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DotNetNuke 6 Hosting - ASPHosPortal :: Upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0

clock Maart 27, 2012 07:18 by author Jervis

DotNetNuke is a content management based on Microsoft's .Net Technology that allow non-technical users to create, modify and customize the appearance and working of their websites. DotNetNuke Corp recently released DotNetNuke 6 that allows much more simplified user interface and increases productivity by making it much easier for the user to build and maintain websites.

In this tutorial we will walk you through a detailed step-by-step process to how to download and upgrade existing DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to the latest version, DotNetNuke 6.0.


Before formally starting the process let us make this very clear that it is possible for the user to directly upgrade DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0. Most of the tutorials published over the internet would suggest that it is either not possible or requires to install number of enhancement packages to directly upgrade DotNetNuke 6, which is fortunately not the case. Many would suggest to go step-by-step from DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to 5.5 and then to DotNetNuke 6.0. Here we will show with the help of screenshots that if you have IIS configured properly and have all matching specifications then there is no issue in upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0 using the platform of Windows 7.


Specifications:

In this tutorial we are assuming that:


- Users have Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 or SQL Express.

- Currently using DotNetNuke 4.9.5 on Windows 7. It should be noted that DotNetNuke 4.9.5 is perfectly workable on Windows 7.
- Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) 5+, IIS 7 are recommended.
- Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 ( can be obtained via Windows Update).

Before starting the upgrade process you must, as always, first create a backup of the website and the database. Never ever try to upgrade DotNetNuke on live site without creating the backup. There are number of ways that can be used to create backup for your website. We will elaborate few most common and easy methods to create backups.


Database backup:

As you can see in the screen shot that we are using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2008. To have a backup of your existing database navigate to your specific database in Enterprise Manager, right click on the database and select "All Tasks" >> “Backup" and save the “.bak” file at a secure location.




SQL Backup to app_data:


One common method is to copy the database backup in app_data folder with ".resources" extension. The will enable you to copy the compete website including database as a single unit (zip file).


Taking your site offline:

If your site is online and have regular visitors then it is better to leave a message that will let the visitors know of any back end enhancements. All you have to do is to place "app_offline.htm" in the root directory. ASP.NET will itself display the visitor a friendly message that the website is currently under maintenance or you can edit the file to left a message that suits you. Once the upgrade is complete you can simply rename the file "app_offline.htm" to "app_offline.htm.exclude" or can even delete the file.


Upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5:

The backup has been created and we are all set to move forward with the upgrade process.


Downloading the upgrade package:

DotNetNuke 6 upgrade package can be downloaded from
http://www.codeplex.com/. All we need is to visit the website, search with the keyword "DotNetNuke 6" and the top most result would be the one we should be looking at. Navigate to the download tab at the top of the page and make sure that you download the latest version upgrade. For your ease here is a link that will navigate you directly to the upgrade page.



Once the upgrade package has been downloaded, the next step is to extract the contents of the ZIP archive to any local folder. Make sure to uncheck the "block option" under properties, sometime this option comes as "checked" when zip files are downloaded.


Upgrade to DotNetNuke 6:

To begin the upgrade processes we will navigate to our local root directory where the files of DotNetNuke 4.9.5 exist, “c:\inetpub\wwwroot\”, which would look like this c:\inetpub\wwwroot\dnn4\. Now we will copy all the files from the upgrade package that we have just downloaded and replace them in the directory where DotNetNuke 4.9.5 was installed “c:\inetpub\wwwroot\dnn4\”.




Running the upgrade wizard:


Once the files are replaced we are going to recall the website in the web browser or simply strike this link “
localhost/Install/Install.aspx?mode=upgrade” into your web browser.



You will realize, as can be seen in the snapshot, that the upgrade process has been triggered itself. You don’t need to do anything but to wait for few minutes until a message at the bottom shows the status as “Upgrade Complete”.




Click at the bottom to access you portal, enter your credentials and you are good to go.






Dotnetnuke has now made it easier for the users to upgrade from one version to another without facing much issue. But there might be some permission problems during the upgrade process. To overcome such scenarios make sure that you have set all the required permissions to give user full control on the website. Navigate to "Security" tab of your DNN folder under “wwwroot” directory to confirm that you have all the required permissions fully configured.


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:


- DELL Hardware

Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.

 



DotNetNuke 6 Hosting - ASPHosPortal :: Upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0

clock Maart 27, 2012 07:18 by author Jervis

DotNetNuke is a content management based on Microsoft's .Net Technology that allow non-technical users to create, modify and customize the appearance and working of their websites. DotNetNuke Corp recently released DotNetNuke 6 that allows much more simplified user interface and increases productivity by making it much easier for the user to build and maintain websites.

In this tutorial we will walk you through a detailed step-by-step process to how to download and upgrade existing DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to the latest version, DotNetNuke 6.0.


