Webserver use, configuration and management

Unit WUCM1

CommsLab details

Booting up and logging on

Booting up

The CommsLab PCs are set up with multiple boot options including a University networked standard configuration and a locally networked CommsLab configuration. For the purposes of this unit, we will use Windows rather than Linux. Unless the PC is already in the CommsLab configuration, you will need to reboot and press ESCAPE while the boot manager is waiting (if you don't, it will boot into the University network by default).

Logging on

Your account should have been configured to be a “Power User”, i.e. you can install and manage new applications.   You will need to log in differently to access the different facilities available in the CommsLab.


Same as your university network username (e.g. cam12345)

If this does not work, you might need to use the full context (e.g. .cam12345.users.commslab) the first time you login but it should respond to the short name thereafter.

Password Your student registration number

Windows logon dialog – Caution!

As part of the login process the system may put up a “Windows Logon Dialog” with the username “CommsLab” already set up. Just click OK without entering a password. This dialog is triggered so that the default “PowerUser” can be setup for you; but the technicians can still login as Administrator to get full supervisor access without a lot of reconfiguration.

Copying files

You should find you have an N: drive on the CommsLab server, and can see a shared L: drive. NOTE – both of these two drives are specific to the CommsLab and are NOT the standard UoP network drives. You cannot move files between them without using an intermediary media, e.g. USB memory stick, floppy disk, etc.

WUCMI setup

Root folder L:\Staff\WUCM1\
Software to install \software
Roger's web sites \rogerwebfiles

Please do not try and run the Apache install set from the L: drive. Copy it to your PC and run it from a directory there – perhaps create one with your name so it is clearly isolated from any other student's work. Apache will install and run fine from your CommsLab N:drive – it is not standard practice to install to a network drive, but convenient in this case.

Once you have started the practical work and have generated working install files, keep copies on your N: drive in case the PC (and its C drive) is rebuilt before you next return to it.  


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