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The IBM Administration Server

The Apache Web server requires manual configuration via configuration file editing by the user. The IBM HTTP Server includes the IBM Administration Server as a separately installed component in the IBM HTTP Server directory, which allows the user to configure the IBM HTTP Server with a point and click browser-based interface.

The Web server administrator configures the IBM HTTP Server by pointing a browser (at least Netscape 4.06 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0) at the IBM Administration Server, which is installed on a different port from the HTTP server. For example, if the IBM HTTP Server is installed at:, the IBM Administration Server could be installed at:

After logging in, the opening screen of the IBM Administration Server shows a three-paned page consisting of a navigation pane on the left, a content pane on the right and a small message pane at the top. By selecting a task in the navigation pane, such as Basic Settings > Core Settings, the administrator sees a form in the content pane, with fields to complete.

The IBM Administration Server can make changes to the configuration file of the IBM HTTP Server, without interrupting the running server. For example, to change the location of the error log for the IBM HTTP Server, enter a new value in the Error Log field of the Administration Server, and click Submit at the bottom of the page. The new value changes for the ErrorLog directive in the configuration file of the HTTP Server when the Submit button is pressed. When changes are complete, click the Restart icon at the top of the page (the vertical bar inside a circle on the top blue banner) and IBM HTTP Server restarts with the changed configuration file.

Each change made on a form in the IBM Administration Server interface is applied to a specific set of resources, called a scope or container in the configuration file. To indicate the set of resources to which the change should apply, press the Scope button and select a scope using the Scope window at the top of each form. Examples of a container include: a virtual host, a directory, a location, or the global container, which includes all resources.

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