction like remodels, building, concrete and excavation to private and commercial customers. The website can be found here. https://rrcontractorsnw.com/ Ryan sent tons of pictures of his work and a logo that…

NameCheap for Email is…

Only recently start tinkering with Namecheap email and it looks good enough to pass the sniff test. I’m going to move some email services to their platform and try it out. Right off the bat I noticed their setup for 3rd part DNS providers seemed a little weak but I found this link. It has everything you need to get Auto Discover and what not working. https://www.namecheap.com/support/knowledgebase/article.aspx/1340/2176/namecheap-private-email-records-for-domains-with-thirdparty-dns/

WordPress upgrade problems

There’s a lot going on. I Changed VPS hosts. I upgraded Ubuntu from 14 to 18, of course PHP and a slough of other shit. Then of course upgraded from WordPress 4.6 to 5.2. Been dealing with various random issues. Here are a couple from today. Installed LetsEncrypt and SSLd off my hosted sites.   1. LetsEncrypt WordPress Site This is pretty straight forward. Console in to your server and…

Reference Apache Commands

Here’s a list of Apache commands and operations.   Load & Unload Apache sites (Explicitly name the *.conf file if needed) a2ensite /etc/apache2/sites-available/* a2dissite /etc/apache2/sites-available/*   Recycle Apache (Compared to service apache2 restart init.d gives a return indication) /etc/init.d/httpd restart /etc/init.d/httpd start /etc/init.d/httpd stop   List all apache .conf apache2ctl -S  

How to export all DNS records

Quickly Move DNS. The answer is you can’t but don’t back button yet, it only takes a few steps. Let me explain. Some DNS stuff is inherent and other stuff is referenced. For that reason it can’t be discovered 3rd party. Things like A, MX and TXT records are inherent while sub-domains are referenced. Inherent records (my name for it) can be looked up using things like MXToolbox.com. Or dig a Nix command…

GoDaddy or NoDaddy

Full disclosure, I never recommend GoDaddy to anyone, EVER! I think they spend more on Superbowl commercials than infrastructure. Here’s a chat transcript with a GoDaddy Support Rep. I had an A Record configured and the IP kept resolving to a GoDaddy IP. In the end I was offered no explanation other than, GoDaddy hosts millions of sites and it isn’t their fault.   GoDaddy Rep:  Thank you for contacting…

Error occurred in deployment step ‘Recycle IIS Application Pool’: The local SharePoint server is not available.

For security and availability purposes we’ve moved away from using the SharePoint Farm account for development. Adding new devs to your farm can be pretty simple if you know what tools to use. Frist, I always add my devs to the local admin group. Second you need to run the following commands. This adds the domain user to the appropriate roles Get-SPDatabase | Where-Object {$_.WebApplication -like “SPAdministrationWebApplication”} | Add-SPShellAdmin domain\username…

Setup and Configure No-IP Solution for Azure Service Bus

NO-IP offers dynamic domain services, You can read more about dynamic domain services here. No-IP is free and you get three hostnames. You can upgrade to 25 hostnames for 20$ a year, its pretty cheap. Oh, and the free version you have to confirm your hostnames once a month. Sign-up 1. Go to NO-IP’s website and create an account. https://www.noip.com/sign-up (note: when I signed up I created my hostname) 2. Activate account. This has…

On Prim SQL to Azure Mobile Services Guide

This is not a guide, or a tutorial, this is my scratch pad for creating a hybrid cloud model that implements a 2-tier application model (Data Tier, Application Tier). This blog entry will evolve over time as the Azure tools evolve overt time. [3/14/15/] Overview Here’s a basic diagram of what I want to accomplish. <insert image diagram here> The key here is Azure Service Bus, before this you had to figure out how to ship the…