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Web Server Setup Instructions - Preface

Preface and Disclaimer

Note: Installation packages for web servers are available that run smoothly on the majority of computer configurations. However, setting up a web server is not a trivial task, and should not be handled by a novice without guidance. Please realize that you are exposing a portion of your computer to anybody who has access to the internet. Security is a complicated matter that people make careers out of, and security holes are periodically discovered in even the best web servers. Plan on checking regularly for updates and/or security fixes. With this in mind, these instructions are provided as a quick reference only. Non-technical users are advised to consult a systems administrator for assistance. We are not responsible for any damage, loss, nor compromise of information caused by an improperly configured server.

Instructions are provided here for installing the Apache web server on a Windows-based computer with the basic default settings. Apache is free, open source, and runs on multiple platforms -- which helps explain why it is currently the most popular web server on the Internet today. While Apache can be run on Windows 95, 98, or ME, these are operating systems intended for the home user and not a production environment, so these operating systems are not officially supported by Apache. The documentation for Apache (http://httpd.apache.org) is extensive and far more detailed that what you will find here.

Step 1 - Preparing your computer (server) for installation

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Last edited by Chih Long Liu on January 17, 2007