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Web (HTTP) Protocol

The hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) is a communications protocol designed to transfer hypertext documents between computers over the Web. HTTP defines what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands.

World Wide Web Server

The commands used by the Web are defined in HTTP.

To specify the location of a resource, HTTP uses Uniform Resource Locators (URLs). URLs follow a naming convention that uniquely identifies the location of a computer, directory, or file on the Internet. The URL also specifies the Internet protocol—FTP, HTTP, for example— needed to retrieve the resource. If you know the URL of a resource, you can provide the URL, or you can link to it from a document you want to make available to Web users.

The HTTP protocol supports anonymous access, as well as basic and Windows authentication.

To configure Web (HTTP) sharing properties

  1. On the primary navigation bar, choose Shares.
  2. Choose Sharing Protocols.
  3. Select HTTP Protocol, and then choose Properties.
  4. Choose to allow all IP address to access data shares on the server, or select a single IP address from the list.
  5. Type the port number that can be used to access data shares on the. The default port number is 80.

Related Topics

For more information about HTTP, see Web (HTTP). For more information about HTTP share properties, see Web (HTTP) Sharing.