Multiple sites on Xampp

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Multiple sites on Xampp

Postby moonshinerat » 07. May 2008 04:31

Evening guys.

I'm getting kinda frustrated with Xampp now, trying to setup multiple sites.

For six weeks, I have tried each day a different method shown on the official documentation, three different forums and a number of independent websites to get Xampp to see multiple websites. I don't know what I am doing wrong, but I have tried this on Linux and Windows and keep getting the same result - server not found.

Please don't be offended by my frustration but I've been a network engineer for thirteen years. I have tried the solutions in fifteen threads and nine independentant sites. None of them work.

My current vhosts file looks like this:

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "Z:/Websites/Development/bigtracks"

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "Z:/Websites/Development/galoeng"

<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "Z:/Websites/Development/goldmonkey"

I obviously have a drive Z with Websites/Development/websitename on.

My hosts file looks like this: localhost

I have tried:

and so on with the other site names.


gives me a permission denied or directory does not exist error. The other site names give me a server not found error.

I really need this to be up an running. When I had two PC's this was not a problem in Apache but trying to run sites on virtual hosts is becoming a bit of a joke.

Any help appreciated folks.
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Postby Nobbie » 07. May 2008 11:30

1) There is missing a vhost for localhost

2) In all vhosts is missing a <directory xxxx> configuration (where xxxx stands for the value of DocumentRoot), where the Apache Rights are granted (Options, Order deny, allow etc.). One example:

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<Directory Z:/Websites/Development/bigtracks>
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks Includes ExecCGI
    AllowOverride All
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all

You have to insert this block in for each virtual host.

3) If Z: is mapped to a different server or pc, you must establish the connection before Apache starts. Also Apache must run with sufficient rights to access to net drive. Therefore, usually you CANNOT start apache as a service, but you have to start it from the Xampp panel after the PC has bootet and after all connections have established.
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