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Old 02-01-2004, 07:08 AM   #1
gevers1
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Virtual Hosting - what does it actually do?


I've been playing around with virtual hosting for a little while, and have got it working - to a point. Perhaps i misunderstand what Virtual Hosting is, so let me explain what I want to do, and can someone tell me if this is possible with Virtual Hosting, or am I just wasting my time .. :-)

I bought a domain a while back (www.mydomain.net), had it hosted at a well known uk-based hosting service. I also had several subdomains set up at that domain.

I've figured out that I can now host my own domain from my linux box, which works a treat, but now i'd like to have access to my sub-domains too.

So i've setup my httpd.conf file (snipped to protect the innocent),


<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName www.mydomain.net
ServerAlias mydomain.net *.mydomain.net
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/mydomain
ServerSignature email
DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.htm index.shtml
</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName www.mysubdomain.net
ServerAlias mysubdomain.net *.mysubdomain.net
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/mysubdomain
ServerSignature email
DirectoryIndex index.php index.html index.htm index.shtml
</VirtualHost>


I also edited my etc/hosts file, because it suggested somewhere else on this forum and it seemed to make things work so ...

Anyway, I can see my Virtual Server from my machine (i use name based Virtual hosting) but when i type in http://www.mysubdomain.net all I see is the original www.mydomain.net

I know that the httpd.conf file determines which is the main server (based on the order it appears in that file) but how do i get access from the internet to my Virutal Subdomain?

I've tried everything, and i cant get it to do what i *think* it should do. Is this what virtual hosting allows you to do? Or is it only for intranets?

thanks
/* Sjg */
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:23 AM   #2
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Virtual Domains are a way for you to have multiple domains on the same server per se.

Its also used to setup vanity domains like if you had.. www.somedomain.com and you wanted your gallery of pictures to be at gallery.somedomain.com you would set it up using the virtual domain names.

After making your changes to your httpd.conf file, you also have to add these to your DNS so it knows where to find them, etc.
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:25 AM   #3
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Thanks. I had a feeling this is what it is supposed to do. When you say 'add these to your DNS' you mean the /etc/hosts file? Or is there some other trickery i need to do?

/sjg
 
Old 02-01-2004, 09:28 AM   #4
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oops no, you mean the Bind Configuration Tool thingie with all the forward zone and reverse zone right? that looks really scary - how do you configure that to user virtual hosts?

sjg
 
  


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