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Installing Apache With SSL: The Complete Guide


Ever wanted SSL security support on your web site? If so, then take a look at this article. In it, Will teaches us how to install OpenSa Server -- Apache mixed with SSL support.

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By: William Young
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December 16, 2002
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Installing Apache With SSL: The Complete Guide
  2. · Configuring Your OpenSa Server
  3. · Running SSL Automatically
  4. · Configuring Your Http.Conf File

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Installing Apache With SSL: The Complete Guide - Configuring Your OpenSa Server
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First up, download OpenSa. After you've downloaded it, double click on the .exe file to start the InstallSheild setup wizard. After you've agreed to the license, terms and conditions, you'll be presented with a select components screen, as seen below:



Select the components you plan to use. If you want more information about a particular component that you wish to install, then look to the right under the description heading and it will tell you more about that particular component. Select what you need and click next. The total size will be about 9MB with all of the options selected.



Stick with the default settings for where OpenSa and Apache should be installed. These should be C:\OpenSa\Apache, C:\OpenSA\Apache\htdocs and C:\OpenSA\OpenSSL. Click next 3 times and you'll be presented to select a program folder name. Leave it as the default setting, which is OpenSa Web Server. It will install all of the components you chose. Click finish once everything is done.

The Opensa server is now installed on your computer, but you will need to start it first -- here's how we'll do it. Click the start button located at bottom left of your screen and then click the run menu option. Enter C:\OpenSA\Apache\Apache.exe into the "Run" dialog:



Once you've typed that, click OK and you should get the following screen:



Some of you may get this error when you run Apache:



No need to frown because Apache will use the I.P. address of 127.0.0.1 instead, which is better known as localhost.

Apache should be up and running. To test it, type http://localhost/ into your browser. You should get a test page to let you know it's working. Let's set Apache up so that it will run as a service automatically. To do this, rollover the programs tab and move your mouse to the right. You'll get the list of programs that are installed on your machine. Find the OpenSA web server program folder and go to the services tab. Click on install service.

Back under the services tab, click on start service. That's all there is to it.
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