Web Server Installation and Maintenance - Introduction

James D. Keeline <James@Keeline.com>

Fall 2002 Schedule
Introduction 6 Wednesdays,
9/4-10/9 Aero 130
Introduction 5 Fridays,
9/6-10/4 Aero 130

The purpose of this class is to introduce the Apache web server running on the Red Hat distribution of the Linux operating system.  Basic familiarity with the Internet is essential for success in this course.  In this course, we will use Red Hat Linux version 7.3 and the Apache web server version 1.3.23.

Since Linux is essentially self-documenting and there are many good resources on the Internet, no specific textbook will be used in this class.  However, if you would like to purchase a reference, some good ones are:

Some of the web resources we will use are:

Red Hat Linux:
Apache Web Server:
Vi Editor:
Virtual Hosting:
Bash Programming:

Planned Topics:

Day 1
  1. Register for Class
  2. Take Class Survey
  3. Assign user accounts
  4. Describe how to log in from home via Secure Shell (SSH)
  5. What is a server?
  6. How does Linux compare with Unix?
  7. Basic Linux commands: whoami, pwd, echo
  8. Linux file system organization
  9. More Linux commands: ls, more, cat, less, cd,
  10. Writing simple programs with vi for bash shell
  11. Linux is self-documenting

Day 2
  1. Installation of Red Hat Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP (LAMP)

Day 3
  1. Review of Apache configuration file sections 1 and 2
  2. Use mod_auth directives in a .htaccess file to restrict access to a web directory to those who can supply a correct user name and password

Day 4
  1. Introduction to Domain Name Services and Virtual Hosting including section 3 of the Apache configuration file

Days 5 and 6 (if scheduled) Possible topics depending on time and interest
  1. Basic web server security using Tripwire
  2. Detection of hacking attempts via logfiles (CodeRed, Nimda)
  3. Use of sudo vs. su for commands which require root access
  4. Basic Bash script programming to facilitate system administration
  5. Configuration and use for Secure Socket Layers
  6. Web-based and graphical configuration tools
  7. Analog web statistics package