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PostPosted: Mon 14 Sep '20 13:08    Post subject: Reverse proxy and back-end instances (threads & connecti Reply with quote

Hello everyone!

I would like your opinions about my configuration, how I can make it more robust and portable, so I can use the same settings with minimal modifications for different environments.

My setup uses a single front-end Apache acting as a reverse proxy and SSL/TLS end-point. The back-end is made out of multiple Apache instances, one per virtual host, listening on (where xxxx is an incremental port number).


-> apache reverse proxy:443 (SSL/TLS SNI virtual hosts)
|---> apache instance:9001 (virtual host example1.tld)
|---> apache instance:9002 (virtual host example2.tld)
|---> apache instance:9003 (virtual host example3.tld)
|---> apache instance:9004 (virtual host example4.tld)
\---> apache instance:9005 (virtual host example5.tld)

My front-end apache reverse proxy runs with the default values:


ServerLimit 16
ThreadsPerChild 25
ThreadLimit 64
MaxRequestWorkers 400

So at this point, I'd appreciate your input. What should the back-end values look like, per apache instance/virtual host? Or if you prefer, what kind of algorithm should I use to generate the back-end values of the above configuration parameters?

- Everything runs on the same server.
- The reverse proxy and all back-end instances run MPM event.
- All hosted websites are of similar size and usage requirements
- Almost all of them run Wordpress (php-fpm).
- Server memory varies from 1GB to 256GB.
- For CentOS 7, apache is httpd-2.4.6
- For CentOS 8, apache is httpd-2.4.37

Thank you!
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James Blond

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PostPosted: Tue 15 Sep '20 22:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

What method are you using so far?


See also https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/mod/mod_proxy_balancer.html#scheduler
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PostPosted: Tue 15 Sep '20 23:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of the above, because I am not doing any load balancing on my reverse proxy.

I use the following to make things work:
LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so

The reverse proxy will terminate SSL/TLS and via SNI pick the right virtual host to forward the request to the equivalent back-end apache.
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