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Migrate SSL certs from IIS to Apache

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Migrating away from IIS feels like taking a breath of air on a cool, crisp morning - it is thoroughly invigorating and refreshes your entire body^H^H^H^Hserver. Aside from the basic site configuration, the only tricky part is getting the SSL certificates out of IIS and into Apache. As it turns out there are only a few short steps - export the certificate out of IIS, run three commands in DOS and then hook 'em up in your httpd.conf! Pretty easy, as Pete Freitag explains the steps. After doing this for five domains today, I can tell you that it works and is really pretty painless, much less painless than renewing certificates in IIS.

Apache commercial support

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Many corporations require that all software used have a commercial support structure available to cope with worst-case scenarios. Typically many open-source applications in use today don't have support available from the core development team, and the ubiquitous Apache HTTPd web server is no different. To the rescue is the company Covalent who can provide not only support for several of the Apache products but also make a customized bundle available of Apache HTTPd, Tomcat and several other applications. Obviously this support is not going to be free, but if you need it they're worth giving at try.

Goldberg - turn-key user auth & CMS for Rails

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One of Rails' most commonly mentioned faults is the lack of a turn-key user authentication & content management system as part of the standard install. While a good point, there are a number of open-source projects that have stepped up to the plate to fill this gap. After looking around for some time I've found one which I suspect I'll be using often: Goldberg. Though not the most feature rich, Goldberg does the basics well - user authentication, user access controls, a basic CMS for handling static pages, which is all wrapped up in an easily extensible structure. Well worth trying out.

Apache+SSL for Windows

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There's a site called Apache Lounge that has put together a collection of binary files for Apache for Windows. What's notable about these is the inclusion of the SSL module, which the Apache Foundation don't distribute in their Windows binaries anymore. Along with the core Apache install they also have some some plugins/modules for Apache that are worth using - a log rotator (so that the traffic log doesn't fill your drive), an interesting looking security plugin, and updated plugins for PHP and Perl. Well worth keeping an eye (and a bookmark) on if you use Apache on Windows.

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