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Windows 2012 hosting is almost upon us!

StudioCoast has been testing out Windows 2012 this week in anticipation of deployment in the next week or two. Our new Windows 2012 servers will introduce ASP.NET 4.5 to our hosting network and include the new features that come with IIS8.

Windows 2012 and IIS8 will be available on all of our shared hosting plans. If you are an existing customer and would like to move your site when it’s available, just submit a support request. If you would like to be notified when our Windows 2012 hosting will be available please leave us a message on our contact page or give us a call and we will let you know as soon as possible.

Windows 2012 also provides exciting new features for the Hyper-V platform which will allow us to offer some new products such as replication services.

FTP 7 Passive Firewall Setup

Just a quick note on FTP 7, the new FTP server software for Windows Server 2008.

A guide I found on iis.net describes setting up passive port ranges and opening them up in the firewall one by one.

I have found an alternative method which I think is a lot easier to setup:

1. Open up Windows Firewall with Advanced Security from Administrative Tools
2. Right click Inbound Rules and select New Rule
3. Select the Custom Rule option and click next.
4. Select All Programs and then click Customize next to Services
5. Select Apply to this service and select from the list Microsoft FTP Service
6. For all the next steps simply click Next accepting the defaults.
7. For the name call it something like "Microsoft FTP Firewall Access"
8. Click Finish

Enjoy!

Note: this rule allows access to any ports the FTP Service opens. This is usually port 21, and any passive ports it opens for client connections.

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