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ApacheWeek: Book Review: Administering Apache

Jul 02, 2000, 14:09 (0 Talkback[s])

"Administering Apache," by Mark Arnold, Jeff D. Almeida, and Clint Miller, is the latest addition to the "Administering" series from the Osborne Media Group. With the numerous Apache books now available, this book differentiates itself from its competitors by approaching the task of setting up a web server from a management perspective, by explaining the management issues involved, guiding the users through the initial stage of planning, and setting up the necessary policies after taking into account the concerns and major considerations for various strategies...."

"Like many other Apache books, this book is task-oriented and has 12 chapters. One must not skip the first chapter (Planning Ahead), as this is its "book map" as a "site map" is to a web site. This chapter guides you along your initial planning stage to defining your policies and strategies on implementing a web server and determining your server's capabilities. It then directs you to the relevant chapters or sections of the book according to your decisions, while highlighting the sections for system administrator and web development team based on chosen strategies."

"There are eight strategies aimed at four categories: the corporation, small business, large ISP and small ISP. Discussion on concerns and considerations for various strategies tend to appear occasionally, especially in chapters three, seven, and nine, which outline the definition and segregation of the responsibilities and access of the webmaster and system administrator, the design of the structure for hosting homepage web sites, and the decision of setting up a "forward" or "reverse" proxy."

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