Academic Computing and Networking Services (ACNS) offers a variety of web services. The services are differentiated by the capabilities each provides.
Unix-based Web Servers
Static HTML/Client-side scripting
ACNS provides yuma accounts for departments to post static web pages to the www.colostate.edu web server. Limited virtual hosting is provided for departments and colleges.
Unix-based Web Servers
Yuma/Lamar support Perl or C "cgi-bin" capabilities and very limited database connectivity (i.e. accessing DBM files such as ODBM, NDBM, SDBM, GDBM, and BSD-DB via the Perl AnyDBM_File library).
Windows-based Dynamic Web Servers
Advanced server-side scripting, robust database functionality
ACNS offers Dynamic Web Server accounts for departments and colleges to build dynamic, database-driven web sites using the Microsoft .NET Framework. More details are listed below.
Web Service Options
Web services are available to students, staff, faculty, colleges, departments, and organizations affiliated with Colorado State University.
Faculty and staff: may create a web site using their account on lamar. Visit the Creating a WWW Home Page Self-Help Guide for more information.
Colleges, departments and organizations: are set up with a special account for web services. ACNS provides the accounts, storage space and web services but does not provide end user support for authoring web pages.
Students: Undergraduate students may create a personal web site via Google Apps for CSU. Graduate students can create a personal website on their lamar account.
To request an account, please complete the Web Server Account Request Form.
For information related to web site development on UNIX (yuma, lamar): direct your questions to the Computing Help Desk.
For information related to web site development on the Windows-based Dynamic Web Servers: please direct your questions to Joe Volesky, ACNS, at 970-491-3752 or send email to email@example.com.
Windows-based Dynamic Web Server Information
The Windows-based dynamic Web servers are provided in a dual-server configuration: both a development and production system are available. The two servers are configured identically such that the production environment is duplicated in the development environment. These servers run the Microsoft Windows Server Operating System with Internet Information Services, and support only Microsoft .NET Framework technologies.
We require that departments develop and test all code on the development server before posting content to the production server. ACNS reserves the right to shut down a web site that is noticeably impacting the performance of the web server and other sites on that server until the problem can be resolved.
ACNS offers database connectivity in conjunction with the Dynamic Web Servers via Microsoft SQL Server databases.
Getting started / miscellaneous information
- Dynamic web services are available to colleges, departments, and organizations. If an interested department already has a CWIS account on yuma, an account of the same name will be created on the dynamic web servers. If an interested department does not already have a CWIS account, one may be obtained by completing the Web Server Account Request Form. Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Dynamic web services are not offered to students or for faculty/staff personal web sites.
- Getting Started: ACNS will create an account, provide storage space, and help with the setup for database connectivity
- Access to CWIS account content directories: on the servers is available via Windows Networking shared drives, or by FTP.
- Virtual site hosting: is available on an as-needed basis. (Virtual Hosting means that while the name of our production server might be abc.colostate.edu, we could host a "virtual" web site named "yourdepartmentname.colostate.edu" if desired.)
- Client authoring software: If needed, end users must purchase their own client authoring software (Dreamweaver, Microsoft Visual Studio, etc.). Additionally, end users must know how to create and manage their own databases and write the dynamic web code to interact with the database. Alternatively you can contact CSU's Department of Web Communications which provides these services.
- Fees/Quotas: At this time there is no charge for use of the Dynamic Web Servers. While we are not placing strict quotas on disk space, we will monitor disk usage and from time to time will make determinations about disproportionate disk usage and make suitable arrangements with the department involved.