Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions Version 2.0 for CERN


Read this file in conjunction with the README file that came with the release. Start with the README file and refer here for installation instructions and server-specific issues.

Versions Supported

The FrontPage Server Extensions have been tested with CERN 3.0.

Installing CERN

We recommend downloading the precompiled binaries from the World Wide Web Consortium ( or Download the file httpd_3.0_bin.platform.tar.Z where platform is the name of your machine/OS. This is a compressed tar file containing a single directory. Precompiled binaries for BSDi are available at

NOTE: login(1) or su(1) to become the FrontPage user (the owner of all content and configuration files) before performing the following steps.

  1. Untar the release. For example, if you have space under the /www directory:
    cd /www
    zcat /usr/tmp/httpd_3.0_bin.platform.tar.Z | tar xvf -       
  2. Create a content directory to hold your web pages, for example:
  3. Edit /www/cern_httpd_3.0/config/httpd.conf from the distributed version:
    1. a. Change the directory mapping to refer to your cern_httpd_3.0 directory. This affects the following three lines:
      #ServerRoot	/where/ever/server_root
      ServerRoot /www/cern_httpd_3.0 
      #Exec /cgi-bin/* /your/script/directory/*
      Exec /cgi-bin/* /www/cern_httpd_3.0/cgi-bin/*
      #Pass /* /local/Web/*
      Pass /* /www/cern_httpd_3.0/content/*                   

      (The commented out line is the original. Replace each with the one shown after it.)

    2. Change the UserId and GroupId lines to reflect your FrontPage user and group.
    3. If you do not want the server to run the default port 80, modify the Port line.
    4. FrontPage wizards and templates use "index.htm" as the file name for welcome files. You should add the following line so the server will recognize them.
      Welcome index.htm               
    5. If you currently have no Welcome statements, you should also add the following lines to reinstate the default behavior:
      Welcome Welcome.html
      Welcome welcome.html
      Welcome index.html               
  4. Start the HTTP server. If your server uses a protected port, use the following command line from a root shell.
    /www/cern_httpd_3.0/bin/httpd -r /www/cern_httpd_3.0/config/httpd.conf       
  5. If you want the server automatically restarted when the system reboots, add the server start command to the appropriate /etc/rc file. Be sure to wrap it with "su www -c 'umask 022 ; ...'" if necessary.

CERN Server Issues

  1. When installing the FrontPage server extensions, the FrontPage server administrator will ask for the name of your configuration file. Give the name of your httpd.conf file.