So I get an email from my boss saying that our VP would really like to use our subdomain.companyname.com/portal for a vendor. Keep in mind that I host "subdomain" now internally and that vendor is first on a different server (of course) and external (past our firewalls).

So before giving the obligatory "no" I would like to hear of any mcgyvering I could do to have a folder point to an external/different server?

Note: The subdomain.thomsonreuters.com is completely internal site and only users who are on intranet and have SSO key are able to see it. The vendor - subdomain.companyname.com/portal - would be on the internet and just require SSO key.

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    If I read your question right, this sounds like something a proxy would be used for. – closetnoc Mar 16 '15 at 16:42
  • Hmmm.... correct let me update question so that proxy is out of loop. – blankip Mar 16 '15 at 17:38
  • It would be easier to create portalname.companyname.com. I'd present that as an alternative. – Stephen Ostermiller Mar 16 '15 at 18:23
  • Use a framed redirect. I'll bet your boss would never know. – Stephen Ostermiller Mar 16 '15 at 18:24
  • @StephenOstermiller - that was my first suggestion but our division is branded by subdomain so then people going to it wouldn't be able to tell my bosses what a great job they did. The framing... That is a good idea but the frame wouldn't be able to be accessed over the internet and I hope there wouldn't be any SSL browser issues (both would be https). – blankip Mar 16 '15 at 18:39

To make it work you would have to let the subdomain be available externally as well as internally. Presumably this subdomain has sensitive information on it that shouldn't be available externally. If that is the case, you would have to configure the server not to show the sensitive parts of the subdomain over the external interface.

Once it was available externally as well as internally, then you could use solutions such as:

  • Reverse proxy -- Pull in the external data and re-serve it.
  • Framed redirect -- Make it appear that the external data is part of the subdomain using HTML frames.

If making the subdomain available externally is not an option, I don't see a way of doing it. As discussed in the comments, a sub-sub-domain might be a viable alternative.

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