Try to access a virtual host in a Apache Web Server on a Red Hat Linux box and only the "Test Page" shows up

Posted on 2004-08-20
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15

I'm trying to setup a webserver with virtual hosts in a Red Hat Linux (Pro 9.0) box using the service of DynDns.

I created a virtual host with the name server, say "www.xyz.com". This is a real registered domain name. This domain name has been delegated to the namne servers of DynDns.org. I also registered this domain name with DynDns to use its service. DynDns already informed me about the delegation of this domain name has been completed.

The web server starts succesfully on the server and I alrready tested it with different web pages on the localhost and it runs perfectly.

I'd like to setup this domain name as a virtual host on this web server.  I've done the following steps:
-- Open Red Hat Start --> System Settings --> Server Settings --> HTTP Server ====> Aapche Configuration window pops up
-- In "Main" tab, I named the web server, say Apache-1, and inside "Addresses Available" area, I let "All avaiable addresses on port 80" stay as default
-- In "Virtual Host" tab, I did the following things:
*** In Basic Setup
--> Named the virtual host, say virhost1
--> Set the root document directory: /var/www/html/virhost1

*** In Host Information
--> Select "Name-Based Virtual Host"
--> IP Address: is set to 192.168.1.x (this is the dynamic IP address of this Linux box)
--> Server Name: is set to "www.xyz.com"

Then I access the router (a Linksys router) to forward all the requests coming to the port 80 of the router to the dynamic IP Address of the web server, i.e. 192.168.1.x

I also created a home page, named index.html and I placed it into the root document directory (/var/www/html/virhost1/)

When I tried to access the web site www.xyz.com via the Internet, I can only get the "Test Page", exactly the same thing when I test the Apache web server the first time. It doesn't go to the assigned directory.

Maybe I missed something during these steps, please help. Any help would be appreciated.


Question by:rfr1tz
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pjedmond earned 1000 total points
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Have you restarted the apache server in order to make it re-read in your configuration?
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Also I recommend that you do not use a dynamic IP for a server inside your network that you are routing to.

The point of dyndns is that it maps your networks maps your domain name to your EXTERNAL ip so that your router can forward the request to your server.


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