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[THREDDS #BIO-248538]: simple THREDDS config questions

Greetings Chris!

First, welcome to the world of THREDDS! You may find it very helpful to check 
out the online tutorial, which can be found at 


It seems like you have Tomcat and the THREDDS Data Server (TDS) up and running, 
but it may be useful to check out some of the installation info on those to 
read up on some suggestions about securing TDS. Ok, now let me try to answer 
some of your questions below.

> Hi,
> I'm a new user, so I'm hoping these are very easy questions to answer.
> 1) I have a catalog configured and it works fine when I load it on my local
> host, e.g.:
> http://localhost:8080/thredds/catalog.html
> but I cannot figure out why I can't view the catalog from the outside of my
> server host (vortex), e.g.
> http://vortex.atms.unca.edu/thredds/catalog.html

First, you will need to add :8080 to your url, like this:


However, it appears that port 8080 is being filtered, so you will need to talk 
to your network admin about opening that port so that the outside world can see 
your server. Before doing so, check out the security sections of the TDS 
tutorial :-)

> 2) How is the "catalog.html" file generated, and why don't I see this file
> anywhere in the filesystem?

The THREDDS software generates catalog.html from catalog.xml. (See below)

> 3) How can I alter the "look" of the catalog.html file?  For example, there
> is some information at bottom ("Initial TDS Intallation at My Group") that I
> need to configure.  Can the colors be altered?  The title at the top?

Much of this can be altered through threddsConfig.xml. Check out 


Editing the xml files may be a little intimidating at first, but as long as you 
are following along with the tutorial you should be ok. If not, don't hesitate 
to ask questions.



> Please let me know if you need any additional information.  Thanks for your
> time.
> Chris
> --

Ticket Details
Ticket ID: BIO-248538
Department: Support THREDDS
Priority: Normal
Status: Open

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