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OpenVMS with Apache, WASD, and OSU - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781555582647, 9780080513133

OpenVMS with Apache, WASD, and OSU

1st Edition

The Nonstop Webserver

Author: Alan Winston
eBook ISBN: 9780080513133
Paperback ISBN: 9781555582647
Imprint: Digital Press
Published Date: 26th September 2002
Page Count: 454
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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


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.

Key Features

· Use OpenVMS to provide reliable, full-featured web service for your business
· Find information not available anywhere else for OpenVMS, whose unbeatable reliability makes it the web server of choice for institutions that can't afford downtime for their websites
· Learn from numerous examples and step-by-step procedures how to do the same task in different servers


Practitioners and managers, including VMS system managers and e-commerce developers. Also UNIX users considering adding VMS capabilities


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" 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,

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About the Author

Alan Winston

Alan Winston is Manager of Central Computing at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory. He has been professionally involved with computing since 1980, has been a VMS system manager since 1985, and a webmaster since 1994. He was a contributing editor to Unix/World for eight years, and a columnist for Microtimes magazine for two years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Manager of Central Computing at Stanford University’s Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory