DNN Install/Upgrade

DNN Install/Upgrade

Keeping Your DNN Website Clean: The Web.config

17 Nov

In the past 6 months I have been working on a large number of migrations from older versions of DNN to newer.  This blog post is going to be a first post in a series of posts around various activities that site administrators can do that will make future site administration easier.   Over time websites will have modules installed, modules removed, upgrades performed and other activities that can often leave lasting marks that only add confusion to things in the future.  Lets look at one area that can/should be cleaned on a regular basis and that is your web.config.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

DotNetNuke 6.x Text Editor Upgrade Issues

22 Jan

In the past 2-3 weeks I have been working on upgrading the DotNetNuke Installations on both this website and the IowaComputerGurus website and finally I can say I'm done with the upgrades.  These sites, although not that complex had a number of issues with the upgrades, some of which I have blogged about in the past, and then today a brand new oddity was discovered.  After upgrading the site everything was functional, however the text editors were behaving very unusually.  Clicking "Save" at times would not redirect you back to the page, but content would be saved.  Other times it would redirect you back to the page, but your changes were not saved.  I couldn't find any rhyme or reason behind it, so I started digging.

tags: DNN Install/Upgrade, Quick Tips

Upgrading MitchelSellers.com - A DotNetNuke Upgrade Retrospective

06 Jan

For those of you that are regular visitors to this site you most likely noticed a number of changes to the site over the past 24 hours, including a small amount of downtime.  This was caused by changes surrounding the upgrade of this site to DotNetNuke version 6.1.2.  Now, I have worked on a number of DotNetNuke upgrades over the years, and I lost count a few years back at about 300 upgrades.  This site was by-far one of the hardest upgrades that I have ever completed and in this post I will share a bit around the growing pains that were experiences throughout the process.

tags: Announcements, DNN Install/Upgrade

Securing a DotNetNuke Installation - Passwords

07 Oct

A while back I released a tool called Secure My Install that was designed to help people take existing DotNetNuke sites and change the way that they store passwords to use a more secure process.  Many people have used that module successfully to convert their sites, however, I never took the time to share the few small steps that are needed to simply "secure" your site as soon as you set it up so that you can avoid all of the hassle in the beginning.  In this post I'll walk through the simple process of changing your configuration to go from Encrypted Passwords to Hashed passwords and a bit of detail as to "why" you want to make the change.

tags: DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade, Quick Tips

DotNetNuke 5.5.1 Update and POET Security Vulnerability

27 Sep

For just a little over a week there has been a lot of buzz in the .NET and DotNetNuke community around the POET security vulnerability that was identified within the Microsoft ASP.NET technology stack.  For those of you unaware of the true details on this vulnerability I highly recommend you read the initial announcement from Scott Guthrie from Microsoft, as well as his Frequently Asked Questions post, and lastly his secondary followup posting, with a more detailed workaround.  So why do I bring this up now?  Well late last week DotNetNuke corporation released DotNetNuke 5.5.1 and in the materials that went out with that release they note that it includes a workaround fix for this vulnerability, I wanted to make sure that as always people have ALL information needed before they are doing upgrades.

 

tags: DNN, ASP.NET, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

Running DotNetNuke with .NET 4.0

27 Jul

As more and more people start working with DotNetNuke, IIS7, and .NET 4.0 it is important to note a few important potential problem areas when it comes to running DotNetNuke on the 4.0 framework.  Recently I took a DNN 5.4.4 installation and tried running it under .NET 4.0 and without modifications, it was a complete failure, in this blog posting I will show you what needs to change to allow DotNetNuke to work as expected.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

Selecting a DotNetNuke Hosting Provider 2010 Edition

26 Jul

In past blog postings I have provided what has become a bit of a "Guide to Selecting a DotNetNuke Hosting Provider." As with previous years it is about that time where there have been enough changes in the market and to DotNetNuke in general that I thought it was necessary for a 2010-2011 version of this information. In this article I will talk though the thought process that I use when working with current and potential customers to select their hosting plan, environment and provider. This document has been updated based on current information, in addition, prior to going through the recommendations below I strongly recommend reading my article “Shared, Virtual Private Server, Dedicated of Cloud Hosting” to become familiar with the different levels of hosting and also to review my "DotNetNuke Performance Configuration Best Practices" document to ensure that your DNN hosting plan is up to date.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

Potential DNN 5.2 Upgrade Issues

02 Dec

After talking with a number of clients since last week, I thought it would be worthwhile to make a post here with a formal warning regarding upgrades to DotNetNuke 5.2.  As announced at OpenForce US, DotNetNuke 5.2 contains the Telerik Controls for ASP.NET, which is a very good thing for DotNetNuke as a whole, however, it can cause massive problems for individuals that are already using the Telerik Controls as a site upgrade can end up rendering portions, or the entire site unusable, until DLL versions are restored.  In this post I will give a bit of information regarding the scenarios that I have encountered and some guidance on how to protect yourself from upgrade issues.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

Selecting a DotNetNuke Hosting Provider 2009 Edition

30 Oct

Back in May of 2008 I wrote an article “Selecting a DotNetNuke Hosting Provider Revisited”. Well, being almost a year-and-a-half later I thought it would be good to provide a 2009-2010 follow-up to the article to update based on new information, updates to hosting plans/offerings, as well as DotNetNuke performance in general. In this article I will talk though the thought process that I use when working with current and potential customers to select their hosting plan, environment and provider. This document has been updated based on current information, in addition, prior to going through the recommendations below I strongly recommend reading my article “Shared, Virtual Private Server, Dedicated of Cloud Hosting” to become familiar with the different levels of hosting.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

