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I'm looking at setting up a website that will run a few different apps. Most of them can be managed by an Apache server, but I've got one specific thing that will run on a custom HTTP server.

Looking around on apache.org, it looks like you can use mod_proxy to configure Apache to act as a "reverse proxy" and forward requests from a specific subdirectory to a new server with the ProxyPass directive. So if I wanted send anything from mysite.com/special on to the custom server, that's how I would do it.

But what if I want to set it up as a subdomain instead? The documentation doesn't seem to cover that. If, I wanted to make it forward anything from special.mysite.com to the new server, how would I set that up?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

If it's only HTTP traffic:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName special.mysite.com
    ProxyRequests     Off
    ProxyPreserveHost On
  <Proxy *>
    Order deny,allow
    Allow from all
    ProxyPass /
    ProxyPassReverse /
  <Location />
    Allow from all

(This assumes your "special" server runs on 8081. Change that URL to wherever it runs.)

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