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Installing and Configuring Apache HTTP Server on a Linux Host

Installing common system services like the Apache HTTP Server is a large function of being a system administrator. In this hands-on lab, you will be tasked with installing Apache HTTP Server and configuring it to meet the requirements specified. This includes configuring it to be persistent through system reboots and making sure that it adheres to standard system and network security.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jun 17, 2022

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Install the Apache HTTP Server

    • Install the httpd package.
  2. Challenge

    Modify the httpd.conf File

    • Update the document root in httpd.conf to point to the /web_content directory.
    • Add a directory tag for the /web_content directory, using the directory tag for /var/www as a template.
  3. Challenge

    Create the /web_content Directory and Update Its SELinux Security Context

    • Create the /web_content directory.
    • Update the SELinux file context mapping for /web_content to match /var/www/html (this should persist through a file system relabel).
    • Restore the default security context for the /web_content directory.
  4. Challenge

    Update Firewalld to Allow Access to the httpd Service

    • Add the HTTP and HTTPS services to the default zone in firewalld (this should persist through a reboot).
    • Reload the firewall rules to apply them to the current session.
  5. Challenge

    Start and Enable the Apache HTTP Server

    • Start and enable httpd.
    • (Optional) Test the web server by adding a simple index.html file to the /web_content directory.
    • (Optional) Use a browser to access the web server URL.

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