Before formally starting the process let us make this very clear that it is possible for the user to directly upgrade DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0. Most of the tutorials published over the internet would suggest that it is either not possible or requires to install number of enhancement packages to directly upgrade DotNetNuke 6, which is fortunately not the case. Many would suggest to go step-by-step from DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to 5.5 and then to DotNetNuke 6.0. Here we will show with the help of screenshots that if you have IIS configured properly and have all matching specifications then there is no issue in upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5 to DotNetNuke 6.0 using the platform of Windows 7.


Specifications:

In this tutorial we are assuming that:


- Users have Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 or SQL Express.

- Currently using DotNetNuke 4.9.5 on Windows 7. It should be noted that DotNetNuke 4.9.5 is perfectly workable on Windows 7.
- Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) 5+, IIS 7 are recommended.
- Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1 ( can be obtained via Windows Update).

Before starting the upgrade process you must, as always, first create a backup of the website and the database. Never ever try to upgrade DotNetNuke on live site without creating the backup. There are number of ways that can be used to create backup for your website. We will elaborate few most common and easy methods to create backups.


Database backup:

As you can see in the screen shot that we are using Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 2008. To have a backup of your existing database navigate to your specific database in Enterprise Manager, right click on the database and select "All Tasks" >> “Backup" and save the “.bak” file at a secure location.




SQL Backup to app_data:


One common method is to copy the database backup in app_data folder with ".resources" extension. The will enable you to copy the compete website including database as a single unit (zip file).


Taking your site offline:

If your site is online and have regular visitors then it is better to leave a message that will let the visitors know of any back end enhancements. All you have to do is to place "app_offline.htm" in the root directory. ASP.NET will itself display the visitor a friendly message that the website is currently under maintenance or you can edit the file to left a message that suits you. Once the upgrade is complete you can simply rename the file "app_offline.htm" to "app_offline.htm.exclude" or can even delete the file.


Upgrading DotNetNuke 4.9.5:

The backup has been created and we are all set to move forward with the upgrade process.


Downloading the upgrade package:

DotNetNuke 6 upgrade package can be downloaded from
http://www.codeplex.com/. All we need is to visit the website, search with the keyword "DotNetNuke 6" and the top most result would be the one we should be looking at. Navigate to the download tab at the top of the page and make sure that you download the latest version upgrade. For your ease here is a link that will navigate you directly to the upgrade page.



Once the upgrade package has been downloaded, the next step is to extract the contents of the ZIP archive to any local folder. Make sure to uncheck the "block option" under properties, sometime this option comes as "checked" when zip files are downloaded.


Upgrade to DotNetNuke 6:

To begin the upgrade processes we will navigate to our local root directory where the files of DotNetNuke 4.9.5 exist, “c:\inetpub\wwwroot\”, which would look like this c:\inetpub\wwwroot\dnn4\. Now we will copy all the files from the upgrade package that we have just downloaded and replace them in the directory where DotNetNuke 4.9.5 was installed “c:\inetpub\wwwroot\dnn4\”.




Running the upgrade wizard:


Once the files are replaced we are going to recall the website in the web browser or simply strike this link “
localhost/Install/Install.aspx?mode=upgrade” into your web browser.



You will realize, as can be seen in the snapshot, that the upgrade process has been triggered itself. You don’t need to do anything but to wait for few minutes until a message at the bottom shows the status as “Upgrade Complete”.




Click at the bottom to access you portal, enter your credentials and you are good to go.






Dotnetnuke has now made it easier for the users to upgrade from one version to another without facing much issue. But there might be some permission problems during the upgrade process. To overcome such scenarios make sure that you have set all the required permissions to give user full control on the website. Navigate to "Security" tab of your DNN folder under “wwwroot” directory to confirm that you have all the required permissions fully configured.


Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.


You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:


- DELL Hardware

Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.

 



DotNetNuke 6 Hosting - ASPHostPortal :: How to Make Secure a DotNetNuke Installation

clock Maart 6, 2012 06:36 by author Jervis

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.

Why Hashed Instead of Encrypted?

This is a pretty common question that I get from people and the short, simple answer is with regards to how the passwords can be used. If you have Encrypted passwords, it is possible to retrieve the users current password and e-mail it to them. It is equally as easy for any custom module to read the passwords of user accounts with a simple API call.


Hashing the passwords uses a forward-only method to store the passwords in a secure pattern, and when users login the same hashing process is used to validate the password, rather than decrypting the password and comparing it. Additionally when hashed password resets from the core will send users a new password, which helps to reduce the risk exposed by sending passwords via e-mail in that at least you are not potentially giving away a users "common" password.

Where Is This Configured?

The configuration of the Membership system is done in the web.config, and a default DotNetNuke configuration section looks like this.

