Remember the routing if you want to reverse-proxy on a Sitecore site

Ever been asked to set up a Reverse Proxy to allow a particular URL on your website to fetch its content from a site somewhere else? It’s not an uncommon requirement, but it seems to cause some configuration challenges too. Having been drafted in to solve some issues with just such a setup recently, here’s a quick description of the stuff I need to remember next time I get this job: Continue reading

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Disk problems with Windows Server Essentials

Ages ago I wrote myself some notes on setting up Windows Server Essentials on Intel NUC hardware. Recently I did an upgrade on one of these machines, and ended up in a world of pain. Google was very thin on information to help me try and sort this out, so I figured this needed writing up… Continue reading

Minecraft launcher hangs on startup?

I’ve been reinstalling some PCs recently, and one of them is the machine I play games on in front of the TV. My eldest child still enjoys a bit of Minecraft every so often, so I needed to put that back on my freshly formatted machine – but this proved more difficult than I was expecting.

I’m pretty sure I must have encountered this issue before, but since googling failed to find my blog, I seem to have failed to write the solution down last time 😉 So, in order to save my future self working this out for third time… Continue reading

Issues with Invoke-Webrequest and IE on servers

I’ve been doing some work with Release Management in Visual Studio Online recently. Overall it’s been a pretty positive experience, but there was one face-palm inducing moment I came across which needs writing down so I don’t fall into the same trap next time I have to do this. When you’re working with local release agents, you mustn’t forget the security settings that your agent’s server is configured with… Continue reading

Windows Server Essentials being difficult again…

The other day I realised that my home server hadn’t sent me it’s daily “Health Report” email. Having done the usual simple test of “is the server up?” and “what happens if I reboot it?”, I ended up digging through the Event Log and Google to work out what was wrong. In case this happens to me again, or happens to you, here’s what I found: Continue reading

Be careful when you secure your HTTPS ciphers

One of the big things in IT security in recent times has been the successful attacks black-hats have launched against the infrastructure of cryptography. As we all come to rely on encrypted communications more and more, the vulnerabilities in old ciphers have become more of a problem to us developers and administrators. Vulnerabilities like Drown and Poodle are just two examples of a trend which means we all now have to worry about how our crypto is configured before we allow the internet to see a server.

But whenever you tie down security more tightly you risk causing problems when software relies on the thing you’ve just disabled…

I spent some time recently investigating why certain aspects of the Coveo for Sitecore search framework were broken on a client’s server, and the answer ended up being directly related to crypto security. Here’s what happened: Continue reading