Web Server Layout
The CSE department runs two web servers that display students'
homepages. Our main departmental web server is http://www.cse.buffalo.edu
(which is really a machine named alfred.cse.buffalo.edu). Students'
homepages are based on their username as
http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~username, and the web server looks in
the directory ~/public_html for the homepage. The main departmental web
server needs to be as reliable as possible, so this machine
does not allow students to have anything other than static HTML files in
their web sites.
To allow students access to some of the more advanced web functionality without
compromising the stability of the main departmental web server, a second web
server is available. This server is
http://www-student.cse.buffalo.edu and it accesses students' homepages
exactly the same way as the main departmental web server, except that
it supports more advanced web functionality. Unlike the main
departmental web server, we are also allowing interactive logins to this
server so you can look directly at the web server's log files, kill off
runaway scripts yourself, etc. The actual hostname of this machine is
As with the main departmental web server, your home directory is not
local on the web server machine itself. Your home directory
is hosted on our departmental network-attached storage (NAS) device. When we enable your access to cheshire, the password is taken from sol.
This page last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012