Windows98 Personal Webserver
On Windows98, "Personal Web-Server 4.0" (PWS)
is included. It is NOT part of the
Windows98 "Add/Remove Programs" in the Control-Panel,
but included on the
Windows98 and Windows98-SE CD-ROM as "Add-On":
First have a look at the files IISREAD.HTM:
It has a section explaining listing the features and the
differences between "Personal Web Server 4.0" on
Welcome to Personal Web
Server! In the Personal Web Server package, Microsoft has pulled
together some exciting new functionality that makes Microsoft®
Windows 98® an even easier platform to use for sharing
information on a personal Web site.
The Personal Web Server
package makes it easy to install any of the following new
Personal Web Server 4.0
- A desktop Web server
that can be used to host a Web site on the corporate
intranet, or to develop and test a Web site before
hosting the site on an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
FrontPage Server Extensions
- Supports the use of
Microsoft® FrontPage® to manage your Web
site, as well as create the site content.
Transaction Server 2.0
- Supports creation of
Microsoft® Transaction Server (MTS) applications. A
transaction is a server operation that succeeds or fails
as a whole, even if the operation involves many steps.
MTS also supports process isolation of applications.
Data Access Components 1.5
- Easy use of
databases with support for ActiveX™ Data Objects
and the Microsoft® Access driver.
Queue Server 1.0
- Makes it easy for
application programs to communicate with other
application programs quickly, reliably, and
asynchronously by sending and receiving messages. The key
features of Message Queue Server (MSMQ), such as ActiveX
support, comprehensive security controls, powerful
administration tools, extensive feature set, and
integration with strategic Microsoft products such as
Internet Information Server and MTS, make MSMQ the
message queuing product of choice for applications
running on Windows 95, Windows 98, and
Windows NT. The Personal Web Server package includes
the MSMQ Dependent and Independent Clients.
Windows 98provides a graphical administration interface
designed for users with no prior experience creating and
administering Web sites. This interface is also provided as the
default administration tool in Personal Web Server for
Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation; however, with the
Windows NT Workstation version, you can also administer your
personal publishing site with Internet Service Manager, the same
full-featured administration tool used to control Microsoft
Internet Information Server.
||PWS for Windows NT
||PWS for Windows 98
development or personal publishing on a corporate
||Personal publishing on a
low-volume corporate intranet
|Active Server Pages
|Site Use Logging
||NCSA Log File Format
(default) MSCSV standard and extended (optional)
||NCSA Log File Format
||Local and network drives
||Local drives only
|Optional ISM Interface
||Basic or Windows NT
To install, run the SETUP.EXE:
Before you start the installation, make sure that you have TCP/IP protocol installed:
PWS is an Internet Applications and uses TCP/IP,like any other
||A Wizard is guiding
you through the
setup, which consists
mostly on clicking
I prefer always
||The location on your
disk, where the files
for the Website will
If possible, keep the
Microsoft default of
Don't worry: if you need
to change later the location
of the website (maybe
because your C-drive is
geting full), you can
change it later to a now
||Files are copied from
your Win98 CD-ROM
||and you are done.
Look to your taskbar
for the PWS-icon:
However, after a reboot/restart this icon
will be missing in the taskbar,
you will first have to start the Personal Web-Server manually via
menu "Accessories / Internet Tools / Personal Webserver
/ Personal Web Manager" :
Click on the button "Start" to activate the Personal
the Personal Web-Server:
Once the webserver is running, it shows the URL for your website
and the location of the files
on your disk. Once you started the PWS, the icon will be
displayed in the taskbar:
and via a Right-click on it:
You have the option to Stop and start the PWS service.
Via "Properties" you can also display the
"Personal Web Manager" .
||The "Personal Web Manager" allows you to
in the menu: "Properties", on whether to
display in the
takbar the WebServer Icon or not.
||I wanted to see, if there is a difference in the
between PWS for Windows98 and WindowsNT4.
The version-number is usually displayed in the menu:
"Help" under "About......".
It displays the information of the Operating System,
not NOT a PWS Version number ( ? )
The "Personal Web Manager" includes a "Publishing Wizard"
(which I myself have/will never use, since I
prefer to copy the files manually):
It also include a "Home
Page Wizard", allowing you to create quickly a
(however: if you plan to create complex pages,
them the "Home Page Wizard" is NOT
a replacement for a more productive Webpage-Editor (like MS
Frontpage or similar products)
If you are a new-comer to Webpage design, take the "Product
Under "Advanced" you find the configuration of
your website, mainly the
location of the website files. Most important is your "<HOME>"
(most other options apply only to the Windows
NT-version of PWS) :
It shows you also the name of your "Default
Document" (usually: DEFAULT.HTM), which
will be displayed if you just define the address of your website
WITHOUT defining the
name of a specific HTM-file.
You can view/edit via "Edit Properties" or a
Here you can change the location of the website files and control
to be able to view the webpages via PWS, "Read"
access is required.
If you plan to use Microsoft Server-based Scripting (via ASP-pages), then you need
to allow "Scripts" access.
That's it: you can either try to use the "Publishing Wizard" or (like I do)
copy now your
webpages to the folder for "WWW Service",
making sure that you have as Start-page a
Default.htm (or you change the default
document to the name of your main-page).