Wusage 7.1 Manual: Remote Access via the -server Option


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Wusage 7.1 Manual

Remote Access via the -server Option

Users of ISP mode often wish to provide their individual virtual domain holders with access to the program, both as a simple password-protected means of accessing reports and as a means of making simple configuration changes safely. Launching Wusage with the -server option can achieve this end.

Starting Wusage with the -server Option

Please note: this approach is currently not available on the Macintosh as of Wusage 7.1 P1.

Unix-based ISPs who wish to make the program available to individual web server administrators will need to launch Wusage with the -server option. This option permits the program to accept web browser connections on port 2396, or another port if so specified with the -p option. Many users are then able to log into that single port. See the Command Line Options section of the manual for more information about the syntax of this option.

Unix administrators will launch the program as shown below:

./wusage -server
If this is your first time running the program, the administrative username and password will be displayed. If not, only a simple welcome message will appear.

Unix administrators: the first time you run the program, the administrative username and password will be shown. THEY WILL NEVER BE SHOWN AGAIN! WRITE THE USERNAME AND PASSWORD DOWN IMMEDIATELY! You will need it to create accounts for individual users. The program is not useful in isp mode without it. Windows NT-based ISPs do not need to worry about using the -server option. When Wusage 7.1 for Windows is installed on an NT or Windows 2000 system, the software automatically offers to install itself as a Windows NT Service.

Windows NT and 2000 administrators: you don't need to administer the program remotely if you choose to use the application via the server's desktop. However, if you wish to use remote administration, you can set a remote administration username and password. At the server's desktop, launch Wusage from the start menu, select ISP mode, and select "edit administrative account." You will then be able to set a username and password for your own use.

Please note: You will notice more than one copy of Wusage in your process table. This is not cause for alarm. One process will exist for each user who is actively using the program. Those processes will each "time out" and exit after 20 minutes of inactivity. The parent process forwards web connections to them, allowing a single point of entry to be used.

You, and your individual virtual domain holders, can now routinely access the program at the following URL, which you will also use for administrative purposes such as creating accounts for each virtual domain:

http://www.ispname.com:2396/
(Substitute YOUR computer's name.)

Your browser will prompt you for a username and password. If you enter the administrative username and password, you will be presented with the normal administrator's interface, beginning with the mode selection page (see Before You Start: Choosing Simple, ISP or Advanced Mode ) or with the account administration page (see Configuring the Program in ISP Mode ). If you enter the username and password you have assigned to a specific virtual domain, you will be presented with the Control Page for that specific virtual domain, with a limited set of options which are appropriate for use by individual account holders.

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT: If you are not able to connect, the host name in the URL Wusage has asked you to open may not be exactly correct. This happens when a server is not configured to supply this information correctly. Just substitute the correct name or IP address for the computer on which you are running wusage.
Once the program has been started with the -server option, it should remain running without further intervention.

Unix administrators: we recommend that you add a command to launch the program to your system's boot-time startup procedure. We recommend this command:

/path/to/my/copy/of/wusage7.1/wusage -server
Version 7.1 P3 and above will automatically "detach" and run in the background when launched in this manner.

Windows NT/2000 administrators: you don't have to worry about this! Once Wusage has been installed as a service, it is automatically launched each time the system is booted.


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