Apache Essentials Install, Configure, Maintain

ISBN-10: 1590593553

ISBN-13: 9781590593554

Edition: 2004

Authors: Darren James Harkness, Jon Steer

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'Apache Essentials' shows readers how to install, configure and maintain an Apache web server, and will be of interest both to web developers and designers who want to install one from scratch and those who want to configure and use Apache servers hosted by third party companies.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 9/21/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

About the Author
About the Technical Reviewer
Acknowledgments
Introduction to Apache
How does a web server work?
The Hypertext Transfer Protocol
A brief history of Apache
Why should I choose Apache over Internet Information Server?
A proven track record of security
Performance
Flexibility
The bottom line: Cost
What to know before installing Apache
How popular is the site? How does this translate into hits per month, day, and hour?
What scripting environments (Perl, PHP, ASP, JSP) are currently being used for the website?
How large is the website, and how long do I want to keep server logs for?
Who do I want to have access to the web server?
Which operating system should I use?
Linux
Pros
Cons
Windows
Pros
Cons
The bottom line
Where do I get Apache?
Should I install from source or binary?
Which version of Apache should I use?
Summing it up
Installing Apache
Before you begin
Requirements
Windows users
Set up your firewall
Important note for Mac OS X users
Source or binary?
The source, Luke
Taking the path less traveled
The benefit of binary
A note for Windows users
Choosing the right package for your operating system
How to configure Apache by editing the configuration files
Where to find Apache's configuration files
Where do the files for the website go?
Summing it up
Basic Directives
Server-level configuration
httpd.conf
access.conf and srm.conf
access.conf
srm.conf
mime.types
Directory-level configuration
Server types
Configuring a domain
Basic configuration
Directory options
Configuring user directories
Loading the mod_userdir module
Configuring and mod_userdir module
Configuring the user directories
Changing the default index file
Rewriting URLs
Rewriting URLs at the server level
Example
Rewriting URLs at the directory level
An alternative to mod_rewrite
Redirecting URLs to an external web server
Creating custom error messages
Example: useit.com
ErrorDocument syntax
Redirecting to external error documents
Authenticating users through Apache
Basic configuration
Configuring access based on IP address
Example: Restricting access to an intranet directory
Adding new file types
Configuring mime.types
Including external configuration files
Applying changes
Summing it up
Virtual Hosts
DNS configuration
To configure BIND (Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X)
Sample BIND configuration
To configure DNS on Windows 2000/XP
Apache configuration
Name-based vs. IP-based virtual hosting
Configuring Apache
Sample Apache configuration
[left angle bracket]VirtualHost[greater angle bracket]
ServerAdmin
DocumentRoot
ServerName and ServerAlias
ErrorLog and CustomLog
ScriptAlias
Using separate configuration files
Summing it up
Modules
What modules are installed by default?
mod_env.c
mod_log_config.c
mod_mime.c
mod_negotiation.c
mod_include.c
mod_autoindex.c
mod_dir.c
mod_isapi.c
mod_cgi.c
mod_asis.c
mod_imap.c
mod_actions.c
mod_userdir.c
mod_alias.c
mod_access.c
mod_auth.c
mod_so.c
mod_setenvif.c
Where do I find modules?
How do I install modules?
AddModule
LoadModule
AddType
Configuring the module
Recommended modules
mod_rewrite and mod_alias
mod_throttle
Summing it up
Scripting Languages & Server Side Includes
Configuring Apache for Perl
Configuring Apache for PHP
Running PHP on a Windows server
Installing PHP as an Apache module under Windows
Server Side Includes
Configuring Server Side Includes in Apache
SSI syntax
How to break up your files
Additional SSI commands
Summing it up
Secure Web (Secure Sockets Layer)
What is Secure Sockets Layer?
A note before we go any further
Where do I get SSL?
Certificates
Install a certificate from a Certificate Authority
Create a new certificate
Become your own Certificate Authority
Get started
Generate the CA private key
Create a public CA certificate
Sign your own certificates
The sign.sh script
Apache configuration
Create a separate configuration file
Load the SSL module
Configure the SSL server
Using IfDefine and IfModule sections
Configure the global options
Configure the secure server
Secure Sockets Layer or Transport Layer Security?
Installing a Certificate Authority public key
Summing it up
Log Files
Before you begin
Error.log
Configuring the error log
access.log
Formatting the access log
Combined logs
Multiple log files
Conditional log files
Reading the log
Where can I find Apache's log files?
Configuring Apache logs
Log files for virtual hosts
split-logfile
Rotating log files
How to configure log rotation
Piped logs
Reading archived log files
What do I do with all these access logs?
Using log-analysis programs
Analog
Webalizer
WebTrends
Creating custom scripts
Troubleshooting with Apache
Tracking down 404 errors and learning why they occur
Summing it up
Sample Apache Configurations
Basic Apache configuration (with PHP)
Sample httpd.conf configuration file
Slashdotted!
Sample httpd.conf configuration file
Protected intranet directory
Sample httpd.conf file
Running virtual hosts
Sample httpd.conf configuration file
Compressed HTTP sessions
Sample httpd.conf configuration file
Summing it up
Resources
Afterword: You Are an Apache Guru
Index
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