By Ruth McDunn
Most of the preliminary work for the Windows web server
upgrade is complete. Now comes the hard part—making it happen. We will be
holding a meeting to discuss the upgrade on November 7, 2002 at 3:00 p.m.
in SCS Conference Rooms A and B (Bldg. 50). Please come with your
questions and concerns.
The impact of the upgrade to those who browse the web
should be minimal. There will be a short (a few hours, hopefully) outage
of each server as the final data transfer and switch takes place.
These outages will be scheduled for off-peak hours, and a
notice of the outage times and durations will be sent to the comp-out
mailing list, and also posted as an announcement on SLAC’s Detailed and
Highlighted home pages.
The other impact is that some web information currently
restricted to SLAC-only or group-only access will move to an entirely
different server (our intranet server at
https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/). This could result in some
broken bookmarks and links, which could take time to find and fix.
Changes for Web Managers
The impact to those who manage web sites will be more
significant. By moving restricted webs to a separate server, web site
managers will have two distinct webs to manage and links between the webs
will need to be fixed. Splitting off the restricted web space must happen
before the actual upgrade can occur and I will help with the process.
Webs on the upgraded servers will no longer be available
as a Windows server share (as the webs are currently viewable through the
Aegis server). The webs on the upgraded servers will be accessible through
FrontPage and by using Web Folders (described in
For those who use FrontPage, the latest server extensions
(Version 2002) provide full database integration, check-in/out
capabilities, and the ability to create sub-webs with different authoring
privileges—very desirable features for web developers and site managers.
For more information on the Windows Web server upgrade, or
to report a broken link, see: