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From David Blomstrom <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Newbie
Date Mon, 09 Jun 2003 21:32:01 GMT
I asked, "If I install Apache server software, will it replace the IIS 
server that comes with Microsoft XP, or will I have two servers that I can 
choose between? How much damage could I do if I make a  mistake while 
installing it? I wondered if I might not be able to preview my webpages if 
I make a mistake installing Apache."

Joshua replied, "You can install both servers with no problem.  But only 
one server can listen to each IP-Address/Port combination.  So if you want 
to run them both at the same time, you'll need to set one of them to a 
non-standard port.  (In apache, you can do this with the Listen directive.)"

Thanks for the feedback; it helps a lot, though I'm not sure what you mean 
by running both servers at the same time. Do servers run in the background 
automatically, similar to anti-virus software? Or do they only run when 
you're previewing webpages?

If they run automatically, then IIS is running on my computer right now, 
and if I download and install Apache on Drive C, it will start running 
automatically, too - right?

So the next step is to set either Apache or IIS to a non-standard port? And 
if I screw something up or can't figure out how to use Apache, I'd just 
remove Apache from my hard drive, and IIS would kick in again?

Finally, if I had both servers running at once, and I wanted to preview a 
web page (I use both Dreamweaver and FrontPage), would I then choose which 
server I want to use to preview the page?


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