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Cassini and Apache 101

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This article describes how to get ASP.NET up and running on Apache 2.x for Windows

Introduction

Cassini is a web server written in C#, you'll find more information about it at http://www.asp.net/

These simple steps gets Apache up and running with ASP.NET

  1. Download and install Apache 2.x for Windows (remember to stop IIS)
  2. Modify the http.conf file:
    # 
    LoadModule proxy_module modules/mod_proxy.so
    LoadModule proxy_connect_module modules/mod_proxy_connect.so
    LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/mod_proxy_http.so
    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so 
    
    # 
    ProxyPass /aspnet http://127.0.0.1:8080/ 
    ProxyPassReverse /aspnet http://127.0.0.1:8080/ 
    
  3. Create a different catalog (not the /aspnet catalog in http.conf) for your ASP.NET files and start Cassini:
    1. If you are using the cassini server included in WebMatrix
      c:\path-to-cassini\webserver.exe /port:8080 /path:"c:\path-to-asp.net-sourcefiles"
    2. or, the stand-alone Cassini server
      c:\path-to-cassini\CassiniWebServer "c:\path-to-asp.net-sourcefiles" 8080
  4. Test:
    • Cassini: http://localhost:8080/test.aspx
    • Apache: http://localhost/aspnet/test.aspx
    <!--<span class="code-comment"> test.aspx --></span>
    <%@ Page Language="vb" %>
    <html>
    <body>
        <form runat="server">
            <asp:Calendar runat="server" />
        </form>
    </body>
    </html>
    

Ultimate test

If everything is working fine, you can move on to the 'ultimate' test, running ASP.NET Forums on Apache

  1. Do a manual installation of ASP.NET Forums (skipping step 7)
    See: http://www.asp.net/Forums/ShowPost.aspx?tabindex=1&PostID=21470
  2. Add to http.conf (assumes the modifications above are done)
    #AspNetForums
    ProxyPass /AspNetForums http://127.0.0.1:8081/AspNetForums 
    ProxyPassReverse /AspNetForums http://127.0.0.1:8081/AspNetForums 
    #aspnet_client
    ProxyPass /aspnet_client http://127.0.0.1:8082/aspnet_client 
    ProxyPassReverse /aspnet_client http://127.0.0.1:8082/aspnet_client 
    
  3. Start 2 different Cassinis listening on port 8081 and 8082.
    c:\path-to-cassini\webserver.exe /port:8081 /path:"c:\path-to-asp.net-forums" /vpath:"/AspNetForums" 
    
    c:\path-to-cassini\webserver.exe /port:8082 /path:"E:\Program Files\ASP.NET\Client Files" /vpath:"/aspnet_client"
    

It is not the fastest solution, but everything works fine. I decided to "stress-test" it using Homer running 10 threads 5 sockets per thread in one minute, and got the following:

Page Hits TTFB* Avg. TTLB* Avg.
/AspNetForums/Default.aspx 286 1024.96 7458.23

*: TTFB = Time To First Byte, TTLP = Time To Last Byte

Bear in mind that this test was done on my Thinkpad T21 800Mhz/512 MB, which is filled with junk.

Now I am waiting for someone to write a mod_cassini

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Generalmod_rewrite PinmemberPeter Huisman29-Dec-02 11:39 
suggestion: use mod_rewrite to server aspx ?!

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