Apache Web Server Administration Training

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In this Apache Web Server training class, you will learn how to administer the Apache Web Server. The class covers installation of Apache, basic operation of the web server, configuration, URL mapping, directory indexing, virtual hosting, performance tuning, and security.

The objective of this course is to prepare administrators for installing, configuring, securing, and performance tuning the Apache Web Server.

This Apache Web Server class assumes familiarity with general web concepts.

  1. Apache Web Server
    1. The Apache Web Server
    2. Features
    3. Download
    4. Windows
    5. Linux
  2. Directory Structure
    1. Apache Directories
    2. The Role of Each Directory
    3. bin
    4. cgi-bin
    5. conf
    6. error
    7. htdocs
    8. icons
    9. include
    10. lib
    11. modules
    12. Document Root
  3. httpd.conf Configuration
    1. Contents of httpd.conf
    2. Coding Directives, Containers, and Comments
    3. Directives
    4. Containers
    5. Comments
    6. Scope of Directives
    7. Order of Evaluation of Containers
    8. Making Port Assignments
    9. Specifying the Document Root
    10. Including Files
    11. Modularization and Organization
    12. Guidelines for Modularization
    13. Organization
    14. Verifying the Syntax of httpd.conf
    15. Updating httpd.conf between Releases
    16. Securing httpd.conf
  4. Load Modules
    1. Dynamic Shared Objects
    2. The Core Module
    3. Static Modules
    4. Building Modules from Source and Installing from a Package
    5. Relationship between Modules and Directives
    6. LoadModule Directive
    7. Using a Module's Directives
    8. MIME Types and mod_mime
  5. Security
    1. Secure Socket Layer
    2. Creating a Certificate
    3. Server Setup
    4. Access Control
    5. Host and IP
    6. Authentication
    7. Basic Authentication
    8. Digest Authentication
    9. How Apache Implements Authorization
    10. LDAP Authentication and Authorization
  6. Logging
    1. Logging Overview
    2. The Error Log
    3. The Access, Agent, and Referer Logs
    4. CustomLog
    5. Formatting the Log Record with LogFormat
    6. Log Rotation
  7. Configuring Directories
    1. Directory Containers in httpd.conf
    2. The Options Directive
    3. Directory Indexing
    4. IndexOptions
    5. DirectoryIndex
    6. Excluding Files with IndexIgnore
    7. .htaccess
    8. Handling HTTP Status Codes with Error Documents
    9. Location Containers
  8. Virtual Hosts
    1. Virtual Host Container
    2. Setting Up the Virtual Host
    3. IP-based
    4. Name-based
    5. Port-based
  9. Using Aliases and Redirecting
    1. Configuring an Alias for a URL
    2. Redirect
    3. Using mod_rewrite
  10. Performance Considerations
    1. Adjusting httpd.conf
    2. DNS Name Lookup
    3. Logging I/O
    4. Web Applications
    5. Network Issues
  11. Customizing Request/Response Processing
    1. Handlers and Requests
    2. Built-in Handlers
    3. Handler Directives
    4. SetHandler
    5. AddHandler
    6. RemoveHandler
    7. Filters
  12. PHP
    1. PHP
    2. Download and Installation
    3. Windows
    4. Linux
    5. Apache Configuration
    6. Writing a Basic PHP Web Page
    7. Using MySQL with Apache and PHP
    8. WordPress

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