You "surf" the Internet, you hear
about "Intranet" and like to create now your own Website, on your
own small network ?
1) Implementation via
Network-access and Browsing Files
just create a directory for the WWW-data and Share it out for
In this example, I called the directory for the WWW-data
"NET_HTML", which will be shared with "Read-Only"
Permissions, in addition, I created a directory
"NET_COMMON" with "Full-Access"
permissions for data-exchange on the network.
Copy your WWW-data to the shared "NET_HTML" directory,
which you access now on other systems via the "Network
||You could now map a Network-drive.
When now starting your Internet Browser,press the
"STOP"-button and then select from the
File-menu: "Open File":
Select now the Network-drive (if you mapped
one) or "browse" now from here the Network:
until you find the Web-Page, from which to start your
Limitation: when browsing via directly reading from the disk,
you will not be able to use any server-based
Scripting (like ASP).
That requires a Webserver processing such scripts before
pages to the Web-browser for display.
2) Using the "Microsoft
The first method used regular network access and works therefore
with any protocol. But if you insist on using a "REAL"
Webserver (like the "Microsoft Personal
, often just referred to as "PWS",
downloadable from the Microsoft Website under "Free
Downloads" / " Windows95"), you have
first to make a CLEAN TCP/IP-setup ( see also : TCP/IP basics):
||Configure your local Network card with a
"Static" TCP/IP address (see above), while your
"Dial-Up Adapters" (on the left) are usually
configured to obtain their IP address automatically ,
when they connect to their ISP, which then assigns via
DHCP the IP-address.
||But make sure, that in the TCP/IP properties for ALL
adapters the "DNS Configuration"
is DISABLED, unless you are connected to a server with an
The fields for "Host" and "Domain"
should be empty
(Otherwise the MS PWS will give you a very hard time ! )
But since you MUST have a DNS-specification
for your "Dial-Up Adapter"/Internet
connection, define the DNS-addresses are part of the
Properties /Server/TCP-settings of the Dial-Up
Now, that we have a "Clean" TCP/IP" setup, we can
install the Microsoft PWS:
After the reboot, PWS is part for your Network-configuration:
In the properties, you can only define, whether to use
"local Security" (which you have to do on a Win95
PC-to-PC network) or not (when you are connected to a server,
from where you can "borrow" the Security system).
There is now a new icon in your task-bar and your
Look at the Properties of the PWS:
It define the name of your Web-Server (which is based on your
computer name) and your Webserver-Root directory. Copy your
Web-pages to your Web-root directory (in this case:
C:\WebShare\WWWRoot) and make sure, that your main-page is called
You are now ready to browse your own new Website: Start your
Web-Browser and enter as address the IP-address of the system
||If you edit in 'C:\WINDOWS' your "HOSTS"
file (if it is not present, copy/rename it from
"HOSTS.SAM") and enter the IP-address together
with the system-name, you can use your system name as
If you do not like the PWS-default setup, you can start the
PWS-Administration from the PWS-properties:
PWS is now generating temporary HTML-pages and starts up your
Web-Browser to display them:
If your "Dial-Up Adapter Connect To"
screen pops up, just select "Cancel".
If you followed now my advise to make a CLEAN TCP/IP-setup, you
get the PWS-main-page:
As example, you could change the location of
your Web-Root directory or the Default-main-page:
Just be aware about a limitation of PWS, if you
have on your system also the "File and Print
Sharing for Microsoft Networks" installed:
You cannot create your own "User-List", unless you
de-install the "File and Print Sharing".
PWS can also be configured to create an FTP-site, but that is a
different story, which I will not anymore explain here.
For usage of FTP,see FTP
: File Transfer Protocol