Webserver use, configuration and management

Unit WUCM1

WUCM1 unit schedule 2010-2011 semester 2

Revised 26/1/2011

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
(Monday 1500, LG2.4b)

Exercise topic

27 31st January 2011

Unit admin topics (PPT)

Introduction to the case study (PPT)

Management questions

Jim Briggs

Introductory exercise

28 7th February

The World Wide Web and the Internet (PPT)

Jim Briggs

Homework for next week

Case study

29 14th February

Identifying requirements (PPT)

Case study questions (PPT)

Jim Briggs

Finish your work on the BAFA requirements


21st February

Jim Briggs


31 28th February Domain names and registration (PPT) Jim Briggs Domain names and ISP services
32 7th March Jim Briggs
33 14th March

Initial web server configuration (PPT)

Jim Briggs

Server configuration

8 34 21st March Dynamic content and CGI configuration (PPT) Jim Briggs Dynamic content and CGI or Setting up a simple Java web application (I'm happy for you to do one or both of the above)
9 35 28th March

Security policy and implementation issues (PPT)

Jim Briggs

Security policy homework (PPT)

Further homework on security policies

10 36 4th April

Access control and user management (PPT)

Jim Briggs Access control
  37 11th April





  38 18th April
  39 25th April  
11 40 2nd May BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY No lecture Jim Briggs  
41 9th May Revision session (PPT) Jim Briggs Past paper

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