Okay so I love Apache and at every chance I will use it over Microsoft IIS or any other web serving service, unless a specific application is only written for Microsoft IIS – such as (Citrix Web Interface) !!

So in the case of only having one public IP and Citrix Web Interface behind it but wanting to host on Apache, I had to set up an Apache box to proxy all traffic for a certain domain name to the IIS box. Did I explain that well, probably not, … lets draw a picture!

Apache mod_proxy


Apache mod_proxy

mod_proxy is the Apache module for redirecting web pages, it isn’t just one module but rather a collection of them:

  • mod_proxy
  • modproxyhttp
  • modproxyftp
  • modproxyconnect
  • modproxyajp
  • modproxywstunnel
  • modproxywstunnel
  • modproxybalancer
  • mod_cache
  • mod_headers
  • mod_deflate

Installing Apache mod_proxy

This assumes you have Apache installed and running, if not just run the following to install:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
apt-get install apache2

Install Essential Build Tools

The package is required to install from source code

apt-get install -y build-essential

Install Module and Dependancies

apt-get install -y libapache2-mod-proxy-html libxml2-dev

Activating the Modules

We need to enable the necessary modules before configuring Apache, to check to see what modules are available, run the following:


Input the following modules to load:

proxy proxy_ajp proxy_http rewrite deflate headers proxy_balancer proxy_connect proxy_htmla2enmod


Restart Apache

service apache2 restart

Configuring Apache vHosts for mod_proxy

In this example I will be using “” to a webserver at as a domain and IP to get mod_proxy to redirect to, you will need to change this to suit your needs.

Create a vhost

vi /etc/apache2/sites-available/

Copy and paste the following into the conf file

<VirtualHost *:80>
 ProxyPreserveHost On
 ProxyPass /

Save and quit (:wq)

Enable Site

Enable the site by running the following:


Restart Apache

Finally, restart Apache web server

service apache2 reload

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