Reverse Proxy - How would the basics work in this scenerio and what software tools would be needed

Posted on 2014-08-26
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I am working on a project that would require a website hosted on a windows 2003 server to look to users as coming from a different website hosted some where else. Example, the source "real" hosted page is at  www.realpages.com/dir/page.aspx. On a completely different webserver on a completely different network, there is a domain called www.theotherdomain.com. If a user visits www.theotherdomain.com/dir/page.aspx, they are really seeing a page hosted at www.realpages.com/dir/page.aspx, but the url in their browser shows www.theotherdomain.com.

www.realpages.com are hosted on windows 2003 IIS currently with plans to host on windows 2012. www.theotherdomain.com is most likely linux.

I manage the www.realpages.com windows 2003 web server.

If this is a reverse proxy, is the configuration of the reverse proxy entirely up to the linux web master at www.theotherdomain.com? Would there be any issues with aspx pages in a reverse proxey of this nature?

Thanks for any basic information.
Question by:Mark B
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apaches mod_proxy_http can work in many ways
1) It sends requests to backend like http://backend/application
2) It sends requests to named virtual host on backend like www.company.com/...
3) It can also proxy SSL based on SNI
4) Or it can handle SSL encryption while backend is (1) or (2)

It can also cache static content (mod_cache_disk) or add cache hints (mod_expires) or compress files (mod_deflate) in all abovementioned cases. It really is up to you to weight benefits of offloading ssl and compression (both performance and regulatory compliance ways)

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by:Mark B
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Thanks, this was helpful direction.

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