OpenVMS with Apache, WASD, and OSU

The Nonstop Webserver


  • Alan Winston, Manager of Central Computing at Stanford University's Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory

Whether you're an experienced webmaster new to OpenVMS or an old OpenVMS hand new to webservers, this book will save you time and help you do your job better. The book points out similarities and differences between Unix and VMS, contains a management-friendly explanation of VMS's suitability for 24x7 operation, explains web concepts like authentication and access control models clearly (including honest discussion of drawbacks and weaknesses). Clear examples show how to configure each of the three webservers to accomplish specific goals, and comparisons will help you choose which server to run. If you're using or considering using a VMS webserver, this book is for you.OpenVMS with Apache, OSU and WASD also discusses specific tasks, such as how to port CGI programs from other operating systems, and gives working examples in PERL, Python, and DCL. One chapter also covers database connectivity for VMS-based CGI programs.
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Practitioners and managers, including VMS system managers and e-commerce developers. Also UNIX users considering adding VMS capabilities


Book information

  • Published: September 2002
  • Imprint: DIGITAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-55558-264-7


" OpenVMS with Apache, OSU and WASD is required reading for the OpenVMS web administrator, novice or veteran. For those who manage more than one type of these web servers or who are migrating from one web server to another, this book is indispensable."—Richard Barry, OpenVMS Apache Project Leader "As the author of the WASD package I've been reviewing Alan's book and it looks good. Alan's grasp of OSU (he is an OSUser after all) and even Apache is probably better than that of WASD, which itself is excellent. More importantly he generates a synthesis of the material, placing it in context and drawing out the important aspects of a topic." -Mark Daniel, Author of the WASD Webserver "This is the reference book that users of the OSU web server have long sought."—David Jones, Author of the DECthreads Webserver " excellent and in-depth look at these three web servers with respect to running on an OpenVMS platform. The book provides an amazing amount of information to help choose the right web server for your system, and then proceeds to include some of the nitty gritty details on how to set that server up and manage it...There is enough useful and technical information in this book to make it a valuable asset for any OpenVMS administrator looking to run a web server." - Bill Catambay,

Table of Contents

Introduction; Why Run a Web Server on VMS?; VMS and the Web; Web Options; Installation Issues; Basic Configuration and Server Control; Encrypted/Secure Communications: HTTPS Protocol Support; Managing Access to your Server Resources; Providing User Personal Web Directories; Multihosting and Multihoming; Indexing and Searching Your Site; Cache and Proxy; Managing and Understanding Your Server Logs; Dynamic Content: Directory Browsing and Server-Side Includes; Running CGI Programs; RDB Database Access from CGI Scripts; Useful Freeware CGI Scripts; High-Performance Scripting Options; User-Edited Web Pages; User-Developed CGI Scripts; Appendices: Perl; Python; PHP; Apache; Annotated Sample Configuration Files; Index