What is the difference between these two commands? If I start apache using apachectl start, I have no problems connecting to a MSSQL server from a PHP page, whereas if I use service httpd start only a blank page appears when loading the page. If I have to use apachectl start, will I still be able to configure httpd to secure the service? I haven't configured anything yet, still doing a lot of reading. The only thing that I have done is flush the iptables (#iptables -F) and doing so allows me to connect to the server from other computers on the network. I've been reading about htaccess files. Are these placed in the folder that I want the user to access (/usr/www/html) and place a "deny from all" "Allow from none" statement? I'll award the maximum points since I'm asking several questions. Thanks!