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Web Services: Creating a Web Server with Nginx

Installing and managing services is one of the first things a Linux Server Administrator should learn. The standard example of a web service is a "LAMP stack" - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. While Apache is, for many administrators, the web service to use, there are use cases for using another one - Nginx. For many installations, the two web services are interchangeable. In this lab, you'll be able to practice installing and configuring Nginx.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 15m
Clock icon Sep 03, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Install and Configure Nginx so that the web root is set as instructed

    1. First, we need to install the software. Since that can only be done as the root user, elevate to root.
    2. Now we need to install the nginx software using yum.
    3. Now we've been directed to use a specific DocumentRoot. In the file, search for DocumentRoot to find the default. Since it differs from what we're being instructed to use, change it, and the subsequent Directory stanzas. Don't forget that there are two of them.
  2. Challenge

    Test the configuration, ensuring pages are served from /opt/website

    1. Make sure the service is using the configuration file you just edited by restarting it.
    2. Verify that the page looks different from the default. You could do that either using curl in the terminal, or by putting your external IP address into your web browser.
    3. If you see the DadCorp website, you've completed that lab correctly! Well done!

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