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Using Apache As A Proxy Server
Proxy? We don't need no steenkin' proxy.

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Unless you've been cryogenically frozen for the last twenty years, you probably already know what Apache is. It's the planet's most popular Web server, with a humongously-high number of Web sites relying on it to serve up content in a reliable and efficient manner. It has an enthusiastic fan following, an active development community, and the love and loyalty of millions of Webmasters all over the planet.

The cool thing about Apache, though, is that it's not just a Web server. It can do lots of other things too - and of its more interesting (though less well-known) capabilities includes the ability to act as a proxy server for both HTTP and FTP connections over a network.

If you didn't know about this, but are intrigued by the possibilities it opens up, or if you just want to take your Apache skills to the next level ("hey, Joe, did you know that you could use Apache to restrict certain machines on your network from accessing playboy.com?"), you've come to the right place. Over the next few pages, I'll be exploring Apache's proxy module, guiding you through the process of installing, configuring and using it. Keep reading.

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