|September 4, 2005
Continued from IIS
5.1 - Installation
In order to go configure
your website, you need to go:
Start -> Settings -> Control
Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Internet Information Services
It's a good idea to make
a desktop shortcut to Internet Service Manager since we'll be playing with
it a lot.
Double-click on "Internet
Service Manager" and let's get started.
Click on the name of your
computer to see the summary of what's going on with your computer.
In my case, my computer is called "DELL-500SC". Double-click on "Web Sites"
in the right pane. You'll see this:
You can disable a particular
service (Web, FTP, or SMTP) by right clicking on the service and choosing
"pause" or "stop".
You'll notice under "IP Address"
it says "All Unassigned" This means that all requests to your server
will be answered by your computer. If for some reason your server
has several IP addresses, you will want to specify the exact IP address
that the Internet Services is supposed to respond to.
If your computer only has
1 IP address, we can leave the IP address as "All Unassigned".
Let's take a look at the
Web Service. Right click on "Default Web Site" then select "Properties".
Since there are so many options
I'll just hit the major points.
Tab: Web Site
Description - Can be changed
to your liking
IP Address - Can leave as "All
unassigned" or the specific IP address of your computer.
TCP Port - 80 is the standard
and should remain that way unless you have a good reason to change it.
Connections - Although it doesn't
say so, we are limited to 10 concurrent web connections. Each visitor
creates 2-3 connections so this means your webserver using this software
is limited to 3-4 concurrent visitors which should not be a problem for
a small website.
Tab: ISAPI Filters
Tab: Home Directory
Local Path - This is where your
files for your website reside. Please change this to something else.
Many hackers will attack the default directory. You can change this
directory to whatever directory you like, but DO change it.
Write - Unless you want your
visitors to actually change your website, you must leave this unchecked.
Directory Browsing - If you
check this box, When a visitor comes to a directory that does not have
a default document, the visitor will see an error message stating that
they are not authorized to view the contents of that directory. If
you uncheck this box, they will get a complete list of what files you have
in the directory. It is best to leave the box unchecked.
There is a list of default documents
that the webserver will look for when a visitor accesses a directory.
The starting point of your website must be listed here. You can either
rename your first page of your website to Default.htm or another default
document type that you specify. Traditionally, the first page of
most websites is "index.html" so you can add that to the list and promote
it to the top using the up arrow on the left side.
Tab: Directory Security
Tab: HTTP Headers
Tab: Custom Errors
Tab: Server Extensions
is a list of how to access your webpage from any computer