INT525 - Advanced Implementation Using Apache

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Subject Title
Advanced Implementation Using Apache

Subject Description

Students will be introduced to skills necessary to provide advanced web server administration.  They will examine, explore, and evaluate processes and procedures to leverage and increase the performance and efficiency of both the web server and applications or services (client/server, web, cloud) that may be provisioned with or alongside it.. 

Principally a problem-based project-driven course, students are expected to observe and comply with the life-cycle of a typical business project from proposal to implementation, including keeping detailed log books that include evaluation of obstacles, complications, and difficulties as well as attempts to find solutions.  Students will work from source code, compiling and configuring from the latest stable branch of Apache 2.2.x, Apache 2.4.x, and Nginx, as well as tools like Siege and curl-loader.  Students will also work with the latest devel trunk of Apache and Nginx.  Students will be expected to work on at least two different UN*X/Linux platforms.

Studentswill also be expected to implement TLS based security, including CA issued certs and keys. Students will learn to assess the applicability of forked, threaded, and event models for service provisioning, to integrate deployment disparate httpd daemons, to deploy mod_perl applications, and to deploy out-of-process daemons to work collaboratively with httpd.

Credit Status
1 credit in the CTY program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Determine best platform to provision for httpd daemon
  • Evaluate and deploy httpd's to meet various business needs, including cloud provisioning
  • Configure (pre/post compile) and compile httpd's (Apache 2.2.x, Apache 2.4.x, Nginx), customized according to business needs
  • Provision fork()'ed, multi-threaded, and event MPM's in Apache 2.2.x and 2.4.x as appropriate to business needs and technical requirements
  • Provision static modules in Apache 2.2.x and 2.4.x in order to meet various performance and service criteria
  • Provision DSO modules, including MPM's, in Apache
  • Provision in-process high performance modules including mod_perl
  • Deploy and test custom mod_perl applications
  • Provision out-of-process collaborative daemons (e.g. PSCGI/Plack, WSCGI, Rack)
  • Compile latest version of perl and install its networking modules from cpan
  • Analyze log files (performance and security)
  • Benchmarking, including a variety of tools with an understanding of their limitations
  • Stress testing services (e.g. using custom applications written in Perl and using it's networking classes)
  • Provision TLS services using trusted CA issued Certificates
  • Provision self-signed certificates for use in a private network
  • Analyze business needs and remove/install modules to ensure optimized daemon performance
  • Configure httpd forward and reverse proxies
  • Provision virtual hosts (name and IP based) in Apache 2.2.x and 2.4.x
  • Use chrooted processes / zones / virtualization to increase daemon and data security
  • Deploying multiple collaborative httpd daemons to meet business needs
  • Provision a complete httpd solution according to business needs

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