Posts Tagged: howto

So at the moment we’re completing a project that included migrating an existing Microsoft Sharepoint Project Server environment implementation to a different server environment with a different URL. Our goal was to get rid of the /pwa part and create an http://projects.domain.local/businessunit URL. We have read a lot about this on the internet. A lot of peope saying it’s not advised to do so, it cannot be done etc. etc. No straightforward manual how to accomplish this. Even our consulting partner said it couldn’t be done.

So in this article I’m writing how it can be done and which errors we faced. You do need Sharepoint and Project Server knowledge cause I will not include screenshots etc. If you start using this article I’m assuming you have the knowledge to create a content database and add a managed path.

At this moment I’m attending a Red Hat Enterprise Linux system admin training which I must say is very interesting. I’ve always been interested in Linux but as a Windows minded admin never took the time to really learn it up until now. And I must say: LINUX ROCKS. In the past I ran into some hard-to-troubleshoot problems with Linux based systems and it’s nice to realize that things are now getting clearer. So I tought it would be a good idea to write a few tutorials for my blog, starting with the basics. How to install a CentOS (which is exactely the same as Red Hat Enterprise (only it lacks the enterprise support)) webserver which you can then use to host apps (like SickBeard/CouchPotato/Headphones/maybe some nzb-indexers (I’m full of ideas!!). I even took the time to take a lot of screenshots. So let’s start!

In some cases it’s necessary to create a pfx file which contains the root and intermediate certificates. We have an application that will not accept the certificate without the certificate chain in there. So here’s how to make that work.

In this article I’m going to show you the commands you need to convert your .PFX Certificate file to a seperate certificate and keyfile. This article can come in handy when you need to import your certificates on devices like Cisco routers/loadbalancers etc. where you probably need to import the certificates and keyfiles in plain text (unencrypted). My tool of choice (but there might be others) is OpenSSL for Windows, which can be downloaded here

Most IT guys (like me) are always wasting our precious and limited time implementing stuff we don’t really need. Just to test, and get things to work. This setup is absolutely one of those things. For my demo environment I’m the proud owner of a HP Professional workstation which runs XenServer and a Synology Diskstation DS209+II. So with that kind of hardware it cannot be hard to build a nice failover cluster 😎