Monday, November 25, 2013

13 Easy Steps to Install IIS 7 and Setup a Static Website

IIS 7 in Windows Server 2008 is a completely different entity than it has been in the past.Why to install IIS? The most common answer is because you need a web server that is easy to configure and work with.

Finally Microsoft have created a version of IIS that will compete against Apache for functionality and performance. IIS 7 is a giant step forward for the IIS platform with the following enhancements:

Modular Design – In the past it was an all or nothing install for IIS, but not so anymore. With the ability to only load the modules that you need for server operation you increase both performance and security
New Management Interface – IIS 7 has a completely new interface that allows you to quickly and easily change the settings you need to for each site. Also in this version is the ability to edit all the website settings in a text based configuration file
Share tasks with site owners – If you are hosting multiple sites you can delegate administrative control to developers or content owners
In this article we will explore installing and enabling the basic features of IIS 7 and placing a static website into service. For this article, I will assume that you have installed Server 2008 and know how to launch Server Manager.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tab key on the keyboard not working in Windows 7

Are you having problems with your tab key in Windows 7? I know I am! My desktop machine runs Windows 7 64-bit and has been working fine for a months until a few days ago. Suddenly, the tab key would not move me to the next form field in an online form. I though it was odd, so I restarted the browser and it worked once, but then stopped randomly a little while later.
I thought it was isolated to the browser, but quickly realized I was having the same tab issue in Word, Outlook and Quickbooks. What a royal pain! I didn’t realize how much I used the tab key until it stopped working! Anyway, after doing some research and messing around with stuff, I figured out what the problem was. In this article, I’ll try to write out the different possible solutions and hopefully your tab key will start functioning properly again.
I quickly managed to rule out hardware issues like the keyboard because I switched the keyboard and still had the same problem. This issue is normally a software issue and it’s caused by other programs interfering with the keyboard input or with other programs.

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