Linux Web Server Hardening & Maintenance

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Course Overview

The Linux Web Server Administration course is aimed at technical staff who will be responsible for installing, configuring and maintaining Web Servers in a Linux or UNIX environment. The course addresses the evolution of Apache Web Server technology, as well as how to build, install, and configure Apache. Web-related issues such as authentication, dynamic Web content and virtual hosting/administration are included, as are Apache system performance issues (e.g., logging systems, firewalls, and proxies). The course will be run on a Linux platform, but it is suitable for all UNIX based deployments. Although being run in a Linux environment, delegates who will be supporting Apache Web services in a Windows environment will also benefit from this course as most configuration is carried out through editing of configuration files.

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Delegates will need to have experience of using a UNIX or Linux system at the command line. They will need to be familiar with the UNIX/Linux file system and basic file manipulation commands and will benefit from a basic knowledge of the VI editor.


Who Should Attend?

Server administrator who will be responsible for maintaining and monitoring web servers in a Linux or UNIX environment.

What Will You Learn

By the completion of the Apache Web Server Administration course you should be able to:

Web Server Administration (Linux) – Schedule

Day 1

09.00am – 10.00am

Apache Web Server

  • The Apache Web Server
  • Features
  • Installation
10.00am – 10.30am


10.30am – 12.45pm

Directory Structure

  • Apache Directories
  • The Role of Each Directory
  • Document Root

Configuring Apache

  • Overview of httpd.conf
  • Basic Server Directives
  • Logging Directives

12.45pm – 02.15pm


02.15pm – 05.00pm

Virtual Hosts

  • Virtual Host Container
  • Setting Up the Virtual Host
  • IP-based
  • Name-based
  • Port-based

Using Aliases and Redirecting

  • Configuring an Alias for a URL
  • Redirect
  • Using mod_rewrite

Day 2

09.00am – 10.00am

Dynamic Web Content

  • Server Side Includes
  • Personal Hypertext
  • Preprocessor (PHP)
  • Using MySQL with Apache and PHP
  • WordPress

10.00am – 10.30am


10.30am – 12.45pm

Content Caching

  • Caching Overview
  • Improving Caching Performance
  • Different Types of Caching

12.45pm – 02.15pm


02.15pm – 05.00pm

Logging Overview

  • The Error Log
  • The Access, Agent, and Referer Logs
  • CustomLog
  • Formatting the Log Record with LogFormat
  • Log Rotation

Security Configuration Options

  • Passwords and Authentication
  • Allow and Deny Rules
  • Common Security Issues with Apache