The CHE environment is a Windows IIS web hosting platform supporting ASP.NET and Microsoft SQL. This page is intended to be a quick guide to getting a site set up on CHE.
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The UITS Quick Start Guide
There isn't a lot of how-to documentation for CHE but you can start with the UITS CHE KB Page. There is a really nice CHE administrative web interface that gives you lots of details about the system once you have a project set up. Your best bet is just to go ahead and request the project (see below) and then use this admin interface for more details. You will also be emailed more details when your site is created.
Step 0: Show Me the Money
CHE and Microsoft SQL accounts, including virtual domain hosting, are free for most SoIC uses but only with limited storage space. If you exceed the 1GB file storage limit then you will have to pay the $1/GB/year recurring storage fee. So, for example, if you wanted an additional 25GB of file storage and 25GB of additional Microsoft SQL database space, there would be a $50 annual charge and you must provide an account number for this on the request form. If you are setting up an account that serves a school-sponsored function (ie. a class site) and want the school to fund it, please contact us via the SoIC Help Desk. If you have another account number you want to use and you are authorized to use it, you can just provide that in the request form. You can see the current billing charges on the Web Account Service Charges Page.
Step 1: Creating a CHE Project
The first step is to create your CHE project. You can do that by logging into the CHE administrative web interface. If this is your first CHE project, you will see the New Site Request form that you can fill out and submit. If you have existing projects and want to create a new one, just click on the Request one HERE link at the bottom of the page.
Step 2: Selecting a URL
By default, your site will be accessible via 3 separate URLs, one each for production, test, and development. These URLs will be of the form:
- Production: https://project.webhost.iu.edu/
- Test: https://project.test.webhost.iu.edu/
- Development: https://project.dev.webhost.iu.edu/
In the above URLs, project will be substituted by the name you selected for your particular project.
It is also possible to host a virual domain (eg. something.soic.indiana.edu) and this can be done by TBD.
Step 3: Publishing to CHE
Your project area will be accessible via Windows shares and the paths to these can be found by logging into the CHE administrative web interface and clicking on the Shares tab. You will have 3 separate shares for each project, one each for the production, test, and development sites. Access to the project site is grated via IU usernames so you will be able to grant permissions to the files to other users, as needed.