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 Building an Open Source Web Server using Apache and  Linux

  Course Code: PE-105

Apache is the most popular Web server used on the internet. It is Open Source software and works well with other Open Source software such as Linux and MySQL. This course shows how to set up a simple Apache Web server under Linux and how to enhance it into a fully functional commercial web server capable of supporting sophisticated Web sites.

On Completion You Will Be Able To

  • Set up an Apache Web server under Linux
  • Add static and dynamic modules to Apache
  • Enable Web server logging and perform log file analysis
  • Authenticate users by hostname and by username and password
  • Implement dynamic content using CGI, PHP and Perl
  • Integrate Apache with the Tomcat servlet and JSP engine
  • Set up a secure Web site with http and SSL
  • Manage Web site content with FTP or WebDAV
  • Set up Virtual Hosting
Who Should Attend

Web site administrators, Web masters or anyone wishing to set up or maintain a Web server.


A working knowledge of UNIX is required, including file handling commands and the use of a text editor.
A working knowledge of HTML and SQL would be useful.
Familiarity with the Mozilla Web browser would be useful.

 Course Content

Apache Fundamentals
  • What is a web server?
  • Apache and the Web
  • HTTP overview
  • Apache Installation Overview
  • Lab: Install Apache
Server Configuration
  • Web site requirements
  • Performance issues
  • Apache configuration file
  • Apache modules
  • Shared versus built in modules
  • Lab: Set up a simple Web site
  • Error Logs
  • Enabling transfer logs
  • Customised logging
  • Log filters
  • Log file analysis tools
  • Log file management
  • Lab: Enable logging
Dynamic Content
  • Server status and info
  • Common Gateway Interface
  • Perl and mod_perl
  • PHP
  • Java servlets, JSP and Tomcat
  • Integrating Apache and Tomcat
  • Lab: Enable several forms of dynamic content
  • Controlling access by hostname and IP address
  • Using mod_auth password authentication
  • Using database authentication
  • Lab: Enable authentication and access control
  • Web security issues
  • The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
  • Certificates
  • Lab: Install Apache with SSL
Virtual Hosting
  • IP bases virtual hosting
  • Name based virtual hosting
  • Port based virtual hosting
  • Bulk virtual hosting
  • Virtual hosting with mod_rewrite
  • Lab: Enable virtual hosting
Other Modules
  • Guided tour of other Apache modules
Managing Web Content
  • FTP access
  • WebDAV
  • Lab: Using WebDAV

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