<add name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider"
    type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider"
    connectionStringName="SiteSqlServer"
    enablePasswordRetrieval="true"
    enablePasswordReset="true" r
    requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false"
    minRequiredPasswordLength="7"
    minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="0"
    requiresUniqueEmail="false"
    passwordFormat="Encrypted"
    applicationName="DotNetNuke" />

 The property we are concerned with is the "passwordFormat" field as well as the "enablePasswordRetrieval" property. We need to be concerned with both, as it isn't possible to 'retreive' your password when they are hashed, so failing to change both properties will result in errors.

How/When to Make the Change

Now, on the surface this looks like a really simple change, update two values, and we are done, right? Well it isn't quite so easy as there are a number of things you need to look at, so I'll discuss the actual change and situations to consider.

The Change

For all scenarios the changes are the same, enablePasswordRetrieval should be set to false and passwordFormat should be set to "Hashed". As with any change of this nature, be sure to take a full site and database backup, just in case it doesn't workout as planned.

New Installs - Before Installation

When working with a new install, if you make the changes noted above BEFORE you run the install wizard, you will have a portal setup from the beginning with the proper configuration. This way is the most preferred as it is simple, quick, and doesn't expose you to any risks at all. Once the portal is installed, simply use as you would normally.

New Installs - Limited User Base

If you have a newer installation but don't yet have a large number of users on the system you can still make the change, your existing users will be able to login to the portal, but their passwords will forever be in the "Encrypted" state. (Per my testing). Once you make the change, it is recommended that you create "different" users for each of these user accounts, which will keep all users secure, and all users with the same password format. You can simply delete the old user accounts.

Now, as you can imagine this is not an ideal situation, so doing it before you install is the best option overall

Existing Installs - Large User Base

This conversion requires a lot more effort to change and coordinate. I have written a module that does this, but am working through issues on DNN 5.5.x and later where it isn't working as it should. Regardless, a more manual process is needed to temporarily decrypt the passwords, then one-by-one reset the user passwords back to the same thing, just hashed this time around.

Conclusion

I hope that you find this helpful. Keeping user information secure is a very important task, and this is just one way that we can help keep things secure.

Reasons why you must trust ASPHostPortal.com

Every provider will tell you how they treat their support, uptime, expertise, guarantees, etc., are. Take a close look. What they’re really offering you is nothing close to what
ASPHostPortal does. You will be treated with respect and provided the courtesy and service you would expect from a world-class web hosting business.

You’ll have highly trained, skilled professional technical support people ready, willing, and wanting to help you 24 hours a day. Your web hosting account servers are monitored from three monitoring points, with two alert points, every minute, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The followings are the list of other added- benefits you can find when hosting with us:


-
DELL Hardware
Dell hardware is engineered to keep critical enterprise applications running around the clock with clustered solutions fully tested and certified by Dell and other leading operating system and application providers.
- Recovery Systems
Recovery becomes easy and seamless with our fully managed backup services. We monitor your server to ensure your data is properly backed up and recoverable so when the time comes, you can easily repair or recover your data.

- Control Panel
We provide one of the most comprehensive customer control panels available. Providing maximum control and ease of use, our Control Panel serves as the central management point for your ASPHostPortal account. You’ll use a flexible, powerful hosting control panel that will give you direct control over your web hosting account. Our control panel and systems configuration is fully automated and this means your settings are configured automatically and instantly.

- Excellent Expertise in Technology
The reason we can provide you with a great amount of power, flexibility, and simplicity at such a discounted price is due to incredible efficiencies within our business. We have not just been providing hosting for many clients for years, we have also been researching, developing, and innovating every aspect of our operations, systems, procedures, strategy, management, and teams. Our operations are based on a continual improvement program where we review thousands of systems, operational and management metrics in real-time, to fine-tune every aspect of our operation and activities. We continually train and retrain all people in our teams. We provide all people in our teams with the time, space, and inspiration to research, understand, and explore the Internet in search of greater knowledge. We do this while providing you with the best hosting services for the lowest possible price.

- Data Center

ASPHostPortal modular Tier-3 data center was specifically designed to be a world-class web hosting facility totally dedicated to uncompromised performance and security
- Monitoring Services
From the moment your server is connected to our network it is monitored for connectivity, disk, memory and CPU utilization – as well as hardware failures. Our engineers are alerted to potential issues before they become critical.

- Network
ASPHostPortal has architected its network like no other hosting company. Every facet of our network infrastructure scales to gigabit speeds with no single point of failure.

- Security
Network security and the security of your server are ASPHostPortal’s top priorities. Our security team is constantly monitoring the entire network for unusual or suspicious behavior so that when it is detected we can address the issue before our network or your server is affected.

- Support Services
Engineers staff our data center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to manage the network infrastructure and oversee top-of-the-line servers that host our clients’ critical sites and services.





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