Apache forward proxy

How to install a forward proxy:

  1. In a typical multi-host environment, you need to add a virtual server to the apache configuration. In order to do that, add a file (e.g. ForwardProxy.conf) to the sites-available directory. This file must contain the following configuration lines for the proxy to listen on port 8080:

    ProxyRequests On
    ProxyVia On

    Require ip 192.168

    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/error_ForwardProxy.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/access_ForwardProxy.log combined

1000 times too slow

This is all what was needed to connect the XP machine back to the network!

Helsinki University has outsourced parts of its IT infrastructure to Microsoft. Even if outsourcing is cheaper in the short term than generating equivalent services locally, the net effect is likely negative due to the lost jobs, know how and independence. It doesn’t need a conspiracy to explain this self-destructive behavior, just bad decision criteria, which do not include long term and externalized costs.


Let's encrypt duplicated my log files

I have not been keeping log files for my web server until the beginning of 2016, when I needed to trace access to certain files (I started to use awstats, mostly because I was familiar with it since I had used it years ago when my site was still running on a Red Hat server). In March 2016 I luckily started to use Let's Encrypt. I had used another "free" service before, which got recently into big trouble as they apparently had not control over their own security.