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shred67



Joined: 24 Mar 2022
Posts: 3
Location: UK

PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar '22 14:24    Post subject: Route traffic to an index on a network connected server/PC Reply with quote

Good Afternoon all,

Very new to Apache web server so looking for a few pointers.

I have installed Apache 2.4.53 on a Windows 10 machine for testing. I have successfully installed 3 websites in the htdocs folder and have created links to the site through the httpd-vhosts.conf. I can now reach all of the sites through my web explorer.

Is there a way to route incoming clients to a site that is on another machine attached to the same network?

Something like the following:
Code:
<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerAdmin xxxx@gmail.com
    DocumentRoot "192.168.2.94\ProgramData\Niagara4.9\vykon\stations
\Thermatic_TEC\shared\viewBuilder\Niagara49\index.html"
    ServerName 192.168.2.94
    ServerAlias www.cloudabc123.co.uk
    ErrorLog "logs/www.cloudabc123.co.uk-error.log"
    CustomLog "www.cloudabc123.co.uk-access.log" common
</VirtualHost>


Or am I going in the totally wrong direction.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.


Last edited by shred67 on Fri 25 Mar '22 16:02; edited 1 time in total
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Otomatic



Joined: 01 Sep 2011
Posts: 83
Location: Paris, France, EU

PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar '22 15:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

DocumentRoot must be the path to a folder, not to a file ans must use slash / not backslash \ even in Windows.

See : https://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.4/en/mod/core.html#documentroot
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shred67



Joined: 24 Mar 2022
Posts: 3
Location: UK

PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar '22 16:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the speedy reply and for pointing out my schoolboy errors.

So I am presuming that as long as the server can see the file over the network then it is possible to present the site out to clients?
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tangent



Joined: 16 Aug 2020
Posts: 213
Location: UK

PostPosted: Fri 25 Mar '22 21:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

DocumentRoot needs to be local to the Apache server, but you can present content shared from a remote server using an alias.

In the past I've used a UNC share reference to remote site content as follows:

Code:
Alias / "\\\\Remote_Server/Shared_Content/"

<Directory "\\\\Remote_Server/Shared_Content/">
  Options None
  AllowOverride None
  Require all granted
</Directory>

Set Alias as required ("/" for the whole site), or a path below the site root as required.

Of course, you need to configure suitable share permissions to allow the Apache server access.
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James Blond
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Joined: 19 Jan 2006
Posts: 7118
Location: Germany, Next to Hamburg

PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar '22 0:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

There might be also the need to change the user for the apache service. The default system account isn't allowed to access external drives / paths.
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tangent



Joined: 16 Aug 2020
Posts: 213
Location: UK

PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar '22 0:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James for pointing out this omission. You're absolutely right; a named account is needed, which brings with it potential problems with password ageing (if AD domain policies apply).
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shred67



Joined: 24 Mar 2022
Posts: 3
Location: UK

PostPosted: Mon 28 Mar '22 9:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pointers I will give this a go.
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