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I have an apache 2.2 webserver running on a windows machine. The php files load correctly from localhost without any issue. When trying to load the same site on a machine on the LAN it does not load. Non PHP files load without any issues.

Any ideas?

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by:Chris Stanyon
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How are you loading the pages (are you calling them with a URL - if so, what is it). Is your DNS setup correctly (HOSTS file on Windows)

You can open any HTML file in any browser and it will work, but that doesn't mean the server is 'serving' it. PHP has to be served by a server - you can't just open your files and expect them to work.
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We are loading the pages using a web browser by referring to the machines local IP address. E.g. http://10.0.0.10/index.php
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OK. You say it doesn't load - what do you mean? Does it time out / do you get an error etc.

Do you have a firewall in place / if so, have you opened up port 80?

If you call http://10.0.0.10/index.html you say it works fine, but not if you change the filename to index.php
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by:fred2k3
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Thanks Chris,

Yes, the page (on IE) times out with "This page can't be displayed".

There are no firewalls on the machine running apache.

Calling index.html works fine without any issue.
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Hmmmm. All the obvious stuff seems to be checked. If you simply rename your index.html file to index.php does it still hang. (i.e it hangs on a php file even if they is no PHP in it?)

Try a simple PHP file containing something very basic:

<?php echo "PHP File"; ?>

What happens if you call http://10.0.0.10/index.php on the server itself.
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Unfortunately it still doesnt work when using a basic file.

When calling http://10.0.0.10/index.php on the server itself, it redirects to http://127.0.0.01/index.php and loads?
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Right - it shouldn't redirect - it should just load the page from 10.0.0.10

Maybe that's where the problem lies. If you call 10.0.0.10 on a remote computer and it tries to redirect to 127.0.0.1 then it'll never get served. Now just to figure out what's causing the redirect.

Do you have any .htaccess files in your folder? If you do, remove them.

Maybe time to have a look at your http.conf file - particularly the virtual hosts section as well, to make that's configured correctly.
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Thanks, yes we do have htaccess files in your folder - they are there by default for the Magento installation. Removing them didnt resolve the issue.

I couldnt see a section about virtual hosts in the http.conf, only comments about it. We havent altered the file, so it out of the box so to speak. Any section i should look at?
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Ahhhh right!

Magento is a complex system and is configured to run on a specific server. The base_url of your installation is stored in the database (in the core_config_data table). I'm guessing you have yours set up to be 127.0.0.1 and not 10.0.0.10!! If you want to access your Magento app over your network then you can't use 127.0.0.1

As for your virtual hosts, it may be in a different file. Look for a line like this:

Include conf/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf

If it's not commented out (i.e it doesn't start with a semi-colon) then that's the file that contains details of your virtual hosts.

If you want to do simple tests, then you will need to remove all the files related to magento from your folder (including htaccess!!). Once done, put a simple file in there and try and access it.

A better setup wold be to use 'named virtual hosts' - that's more complicated but would allow you to serve several different websites from the same server.
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Many thanks for your help.
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