DotNetNuke Bulk Extension Installation

14 Oct

About two months ago, I responded to a DotNetNuke question on StackOverflow.com with regard to automating the installation of modules within the installation.  This is a question that I have seen many times, but with different business requirements and end desires, but the trend is the same, installing extensions one-by-one is an inefficient process, and with a heavily used site can cause performance issues that would impact regular traffic for an extended period of time.  This is simply because there is a delay between each install, and with each install and update to the /bin directory the application recycles.  Thankfully there is a method built into DotNetNuke that easily allows you to bulk install extensions, the rest of this article will show you how.

tags: DNN, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

How I Get My DotNetNuke Sites To Run So Fast

05 Jan

One of the most common questions that I get via the forums on this site, or via e-mail is "How do you get your sites to run so fast".  Although not perfect, my sites typically run a bit faster than your average DotNetNuke sites.  Previously I have kept the exact specifics of my changes to myself, however, with a litle encouragement from the community I have decided to share the full context of the changes that I make to a default DotNetNuke installation to get better baseline performance, as well as extra items that I do to help when I really need that "boost".

tags: DNN, Tutorials, DNN Administration, DNN Install/Upgrade

Upgrade to DotNetNuke 5.0.0 From 4.6.2 or Later

22 Dec

With the upcoming release of the final DotNetNuke 5.0.0 release it is time to get the most current upgrade guide out there.  Upgrading to DotNetNuke 5.0.0 from 4.6.2 or later will be a very simple process thanks to the streamlined upgrade features added in 4.6.2 and later versions of DotNetNuke.  The following instructions provides the steps needed to upgrade to DotNetNuke 5.0.0 frm 4.6.2 or later.

tags: DNN, Tutorials, DNN Install/Upgrade

Installing DotNetNuke 5.0.0 On Remote Host

22 Dec

This is my sixth revision of a DotNetNuke remote hosting provider installation tutorial.  This tutorial will provide you the basic overview of how to perform a clean installation of DotNetNuke 5.0.0 on a remote web hosting provider.  Please note at the time of release only the Release Candidate version of DotNetNuke is available, this version is NOT recommended for production usage.  Please be sure to use the proper version for your intended usage.  This guide will work for both the RC and the final DNN 5.0.0 version.  In the article I will try to point out the most common differences between different hosting providers, I will also be providing specific examples regarding the use of the Plesk control panel which is what my preferred hosting provider (3Essentials) uses.  All steps within this tutorial are promised to work with 3Essentials hosting, others are most likely possible, but have not been fully confirmed with the provider.  Additionally this guide is geared towards a manual instlalation at the root of the site, which is not supported by all hosting providers.

tags: DNN, Tutorials, DNN Install/Upgrade

Installing DotNetNuke 5.0.0 Locally

22 Dec

With the first full release of DotNetNuke 5.0 most likely coming sometime in the very near future I thought it was about time for an update to my standard DotNetNuke installation guides.  This installation guide is geared towards local installation on a Windows XP or Windows Server 2000-2004 server.  Installation on Vista or Server 2008 is slighly different when it comes to the IIS portion of the installation.  This guide is the ninth total revision of my installation tutorials and contains many new updates and recommendations to prevent users from experiencing difficulties when installing.  This tutorial still uses the "Automatic" installation process, this is done to help encourage the creation of a more secured DotNetNuke installation by disabling AutoUpgrade and other features that are not yet configurable via the Installation Wizard.  If enough demand is shown, I can create a tutorial for the installation wizard as well.

tags: DNN, Tutorials, DNN Install/Upgrade

Installing DotNetNuke 4.9.0 on a Remote Host

11 Sep

This is my fifth revision of a DotNetNuke remote hosting provider installation tutorial.  This tutorial will provide you the basic overview of how to perform a clean installation of DotNetNuke 4.9.0 on a remote web hosting provider.  In the article I will try to point out the most common differences between different hosting providers, I will also be providing specific examples regarding the use of the Plesk control panel which is what my preferred hosting provider (3Essentials) uses.  All steps within this tutorial are promised to work with 3Essentials hosting, others are most likely possible, but have not been fully confirmed with the provider.  Additionally this guide is geared towards a manual instlalation at the root of the site, which is not supported by all hosting providers.

tags: Tutorials, DNN Install/Upgrade

Installing DotNetNuke 4.9.0 Locally (Non-Vista)

11 Sep

Installing DotNetNuke can be somewhat difficult at times, therefore I am writing this article to give you a full step by step guide to installing DotNetNuke on a Windows XP Pro system. The instructions are similar for Windows 2000 but might vary slightly, I have tried to note as many differences as possible. Windows Vista installation is similar but requires a few different steps relating to IIS.  This guide is my eighth revision and includes additional steps and information based on feedback from previous versions.  Additionally a few new instructions and notes have been provided for users installing on Windows 2003 Server to address a few common "stumbling blocks" that have prevented successful installations.

tags: Tutorials, DNN Install/Upgrade

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