Configuring Internet Services


NOTE: This section only applies if you plan to continue using the Netscape FastTrack Server after an Upgrade installation. You cannot currently use the Internet Manager to configure the Apache Web Server.

If Netscape FastTrack Server is installed on your system, the Internet Manager Web button displays a list of Netscape FastTrack servers that you have configured.

Clicking on a server enables you to configure it using the Netscape administration utility for that server. This utility prompts you for a user name and password, which are initially set to be the same as that for the Internet Manager (the user name is always admin and the password is initially set to the first eight characters of the root password set during the initial system load).

NOTE: If you change the password for the Internet Manager, the passwords for the Netscape administration utilities are not changed. To change the passwords for the Netscape administration utilities, you must change them from within those utilities.

The Netscape administration utilities enable you to change many attributes of your server's behavior. Some attributes, however, should not be changed, or the Internet Manager might not work properly. Specifically, these attributes are:

See also:

Netscape FastTrack Server installation defaults

The installation of the Netscape FastTrack Server uses the following default values. You can alter these values once you complete the installation.

Server name
The string returned by hostname.
Do not change unless you change the system name (or are configuring multiple servers).

Server IP address
The first (non-loopback) returned by netstat -in, or if TCP/IP is not configured.
Do not change unless you change the system's IP address.

NOTE: Configuring web servers bound to dynamically assigned local IP addresses (for example, using dynamic PPP) is not recommended and is unsupported.

Server port
Netscape FastTrack Server listens on port 80, is administered on port 620.

Server home

Netscape FastTrack Server:

Server document root

Netscape FastTrack Server:

Server processes
Number of server processes:

Minimum 2
Maximum 32

Home page

Netscape FastTrack Server:

Index files
index.html or home.html recorded in the server's root (rather than syslog).

administration username
Set to admin.

administration password
Set to the root user's password at installation of server product.

Starting and restarting Netscape FastTrack servers

Once installed, the Netscape FastTrack Server starts automatically on reboot.

NOTE: If you have configured a secure server, starting the server requires a password, and therefore must be done manually.

If you have configured virtual domains, see ``Configuring interfaces''.

To stop and restart the Netscape server, use the following commands as root:

Netscape FastTrack Server

/usr/internet/ns_httpd/httpd-80/stop  and

If a secure server is configured:

/usr/internet/ns_https/https-443/stop   and

For more information, see the Netscape FastTrack Server documentation (but note that the server files are installed in /usr/internet/ns-httpd on SCO OpenServer).

Deferring or reconfiguring network configuration

During SCO OpenServer installation, Netscape servers are configured with settings for Server Name, Hosts, and Addresses by default. If you defer TCP/IP configuration during initial system installation or you reconfigure TCP/IP, any Netscape servers installed on your system might be improperly configured.

To configure your Netscape FastTrack Server after deferring or reconfiguring networking configuration, edit the following files:

Manually configuring Netscape servers

NOTE: Configuring new servers directly with the FastTrack Administration Server might cause them not to be seen by the Internet Manager.

To configure Netscape FastTrack Servers manually without using the Internet Manager:

  1. Start the appropriate administration server by entering this command as root:


  2. Access the administration server by opening this URLs, on the server being configured, with any forms-capable Web browser:


  3. Log into the administration server as user admin.

    At installation, the admin password was set to the first eight characters of the root password.

  4. Select the server to administer.

  5. When you are finished, stop the administration server by entering:


Improving Internet server performance

You can improve the performance of your Netscape FastTrack Internet server by increasing the values of:

These variables are tuned with the Hardware/Kernel Manager or the configure(ADM) command; see the Performance Guide for more information.

NSTRPAGES is particularly important if failures are reported by the netstat -m command. Increasing NSTRPAGES until the failures no longer occur is usually appropriate; see ``Tuning STREAMS usage'' in the ``Tuning networking resources'' chapter of the Performance Guide. Remember that increasing NSTRPAGES also affects memory usage.

If you are running a multi-processor system, it might also be helpful to increase the value of the str_pool_size variable by editing the /etc/conf/pack.d/str/space.c file. Make a back-up copy of this file before making any changes. You must relink the kernel before modifications to space.c files take effect. Tuning this variable does not appreciably affect performance on single-processor systems.

NOTE: Determining specific values for these parameters depends on your system hardware, configuration, and usage. We recommend that you experiment with these values according to the suggestions in the Performance Guide.

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SCO OpenServer Release 5.0.7 -- 11 February 2003