Webserver use, configuration and management

Unit WUCM1

WUCM1 unit schedule 2009-2010 semester 2

Revised 13/3/2009

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 Monday Lecture topic
(Thursday 0900, LG1.22)

Practical topic
(Drop-in session: Tuesday 1200, LG0.14b)

29 8th February 2010

Unit admin topics (PPT)

Web servers and the Internet (PPT)

Management questions

Jim Briggs

Introductory exercise

30 15th February Initial web server configuration (PPT) Jim Briggs

Server configuration

CommsLab details

31 22nd February Identifying requirements (PPT) Jim Briggs

More server configuration


1st March

Information architecture (PPT) Jim Briggs Further server configuration
33 8th March Domain names and registration (PPT) Jim Briggs Domain names and ISP services
34 15th March Dynamic content and CGI configuration (PPT) Jim Briggs

Dynamic content and CGI

Setting up a simple Java web application

(I'm happy for you to do one or both of the above)

35 22nd March

Evaluation and testing (PPT)

Jim Briggs


  36 29th March EASTER VACATION    
  37 5th April
8 38 12th April

Security policy and implementation issues (PPT)

Jim Briggs Security policy review
9 39 19th April

Access control and user management (PPT)

Jim Briggs

Access control

10 40 26th April Legal issues (PPT) Jim Briggs Log files
11 41 3rd May Server scalability (PPT) Jim Briggs

Catch up

42 10th May Revision / spare ( PPT) Jim Briggs Catch up

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