Configuring and Running the Standard Application Server

Description

Overview of configuring and running the Standard Application Server and Development Server. The Application Server settings control the server behavior, including configuring SSL, custom error pages, HTTP Publishing, and security.

 Overview

The Application Server delivers web pages containing web components to your Internet users. It also handles ajax requests from web and mobile applications built with Alpha Anywhere.

You use the Web Component Builder to build components (which know how to retrieve and display your data). Then you use the HTML Editor to place the components into HTML pages (with the .A5W extension). Finally, the Application Server delivers standard HTML, CSS, and JavaScript pages to your Internet connected users.

At least one user must be logged onto the Windows computer hosting the Application Server for it to run.

 Starting and Stopping the Server

The Application Server must be started in order to receive requests. To start the application server:

  1. Open the Application Server settings dialog. For the Development Server, the settings dialog is found under Web > Development Server on the Web Projects Control Panel. For the Standard Application Server, click the Systray icon to open the settings dialog or right-click the Systray icon and select Configure Server.

    The Development Server settings are found under the Web menu on the Web Projects Control Panel.
    The Standard Application Server can be configured by clicking on the Systray icon after the Application Server has been launched
  2. Click Start Server to start the server.

  3. If prompted, click Yes to confirm the action.

To stop the server:

  1. Open the Application Server settings dialog. For the Development Server, the settings dialog is found under Web > Development Server on the Web Projects Control Panel. For the Standard Application Server, click the Systray icon to open the settings dialog or right-click the Systray icon and select Configure Server.

    The Development Server settings are found under the Web menu on the Web Projects Control Panel.
    The Standard Application Server can be configured by clicking on the Systray icon after the Application Server has been launched
  2. Click Stop Server to stop the server.

  3. If prompted, click Yes to confirm the action.

The Standard Application Server can also be started and stopped through the right-click context menu available for the Systray icon. Right-click on the systray icon to open the menu and select Stop server or Start server to stop or start the server.

Select "Start server" to start the server
Select "Stop server" to stop the server

 Application Server Settings

Name
Description
General Settings

The General tab controls the basic server settings used by the Application Server.

Logging Settings

The Logging tab controls the logging behavior of the Application Server.

Alerts Settings

Configure the Application Server to send administrative alerts via email or text message.

Access and Errors Settings

Settings for adding custom error handler pages and access restrictions, including directory browsing and IP restrictions.

SSL Settings

Options for configuring SSL support on the Application Server.

Performance Settings

Advanced settings for fine-tuning server performance.

Advanced Settings

Advanced settings for configuring the Application Server.

Other Settings

Other settings includes tools for testing connection strings, migrating Users and groups to the Alpha Anywhere Application Server for IIS, and configuring HTTP Publish.

The Application Server's control panel is accessed by going to Web > Development Server from within the Alpha Anywhere development environment or by selecting Configure Server from the context menu for the Alpha Anywhere Standard Application Server's Systray icon.

Select Settings from the Systray right-click context menu or click the systray icon to open the Application Server settings dialog.

The Application Server Settings dialog is where the server is configured and controlled. Starting and stopping the server is as simple as using the Start Server and Stop Server buttons on this dialog box or on the System toolbar. Any changes made while the server is running will not take effect until you stop and then restart your server.

The Application Server Settings dialog.