Webserver use, configuration and management

Unit WUCM1

WUCM1 unit schedule 2007-2008 semester 2

Subject to revision

The topics covered in the unit will include:

1. Indentifying Requirements and Planning -Investigation of website owners, audience and content. Information architecture and website structures. Server scalability and planning for growth.
2. Website Configuration and Setup - Initial Webserver configuration. CGI configuration. Server tuning. Site search facilities, search engines vs custom code. Domain name registration, ISPs and other options.
3. Security Policy and Legal Issues - Security policy as a management tool. Webserver security policy implementation. Access control and user management. Intrusion detection and recovery. Preservation of evidence for subsequent legal action. Copyright issues.
4. Evaluation and Testing - Automatic tools for website evaluation and testing. Tools for website and webserver management. Maintenance and sensible use of log files.
Session number
University week number Week beginning Lecture topic
(Thursday 1300, AG1.11)

Practical topic
(Group1: Monday 1000
Group 2: Friday 1000
Group 3: Friday 1100; all LG0.14b)

29 11th February 2008

Unit admin topics (PPT)

Web servers and the Internet (PPT)

Management questions

Practical groups

Introductory practical

30 18th February Initial web server configuration (PPT)

Server configuration

CommsLab details

31 25th February Identifying requirements (PPT) More server configuration

3rd March

Information architecture (extended PPT only) Further server configuration
33 10th March Domain names and registration (PPT) Domain names and ISP services
  34 17th March EASTER VACATION  
  35 24th March  
36 31st March Dynamic content and CGI configuration (PPT) Dynamic content and CGI
37 7th April Security policy and implementation issues (PPT) Security policy review
8 38 14th April Access control and user management (PPT) Access control
9 39 21st April Evaluation and testing (PPT) Evaluation
10 40 28th April Legal issues (PPT) Log files
11 41 5th May Server scalability (PPT)

Due to the Bank Holiday on Monday 5th May, Group 1's tutorial has been rescheduled for Tuesday 6th May at 1600. We are aware that 3 students are double-booked for that time. They should attend either of the Friday practicals that week.

Catch up and review

42 12th May Revision / spare ( PPT) Catch up and review

Last updated by Prof Jim Briggs of the School of Computing at the University of Portsmouth