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Web Services: Installing Apache

Installing and managing services is one of the first things a Linux Server Administrator should learn how to do. The standard example of a web service is a "LAMP stack" - Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP. In this lab, we'll practice installing and configuring Apache on a Linux server.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 10m
Clock icon Sep 03, 2020

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  1. Challenge

    Install and Configure Apache

    1. Now we need to install the software. Run the following command:
      yum install httpd -y

    Start the httpd service with: systemctl start httpd

    1. Now we've been directed to use a specific DocumentRoot. So we need to edit the configuration file to set that correctly.

      vim /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf
    2. In that file, search for the DocumentRoot by typing /DocumentRoot. The DocumentRoot section is the path that the httpd service uses to produce an app/website.

    3. Set line 119, DocumentRoot, to "/opt/website". Also, set the <Directory> tags in lines 124, and 131 to <Directory /opt/website>.

    4. Save and quit the file with :wq.

    5. Restart to initiate changes to the file:

      systemctl restart httpd
  2. Challenge

    Test the Configuration

    1. Verify the webpage is accessible by "curling" your server:
      curl localhost
    2. Go to a browser (e.g. Chrome) and paste in the IP address of the Cloud Server. If successful, you'll see a great website. We hope you love dad jokes!

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