Andrew Hoefling

Speaker | Mentor | Coder | Leader

Using Windows Server Core has some big advantages and to our business the advantage is performance since there is no desktop experience. This makes configuring anything you do more complicated if you are not familiar with the equivelent commands in PowerShell. As you would expect there is no way to use the IIS Wizard for completing a Certificate Request and installing the correct certificates needed to server SSL traffic. With a few commands you will have your traffic ready to be served over SSL with Cloudflare.

I was helping my friend Clint Patterson deploy a new DNN website and recommended that we enforce HTTPS even though for the small website he really didn’t need it. With the ease of tools such as CloudFlare it is really easy to set up and enforce https which not only makes your site secure but makes your users feel comfortable with the lock icon displaying in the browser.

On my Xamarin.Forms project I am using an Untrusted Certificate (SSL) just for development on my local machine and with the development servers. This has caused several headaches and issues while trying to code around it on VPN. The latest issue that has popped up was exceptions being thrown regarding untrusted certificates when trying to access images off of the development server.