Questions: Multisite (Drupal), Forwarding, SSL, ISPConfig

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by tester321, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. tester321

    tester321 Member

    Hello. I have searched and found some related but not exact answers. I would appreciate any help.

    o Using HowToForge Drupal/ISPConfig Multisite (not relevant, but running on Debian on VMware Server)
    o Working fine so far (very new with Drupal, so just learning)

    1) How can I get two (or more) domains to go to the same site properly? (i.e., multisite using ONE ip)

    Need all of them to go to www.domain1.tld (don't mind/care if it rewrites/redirects).

    Example: I often register,,, etc. and just want them all to go to on the HowToForge ISPConfig/Drupal setup. And, would strongly prefer if this could be done via ISPConfig interface and not via manual editing of config files.

    So far I have tried the "Co-Domains" with "Forwarding" (of the 2nd domain to the 1st domain), but I keep getting:
    "This IP address is shared. For access to the web site which you look for, enter its address instead of its IP.
    For questions or problems please contact the server administrator."

    2) Is it possible to have ALL of the ISPConfig/Drupal sites SSL-enabled? How? Can they all have separate certificates from each other and their ISPConfig parent? Can they use Certificate(s) from a commercial CA and do this?

    Thank you in advance for any feedback or help.
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2009
  2. AlArenal

    AlArenal New Member

    I'd also like to know..

    Right now my machines are all using ISPC2. For a new client and his specific needs I'd need the ability to run a Drupal multisite instance for several sub-clients, some even using SSL. So we have several domains pointing to one web, some with own IP addresses as required by SSL / Apache and would need to manage mails per domain without getting different sub-clients mixed-up.

    As I haven't used ISPC3 yet I'd like to know whether this would work, before I send my client an offer sheet..

  3. tester321

    tester321 Member

    Alex: I was able to figure out the answer to my first question (ISPConfig domain redirection)

    1) To have, for example, redirect to

    o Define as a Site in ISPConfig
    o Click "Co-Domains" Tab
    o Click New
    o Put www in the the "Hostname" field (I have NOT been able to get this to work by leaving this blank; i.e., so that * would redirect)
    o Put domain.tld into the "Domains" field
    o Click "Forward" Tab
    o Put (or any site you want to redirect to) into the "Forward" field

    - FYI, in my case all the domains point to the same IP as I am doing multisite via a single IP; so it sends users to the proper site based on url/dns name used to access the ip
    - I was missing the leading "http://" in the Domains field until I did a ton of searching and it was mentioned as a side comment in someone's post.

    2) I still for the life of me cannot get SSL to work across all of the sites. It is only working for the ISPConfig site ... the Drupal websites are giving me "SSL received a record that exceeded the maximum permissible length ... (Error code: ssl_error_rx_record_too_long)"

    I have been reading and re-reading posts on this forum to figure it out but no success so far:
    o ISPConfig: from http to https & from https to http
    o Understanding SSL (help to understand)
    o https on new v3 port 8080 (I am using ISPConfig v2 though from the "Perfect" how to)
    o Just installed ispconfig3, problems with ssl certiftcates
    o Fail to open ISPConfig site: firefox 8182
    o Apache2-SSL-PHP5-Howto
    o How To Enable Multiple HTTPS Sites For One IP On Debian Etch Using TLS Extensions

    Hopefully someone else can provide guidance.

    3) Also, I am trying to figure out how to get "simple urls" to work. If I can figure out multi-site SSL and the simple urls, I will be super happy.

    Hope that helps
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2009
  4. tester321

    tester321 Member

    According to this post from 2006 on here,

    My question is simply this:

    Can I serve up SSL/encrypted pages on multiple DOMAINS under ISPConfig on ONE IP?? And how?

    I don't care if it is a self-certified certificate. I don't care if it contains the name of the ISPConfig domain, etc. I just want to be able to serve up Encrypted web pages from all sites under the one ISPConfig setup (what I hope would be similar to the 2nd point Till makes up above).

    I realize that Users may get a browser error that the Cert doesn't match the domain -- and I am willing to deal with that as well ... think of it as a "family" of websites under one parent (ISPConfig) but responding to different domain names and sharing the certificate.

    If anyone could confirm that, I would be very thankful.

    Thank you.
  5. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    No, you need one IP per HTTPS site.
  6. tester321

    tester321 Member

    falko: Thanks for the reply.

    Is it possible to use the domain/cert of the ISPConfig (which is successfully using HTTPS via http://ispconfigdomain.tld:81 right now) for things like secure User registrations of the child domains hosted there?

    I just have an occasional need for secure communications (Registration).

    Not possible, not worth the effort??


    PS: I do have 1 or 2 ips that I could expose to the public ... if this is the only way ... how to create the SSL Self-Cert for them on the other ip while still running under the existing multisite ISPConfig? Can the 2nd Cert on a 2nd IP co-exist with multisite non-SSL on a single (other) IP??
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  7. tester321

    tester321 Member

  8. AlArenal

    AlArenal New Member

    Hi Falko,

    how about my Drupal multisite question regarding ISPC3? As I know you're using Drupal yourself I thought you might know / might even had a Drupal mutlisite scenario in mind when you designed ISPC3..

  9. carpotgieter

    carpotgieter New Member

    Solution fot ISPConfig Domain Forwarding / Redirection

    Ok I have been looking for the same solution as most of you guys and have stumbled on what I believe might be the answer.

    I know using Cpanel you where able to redirect a website that you have created to another website so in mike case lets say i have.

    and I want and to point to I would create new domains or accounts for them in Cpanel and forward them all to

    Well at first this was an absolute nightmare for me to do in ISPConfig because I could only redirect and not and vise versa for Until I read the tool tips and this is how I overcome the problem.

    1. Create new domains for, and
    2. In the ISP manager for both & change the hostname to "." (thats a fullstop without the colons).{Yeah I know it was strange for me too}
    3. Next in IPSmanager for both & click on co-domains tab this is the forward function for ISPConfig if you havnt figured it out yet.
    4. Ok now this is the tricky part, firstly click on the ip adress next to your domain name, there shouldnt be anything in the hostname field, now click on the forward field and enter the whole domain name you would like your host to be forwarded to {eg}. and click on save.
    5. Ok now for the "www". once again from the co-Domains click on the new button and in the hostname field enter "www", and in the in the domain field enter you domain name. good now repeat step 4 and enter the forwarding address.
    6. Next just repeat the above steps for and you should have a very nice website with 2 other websites forwarded to it.

    Whoala you should have a forward to a website. Please let me know if you have any trouble understanding my instructions, I usually dont post instructions on sites like these but I just thought It might help someone else.

    Have fun and good luck with ISPconfig.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2009
  10. tester321

    tester321 Member

    For anyone interested, I was able to figure out the answer to my question after some searching and experimenting. I am posting in this thread in case it helps anyone else. (I am sure it may be well documented, it still took me a while to figure it out).

    Clean URLs on the Drupal Multisite / ISPConfig2 / Etch:

    1) Create an .htaccess file (owner root:root) in /var/www/ directory of each virtual site!!
    example: /var/www/www.domain.tld/web

    contents of .htaccess:
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>  
    RewriteEngine on  
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f  
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d  
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]  
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2009
  11. tester321

    tester321 Member

    I found an interesting addition to the .htaccess on today:

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    [B]RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !=/favicon.ico[/B]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ /index.php?q=$1 [L,QSA]
    I am assuming this is to stop all of those "File Not Found" errors in the log since IE insists on looking for "favicon.ico" in the filesystem.

    (You can also install the favicon module; but the above doesn't require the installation of another module).


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