Install and Configure an HTTP Server (Apache)

30 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

A web server is one of the more common services that you will work with in any Linux environment. In this activity, you will have an opportunity to install an Apache HTTP server and explore the core configuration options that are available. Once you complete the activity, you will have a good understanding of how Apache web services are configured and can be customized in your environment.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Install the Apache Web Server

Install the Apache web server, default package from the configured repositories, like so:

sudo yum install -y httpd
Remove the Default Symlink Configuration from the Server

You will need to edit the /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf file and find the following line:

Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

and remove the symlinks option so it reads simply

Options Indexes 
Create a new Index File in the Default Web Server Directory

Our default web server directory is in /var/www/html, so in there, create a file called ‘index.html’ containing some text that you can test and clearly identify from your client server.

Additional Resources

When launched, this Learning Activity will present you with (2) CentOS 7 servers and connection credentials for each.

The first one will function as the Apache Web Server and the second will function as a client. Once connected to the Apache Web Server, open your Activity Guide for instructions on completing this activity.

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