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Alternatives to IIS

The most commonly used WWW server alternative to IIS is Apache, of which the UIS have considerable experience. Apache is multi-platform and free. The main site dedicated to Apache is Apache is provided as the default WWW server in Mac OS X and many Linux/Solaris applications.

Apache Configuration and Security

As with any other Windows product running on a server you need to make sure that you keep your server(s) patched from the system point of view. Installation and configuration advice tends to be more version specific and can generally be found in the documentation of that version.

Apache General Security

Like any other commonly-used commercial or non-commercial product Apache has vulnerabilities which are announced from time to time. It is wise to check periodically for security problems with your particular version. Such announcements can generally be found here.

Managed Web Service

If you have a requirement for a web site and are not experienced running Windows systems and not a techlink you should seriously consider the managed web service as offered by the Computing Service before you run your own server for an institution or research group.

See for full information

MCS Personal Web Pages

If a personal web site is required then you have the option of the MCS personal web pages, see

More likely users will want to use a service such as My Space, which removes the localised security threat to a degree, but does have some other potential issues.

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