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What's New in Central Web Support?

By Shannon Eric Peevey, UNT Central Web Support

To say that this is an exciting time in Central Web Support, is an understatement. We are in a position to solidify our installations, and are bringing some new technologies on line.

First, we now have a new Windows 2003 server, named steppe.unt.edu, in beta. This will complete our current list of supported technologies, which includes, ColdFusion, PHP, Java, and, now, ASP.NET. This server is open to those Web developers that would like to develop in ASP, and who are not afraid of encountering a few glitches, as they help me to understand how to support this new technology. We will not add Microsoft Access back to our list of supported database applications, but you will be free to use them if you desire. We will assume that your Web should have a database backend, and, therefore, will continue to create a MySQL, PostgreSQL, or MS SQL Server database for your ASP.NET Web. So far, this server has been exciting. Microsoft, in an attempt to become more secure, has made things much more complicated than they need to be, but IIS 6 seems to be a good step-up in their Web service capabilities. At this time, I do not understand the way that they try to integrate WebDAV into the server, (I am open to anyone that can help me get this configured), so we only support Frontpage Server Extensions, (ie Frontpage clients, and Web Folders). I hope that will change in the future. We hope that you will help us bring steppe.unt.edu out of beta soon.

Finally, we have moved the Web2 and database servers over to use LDAP authentication. This has been a long time in coming, and is made possible through some helper applications that allow us to synch passwords across our many technologies. The transition seems to have been smooth, and I think that Web developers will appreciate the fact that they do not need to remember one more password for... which application? ;)

We hope to hear from you, and thank you for helping us to make our services the best that they can be!