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Oracle iPlanet Web Proxy Server Virtual MultiHosting Undocumented Feature (Doc ID 1354927.1)

Last updated on JULY 06, 2020

Applies to:

Oracle iPlanet Web Proxy Server - Version 4.0.5 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.


Virtual Multihosting allows the proxy server to respond differently to a request based on the incoming host header as if there was a different server installed at the address.

However there is a feature that is not described in the documentation.

Firstly let's look at the default behaviour.

Via the GUI you can route the request based on the incoming host header and/or port number to a specific destination prefix. 

From Above Image:

Source Hostname (alias) - <HOSTNAME>

Source Domain Name - <DOMAINNAME>

Destination URL Prefix - http://<DESTINATION_HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>/newpages


So using this functionality we can map from:

http://<HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>:<PORTID>/mypage to the new prefix http://<DESTINATION_HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>/newpages

The outgoing URL would be http://<DESTINATION_HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>/newpages/mypage.

However you can also create a mapping where the the incoming URL is not appended to the resource. In this case the destination is an absolute url and not a prefix.


http://<HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>:<PORTID>/mypage/ -------> http://<DESTINATION_HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>/mypage and not http://<DESTINATION_HOSTNAME>.<DOMAINNAME>/newpages/mypage

This uses a currently undocumented feature.


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