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Hi,

I tried to install the personal server under my Windows98 without success. It may crush my PC! I think that is because Visual Interdev conflicted with my network and I don't want to install again!
If no local server, my Visual Interdev cannot work properly....

Any idea?

Thank you in advance.
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To be able to use InterDev to its fullest you do need to be able to connect to a web server. What kind of issues did you encounter with PWS? Can you provide more info on you particular setup? (network etc.)

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by:wellwet
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Hi Bit_Twiddler,

I just cannot understand what happend after I install PWS. Do you think PWS can conflict some letwork setting in my university? Can we install some very local server, say, only in a folder and without touch with the network?

You can read the whole story at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?qid=20275554 
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As far as I know PWS should not conflict with any network settings. However there are some security issues with PWS that if installed as a web server on a network can make you computer vulnerable.

See: http://www.jmu.edu/computing/info-security/engineering/issues/ms_pws.shtml

To avoid this install PWS as a client for Visual InterDev, not as a true server.

See either one of the following link for details:

http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q243898&LN=EN-US&SD=msdn&FR=0&#Method6

And use the link for: Scenario 4: Product Installation with Some Server Components on Windows 9x

or

http://www.prenhall.com/deitel/html/cd-info_iw3-htp/interdev-tips_win9x.html

You may need to uninstall PWS and Interdev and redo the installation as detailed in the above links.
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by:wellwet
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Hi Bit_Twiddler,

Are you sure?!
I should tell you also:
I did not install in network, I install in my PC which is connected with the network of my university.

Do you need to tell me nore before I have a try?
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by:wellwet
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Hi Bit_Twddler,

I have install it!! Looks better than last time...
However, IE cannot recognise localhost:

....cannot find the URL...
While trying to retrieve the URL: http://localhost.myuniversity.xx.xx/ 

I clicked
http://localhost.myuniversity.xx.xx/
then it found the sample page.

So, it added myuniversity.xx.xx to localhost automatically!?

Any idea?
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Bit_Twiddler earned 440 total points
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Rather than using localhost try using the name of your machine. Go to the control panel and double click on network then select the IDENTIFICATION tab and use the name in the COMPUTER NAME field for your URL.

e.g I have PWS running on one of my machines on a small network the machine name is TBIRD950 and the URL for the home page for my server is http://TBIRD950/index.htm

If this does not work you may need to add an entry into the HOSTS file on your machine.
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by:Bit_Twiddler
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Re:  PWS and security risk. Microsoft's own recommendation appears to be not to use PWS on any network shared with untrusted computers.

Hence my suggestion to install it in limited form as a client for InterDev only.
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