|September 4, 2005
A few words before we start
the guide. Windows XP Professional is a good operating system to
run a webserver for several reasons.
Okay, enough with the sales
pitch, let's install this baby.
Windows XP Professional is a
very stable operating system. You can leave the server unattended
for months at a time and not worry about system crashes and failures.
It's not as expensive as Windows
2003 Server. A very important consideration!
IIS 5.1 can handle web, FTP,
and email services nicely. The only drawback is that you are limited
to 10 concurrent connections to your website which shouldn't be a problem
for most people.
The webserver software is included
with OS and is easy to setup.
Start --> Settings --> Control
Panel --> Add or Remove Programs --> Add/Remove Windows Components
Check the box labeled "Internet
Information Services (IIS)".
You can see what items are
installed by default here. For this guide, we're going to install
FTP as well so check that box as well.
Click "OK". Then click
"Next". Installation will begin.
You will be asked for the
Windows XP CD-ROM. Put the CD in your CD-ROM drive and click "OK".
Installation is now complete.
Let's do a quick check to
see if everything is running.
Start --> Run --> Type in
In the DOS command prompt,
type in "netstat -a"
You should see that ftp,
smtp, http, and https are all active.
Let's do a quick test to
see if the webserver is running. Fire up your browser and type in
"localhost" into your address line.
You'll see this:
This message is just for
you. Only you can see it, the rest of the world sees this:
Alright, installation is
now done. Next we have to configure the server to work correctly.
Important: Even if
you have all the windows updates installed on your computer, you will need
to run windows update again after you install IIS. There are several
patches that need to be downloaded AFTER you install IIS. IIS is
fairly vulnerable right out of the box, so keep it updated! It is
a very popular target for hackers.