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The Personal Web Server (PWS) is one of many features available for Windows 95/98 and the NT workstation.
An local computer can be considered as a LAN with just one PC. Like a regular Web site, your local PWS server is able to handle the requests of the browsers that visit the site.
Microsoft provides Personal Web Server (PWS) free. PWS doesn't require a dedicated computer, so you can install it on a system you use for other work.
The software installs itself into a folder called WebShare on the same drive that Windows is installed on (for example, C:\WebShare). After you install PWS, you must reboot your system to start the server software. PWS now automatically loaded every time you start the computer. You'll see a new icon in your Taskbar tray that represents PWS. Double-click on this icon to bring up the Personal Web Server Properties dialog box. PWS handles any administrative setup through your Web browser. However, for this project you won't need to make any changes to the defaults.
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Having used Microsoft's Personal Web Server for a variety of tasks, I found that it was most helpful as a learning tool. Compatible with ASP (Active Server Pages, a server-side scripting language), this is an excellent tool for the web novice who wants to experiment on his own time.
Configuration is easy, and the web server will be up and running in 10 minutes, if that. One problem with this application is the limited options that it has. Having next to no configuration, PWS is truly the tool of the novice web admin. Practically the only options are the name of index files (note: microsoft uses "default.htm" instead of "index.html") and what directory is the root of the web server. However, once you have this application istalled, you are ready to go. Simply copy your html or asp files to the desired directory, and you are ready to start using PWS! PWS comes with several wizards to make this process easier, but most people who have some experience programming HTML or creating their own websites will not need anything to help them get started. Some words of caution!
Since PWS is based on IIS, another web server written by Microsoft, it is chock full of security holes. Exploits and easy hacking opportunities abound. This is the primary reason that I would not recommend it for anything other than learning on a personal computer, or perhaps creating an INTERNAL web page for your company or project team.
Make sure this is safely hidden behind a firewall! If you are looking for a good free server, go take a look at <A HREF= http://www.apache.org >http://www.apache.org</a>.
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