Introduction to Apache Administration

Introduction to Apache Administration online course
Course Name

Introduction to Apache Administration

Introduction to Apache Administration is designed to teach students how to administer an Apache 2.2 web server. The course covers configuration, management, and security on an Ubuntu operating system and contrasts the file architecture with the FreeBSD file architecture. At completion students will be able to host multiple domains secured with SSL certificates on the same physical server, will understand how to configure Apache to optimize content delivery, how to implement multiple languages for the same domain, and how to implement select security features including basic authentication. Students will be provided an overview of options for delivering dynamic content. The course does not cover building an Apache server from source code.

Applicable Job Roles: web server administrator, web programmers, and web application developers.

Week 1 - Apache Basics
  • About Apache
  • Starting and Stoping Apache
  • Reviewing Running Configurations
  • The Configuraiton Files
  • Configuration File Architecture - Ubuntu and FreeBSD
  • The Directory Container
  • Directory Listings
  • Customizing Directory Listings
  • Logs and Their Use
  • Using Server Status and Server Info
Week 2 - Directory Container and Commands
  • Modules, Directives, and Containers
  • Using the alias Commands
  • Enabling and Disabling Features using the Options Directive
  • Overrides: Order of Presidence and Disabling
  • Access Control with Allow and Deny
  • Types of Authentication
  • Implementing Basic Authentication
Week 3 - Virtual Hosts
  • Name- and IP-Based Virtual Hosts
  • Implement Simple Name-based Virtual Host
  • Implement a Simple IP-based Virtual Host
  • Mixing Name- and IP-based Virtual Hosts
  • SSL Introduction
  • Serving Multiple SSL Domains using One Physical Server
  • Dynamic Mass Virtual Hosting
Week 4 - Select Modules and Other Roles
  • Use and Misuse of mod_rewrite
  • Third-Pary Modules - mod_cband
  • Third-Pary Modules - mod_security
  • Content Negotiation
  • Proxies
  • Load Balancing
Week 5 - Optimization and Performance Tuning
  • Using Includes to Optimize Disk Usage and Reduce Work
  • Serving Compressed Content
  • Content Caching
  • Hardware and Operating System Matters
  • Performance and Configuration
  • Goodbye Mods
Week 6 - Dynamic Content Overview and Review
  • Server Side Includes
  • Scripts - Perl and PHP
  • Perl and the Common Gateway Interface (CGI)
  • ScriptAlias, mod_perl, mod_fastcgi
  • Preventing Buffer Overflows
  • Preventing Cross-site Scripting
  • suEXEC
  • Review and Awareness
  • General knowledge of networking concepts.
  • Basic knowledge of Unix commands and the use of a text editor such as vi.
  • Students should verify that they can modify the main configuration file: /etc/apache2/apache2.conf in Ubuntu, or /usr/local/etc/apache22/httpd.conf in FreeBSD.
  • Students should verify that they view the content served by their web server in a browser. If your web server is on the same device as your browser, generally you can see the content by entering 'http://localhost' in the address bar of your browser.
System and Software Requirements
  • Students will require access to a computer running a UNIX operating system and Apache 2.2.x.
  • Students are encouraged to use the most recent version of Firefox and to install the Firebug, Page Speed, and YSlow add-ons.
  • Students will need to install Ubuntu desktop in order to use the Apache web server.
  • An alternative desktop implementation for FreeBSD users is available from PC-BSD (
  • Students may want to become familiar with the online Apache documentation ( before class begins. We will refer to this resources throughout the class.
Course Books
No book is required.
Course Price
  • Member Price: $120 US
  • Non-Member Price: $220.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our "Terms and Refund Policy" before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

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How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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