How to force https on IIS webiste?

Edit web.config file in your website directory and carefully add this lines (remember to change domain name):


File: web.config
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
    <system.webServer>
        <rewrite>
            <rules>
                <rule name="Force HTTPS" stopProcessing="true">
                    <match url="^(.*)$" />
                    <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAll" trackAllCaptures="false">
                        <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="^OFF$" />
                    </conditions>
                    <action type="Redirect" url="https://website.com/{R:1}" />
                </rule>
            </rules>
        </rewrite>
    </system.webServer>
</configuration>

Brutal fix for “Incorrect string value:” error in Matomo (Piwik)

If you’re using Matomo (previously Piwik) on MS IIS and MariaDB  and you’re getting a lot of these:

[06-Jun-2018 11:56:36 UTC] Error in Matomo (tracker): Error query: SQLSTATE[22007]: Invalid datetime format: 1366 Incorrect string value: '\xC3_\xC6\x92\xC3\x82...' for column 'name' at row 1 In query: INSERT INTO matomo_log_action (name, hash, type, url_prefix) VALUES (?,CRC32(?),?,?) Parameters: array (   0 => 'website.com/Ă_ƒÂ¢',   1 => 'website.com/Ă_ƒÂ¢',   2 => 1,   3 => 1, )

You can use my fix (because literally nothing that can be found in the internet is helpful in this case).

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PHP reading problem with files larger than 2 GB

If you’ll ever have problem with opening (fopen) and reading (fread) files larger than 2 GB in your PHP script. Check your version of scripting engine. In my case switching to 64 bit solved the problem. Please mind that this error is very hard to debug because PHP does not log anything (same as MS IIS) in such case. It simply resets client connection…

How to remove unwanted HTTP Response Headers in IIS 7.5

Hiding server software is one of ways to protect your services from hackers. It’s quite easy to obscure IIS identity. In few steps I’ll show you how to accomplish this task on WIMP stack.

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