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Web Serving

Web serving brings Internet-style Web site hosting capabilities into the SOHO LAN. Here we're interested in publishing Web sites over the company's internal network—its intranet. These sites are not available to anyone outside the network. In this case a PC host acts as a Web site server that is accessible using any Web browser. A special Internet Information Services (IIS) Windows XP software component is added to Windows PC hosts that permit them to act as a Web site server. While it is possible to set up an internal Web-style site by sharing a folder containing an index.HTM file, the IIS, and other Web server software make the reference to this intranet Web site more general and easier to use. Linux hosts with Apache and Samba Web serving software and other network components like the Sun Cobalt Cube and RaQ server appliances support Web site hosting and other functions. The Linux operating system can be obtained for free, but a PC host is required to run it. The Sun Cobalt Qube costs around $1,100 and the Sun RaQ can run as high as $2,200.

Windows computers can install personal Web server software to provide similar functions. Web pages are created using Web page creation software like FrontPage and then stored on the PC host running the IIS software. Web browser software like Internet Explorer can now display the Web pages stored internally on the intranet.


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