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From Dondi Williams <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Unique Home Page
Date Tue, 21 Apr 2009 13:20:40 GMT
Got it and thanks for all the replies.

I always find it whimsical to hear, learn, and see if I am on the same path
as the "experts". I know about the profiles, but was searching for possible
alternative methods to solve this issue.


On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM, André Warnier <> wrote:

> Dondi Williams wrote:
>> This EXACTLY what I need....
>>  Ok, and did you read what else I wrote before, about the user profiles ?
> It probably works with Firefox also.
> That is really the easiest way.
> There exists no other way to have Apache *automatically* know about the
> current *Windows user-id*, than to implement some kind of "Windows
> authentication" scheme for both the browser and Apache.
> (the emphasis is for the other contributors here)
> That normally means NTLM-based authentication, and that would mean that you
> have at least a full-fledged Windows network set up, with a Windows Domain,
> a Domain Controller, etc..
> I believe that this is much more than you are willing, or able, to do here.
> Other than that, you could set up Apache to do what is called "Basic
> Authentication", but that would anyway mean that whenever a user calls up a
> page on your webserver, they would get a login dialog where they have to
> (re-)enter a user-id and password.  It will not be able to pick up
> automatically the Windows user-id from Windows.
> Also, it means that you will have to create and maintain a users/passwords
> file, only for Apache.
> And then you will still have to put additional configuration in Apache, to
> have it return a specific homepage for each specific user.
> Again, I believe that if this is only meant to be a convenience for each
> user, rather than a protection mechanism, it is not worth your time.
> Just profiles (or at the limit bookmarks) in the browser is much easier and
> faster.
> Detailed HowTo :
> - in your Apache top document directory, create 2 html pages :
>  - welcome-dad.html
>  - welcome-mom.html
> Login to the PC as "dad".
> Call up Firefox.
> In the Options or Preferences somewhere, you can set the homepage to use
> when Firefox starts.  Set this as "http://localhost/welcome-dad.html".
> Close Firefox.
> Open Firefox.
> It should show that page.
> Logout and login as "mom".
> Do the same as above, substituting "welcome-mom.html".
> Logout again and login again as "dad", call up Firefox.
> Does that match your needs, or do you want a to spend an aditional week at
> this ? (seriously).
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