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Making a personal server

Posted by compactwater on October5 2007

Before I start, remember this: Personal Server. Meant only for you, and maybe a few friends. Thankyou.

What you’ll need:
Apache HTTP Server (Required)
PHP (Recommended)
An administrative account on Windows 2000 or later.

Download and install Apache HTTP Server, if you do not have a domain name or server name, enter your IP address, you can find out your IP address here, you will also be asked for an e-mail, enter whatever you want. After apache is installed, test it by connecting to or http://localhost/ or your IP address. If you see “It works!”, it works. If you don’t, your firewall or anti-virus may be blocking it. Be sure to set it to allow apache.

Next, download PHP. When it asks you for your server name and version, choose “Apache 2.2.x”. For the configuration file, navigate to your apache folder (in “program files”) and open the “conf” folder. Click next, and contenue installing. When it’s finished, you will need to restart your server. To do that, click on the Apache icon in your task bar, and click “Restart”.

NOTE: This is only if you have a router! Now goto your router (probably at 169.153.x.x), if you
don’t know, it should be listed on your router. Configure a “port forward” from port 80 to port 80 to your local IP, you can find it out by going to MS-DOS and typing “ipconfig”.

How to find your local IP

Port Forwarding on Linksys

Now you can accept connections from the Internet. Something you should be careful of, is anyone can access this server- don’t put any personal information on it. You can get a DNS from for free. Check my “Linky” page for tutorials on HTML and PHP.


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