Configuring Active Perl (Windows 2000 Server)
Note: The author understands that Active Perl may no longer be available to download. This article is therefore published for historical reference only.
1. Where to find the Internet Services Manager
Click on 'Start', 'Programs' and then 'Administrative
Tools'. You'll be presented with the box you can see
in Fig.1 (above). Select 'Internet Services Manager'.
2. The Properties Dialogue:
By this time you should be familiar with the IIS Console,
so locating your site in the list, right-clicking on
your CGI directory and selecting properties shouldn't
pose a serious problem. The dialogue box shown in Fig.2
(above) should appear.
3. Configuring your CGI application:
First of all, you'll need to uncheck 'Index this resource'
because your cgi-bin isn't going to host anything your
visitors would want to see.
Next, click on 'Create' (shown in Fig.2). This will
bring up a dialogue not unlike the one above (Fig.3).
Click on 'Configuration' and proceed to the next step.
4. The Application Configuration Dialogue:
This dialogue is simply telling the server how to deal
with certain script-based files. You can see that asp.dll
processes all ASP applications as well as CDX, ASA and
so on.... However, nothing exists in the list to process
Click on 'Add' and proceed to the next step.
5. Application Extension Mapping:
Enter the details shown above.
The Executable is the path to the Perl.exe file, (default
installation location shown) and the '%s %s' are required
because the server needs to know firstly where the script
is located and secondly what the script parameters are.
If you don't understand, don't worry, just make sure
you include them.
The Extension (in this case .cgi) means that any file
with this extension in this directory will be processed
in this way, although it may be necessary to also include
another application with .pl as the extension. If that
is necessary just repeat all the steps and add the extension
.pl instead of .cgi.
Finally, I'm going to limit what the application can
do to just 'GET' and 'PUT'. This is only a measure to
protect the application against malicious intent from
it's users, not really necessary in this case, but good
6. The completed Application Configuration
If you have followed these instructions correctly, your
Application Configuration dialogue box should look something
like Fig 6 (above). You can add as many extra applications
as you like, .pl would be a good start.