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By andrel ·
How can I setup my home computer Windows Xp Professional to function as a web server.

What do I need? and the process to get it going

Thank You

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by thom In reply to web server

I really depends on what you are trying to accomplish. You can install Apache on Windows XP - and it will be able to serve web pages - the question is, do you want to just serve up pages on your home LAN or do you want the pages to be visible to the rest of the Internet?

If you want JUST a web server and only a web server without a "stack" of other complimentary services and technologies, then this Life Hacker article is pretty awesome:

If you want it all this How To should get you started with a WAMP server (Windows Apache MySQL PHP/PERL/PYTHON server stack)

Now I've used other WAMP stacks but not the one in the URL above so I can't give you any information on how well it is put together.

Something I've been doing lately is just downloading the a Linux appliance from VMware. You get the VMware software for free and someone else builds the server appliance - this setup might require a little bit of command line comfort and/or a little bit more knowledge of networking and such - but for the advanced users who knows what virtualization does for you - it rocks.

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by jon In reply to web server

Windows XP Pro has a web server built in called Internet Information Services. In the control panel, if you don't have Internet Services icon in the Administrative Tools, then you probably don't have it installed.

To install IIS, go to Add Remove programs in the Control Panel and select Add/Remove Windows Components. Check the Internet Information Services box and any additional options under the details of that selection, if you want, that is.

You may be asked for your XP Pro disc.

Once that's done, you have a web server. Point your browser to http://localhost or and you should get an initial IIS introduction with possible missing page errors.

From here, you just need to do some reading up on using IIS.

If your ISP blocks inbound port 80, you have to change it in the Default Website properties, then you have to forward whatever port you changed it to so it's directed to the IP of the computer with IIS installed.

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