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lighttpd Training: Introduction to lighttpd Administration

Course Number: SRV-130
Duration: 2 days
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lighttpd Training Overview

Accelebrate's lighttpd training teaches attendees how to install, configure, performance tune, and administer the popular lighttpd web server.

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

lighttpd Training Prerequisites

No prior experience with lighttpd is presumed.

Hands-on/Lecture Ratio

This lighttpd training class is 70% hands-on, 30% lecture, with the longest lecture segments lasting for 20 minutes. Students "learn by doing," with immediate opportunities to apply the material they learn to real-world problems.

lighttpd Training Materials

All lighttpd training students receive a copy of Packt Publishing's Lighttpd and related course materials

Software Needed on Each Student PC

  • At least 2GB RAM and 10GB hard drive space
  • The latest version of VMware Player if you're running this class on Linux; for Solaris, we use Sun's free VirtualBox
  • An unzipped copy of the image we send you on DVD

lighttpd Training Objectives

  • Build, configure, and tune lighttpd
  • Deploy Web sites and server-side applications to lighttpd
  • Set up lighttpd with your choice of server-side CGI / scripting environments (PHP, Perl, Ruby on Rails, etc.)
  • Facilitate downloads and streaming of large files
  • Configure SSL
  • Set up authentication and authorization
  • Take other steps to secure lighttpd
  • Migratefrom Apache httpd (if applicable to your circumstance)
  • Use Lua with lighttpd

lighttpd Training Outline

  • Introduction
  • Building lighttpd
    • Installing lighttpd
    • Different approaches for building lighttpd
  • Configuring and running lighttpd
    • Starting lighttpd by hand
    • Other core options
    • MIME types
    • Selectors
      • Will include regular expression tutorial if needed
    • Rewriting and redirecting requests
    • Including variables, files, and shell code
  • More virtual hosting and CGI
    • Extended virtual hosting
    • MySQL-based virtual hosting
    • Going dynamic
    • CGI with mod_cgi
    • FastCGI and or SCGI (as desired)
    • mod_proxy_core and backends
  • Downloads and streams
    • Core settings
    • Traffic shaping
    • Securing downloads
    • Streaming content
  • Access logging and user tracking
    • Access logging
    • Tracking users
  • SSL
    • Fundamentals of SSL
    • Self-signed certificates (for test) versus "real" certificates from a CA
    • Configuring lighttpd to use SSL
    • Configuring lighttpd to require SSL for access to a given resource
  • Securing lighttpd
    • Barriers to entry
    • Evading denial of service attacks
    • RRDtool
    • Grepping the logs for signs of attack
  • Containing lighttpd
    • Giving up privileges
    • Changing root
  • Optimizing lighttpd
    • Installing http_load
    • Caching with mod_magnet (your preferred OS must support the Lua language)
    • Measuring system load
    • Profiling with gprof
  • Migration from Apache
    • Adding lighttpd to the mix
    • mod_proxy
    • Reducing Apache load
    • mod_perl, mod_php, and mod_python
    • .htaccess
    • Rewriting rules
  • CGI revisited (we typically cover just selected sections of this)
    • Integration with Ruby on Rails
    • Installing apps of your choice (WordPress, phpMyAdmin, MediaWiki, etc.)
  • Using Lua with lighttpd (if desired)
    • Lua primer
    • Useful Lua libraries
    • Lua with FastCGI
    • Running mod_magnet
    • Case study
  • Conclusion