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From Craig Dunigan <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Newbe Install
Date Thu, 23 Mar 2006 23:31:54 GMT
On Thu, 23 Mar 2006, Dimitri Yioulos wrote:

> On Thursday March 23 2006 5:46 pm, serross wrote:
>> I'm new to this so please be patient.
>> I have a standalone Win XP SP2 system with dial up to the Internet which
>> I want to run the Apache web server on to test code before uploading to
>> the web. In the install directions, it says that it will ask for a
>> Network Domain, Server Name in the format |
>> How would I have this for this computer??? Wouldn't I have to have a
>> registered DNS server and a full time connection to an ISP??
>> TIA
>> SR
>> --
> Well, I haven't run apache on Windows, but the basic concepts should be the
> same as in a *nix install:
> 1) You do have to name your Web server machine.  In XP, it's as simple as
> going to System Properties via My Computer, or Control Panel | System and
> adding the computer name and domain.
> 2) You do need to register the domain name with a registrar.  The easiest for
> you might be to have your ISP create the DNS records for your Web server.
> HTH.

If all you're doing is testing code, you don't really need any of 
that, and no, you don't need a full time connection.  Ignore the 
machine name in System Properties.  When you do the install, specify 
"localhost" as the server name, nothing more.  I'm not completely 
familiar with the Apache install on Windows, so I can't be certain 
that it will allow just that.  If it doesn't you'll have to do a bit 
more work.  Edit <drive>:\Windows\system 32\drivers\etc\hosts, and 
look for the line that reads ' localhost'.  Change it to read 
' localhost', replacing 'xxx' with 
your favorite suffix (it doesn't matter which).  And yes, I left 
localhost in there twice deliberately.  Save it, and just because it's 
Windows, reboot to be on the safe side.  Then specify 
'' for the Server Name and Network Domain.

This will give you an Apache installation that will respond to all 
browser requests on that machine directed to "http://localhost" or 
"," depending on which you wound up 
with.  And, it has the added benefit of being unreachable from 
anywhere _but_ that local machine, so you have no security worries.

Craig Dunigan
IS Technical Services Specialist
Middleware - EIS - DoIT
University of Wisconsin, Madison

opinions expressed are my own, not the University's

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