Changing the Location of the ColdFusion 2016 Webroot

Alrighty. First blog post of the year (and for a while). Better late than never right? So Adobe have slipped their newest version of ColdFusion, ColdFusion 2016, into the wild. My opinion of it is kind of meh. After participating in the pre-release, I’ve realized there’s really nothing in it for me that would make me switch. I have one client on ColdFusion 11 and if I was to move them any which way in the CFML world, it’d probably be in the direction of Lucee; which is what all of my other projects use. [Read More]

A Brief Look at the Rewrite Valve in Tomcat 8

Recently I learned that Tomcat 8 has its own built in approach to handling URL rewriting to achieve things like SES (pretty) URLs. Personally I do URL rewrites from Nginx, as it’s the forward facing web server and proxy to all of my Lucee apps that live in Tomcat; but, for the sake of learning, I wanted to take a look at what it had to offer. Setting it up… Reading through the Tomcat 8 Rewrite Docs, I was delighted to see that they use a similar approach to syntax as Apache’s Mod_Rewrite so the learning curve of writing actual rewrites is minimal to anyone who’s worked with Apache in the past. [Read More]

Railo / Tomcat 8 Error & Solution For (A child container failed during start)

I noticed a few days ago that a new update for Apache Tomcat 8 was released (8.0.15). Today I decided to go ahead and update my server but ran into a minor hiccup when trying to access my websites tied to Railo. Usually, updating Tomcat 8 with one of it’s minors is pretty straight forward. Download the new version, unzip and swap out the JAR files in the “lib” folder and restart Railo/Tomcat. [Read More]

Fixing Slow Railo Startup Running on Tomcat 8

Over the last week++ I have been taking on the role of Server Admin. I by no means consider myself to be one, let alone good at it; but, since I manage my own VPS through Viviotech, it has deeply become a necessity where there comes that time when I need to be that guy. Quite often more than less. My situation… As of late I’ve been battling frequent occurrences where my server gets brought to it’s knees from hits by various bots; among other things. [Read More]