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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 Windows 98
and WindowsNT4:


 

Welcome to Personal Web Server 4.0

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 features:

Microsoft 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).
Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions
Supports the use of Microsoft® FrontPage® to manage your Web site, as well as create the site content.
Microsoft 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.
Microsoft Data Access Components 1.5
Easy use of databases with support for ActiveX™ Data Objects and the Microsoft® Access driver.
Message 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.

Product Comparison: PWS for Windows 98 and PWS for Windows NT Workstation

PWS for 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.

Product Comparison
Feature PWS for Windows NT Workstation PWS for Windows 98
Typical Uses Full-featured site development or personal publishing on a corporate intranet Personal publishing on a low-volume corporate intranet
WWW Service Yes Yes
FTP Service Yes No
Connection Limit 10 10
Active Server Pages Yes Yes
Site Use Logging NCSA Log File Format (default) MSCSV standard and extended (optional) NCSA Log File Format
Publishing Sources Local and network drives Local drives only
Optional ISM Interface Yes No
Authentication Basic or Windows NT Challenge/Response None

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 Internet application:


A Wizard is guiding
you through the
setup, which consists
mostly on clicking
on "Next"
Your choice.

I prefer always
the "Custom"
The location on your
disk, where the files
for the Website will
be stored.
If possible, keep the
Microsoft default of
"C:\INETPUB\WWWROOT"

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
location.
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 the Windows98
menu "Accessories / Internet Tools / Personal Webserver / Personal Web Manager" :




Click on the button "Start" to activate the Personal WebServer:




Management of 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 configure
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 Version-Number
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 ( ? )
Windows98:
WindowsNT4:





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 first webpage.
(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 Tour":


Under "Advanced" you find the configuration of your website, mainly the
location of the website files. Most important is your "<HOME>" location
(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 double-click:

Here you can change the location of the website files and control the "Access":
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).

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