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Cassini and Apache 101

, 19 Aug 2002
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This article describes how to get ASP.NET up and running on Apache 2.x for Windows


Cassini is a web server written in C#, you'll find more information about it at

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/
    LoadModule proxy_connect_module modules/
    LoadModule proxy_http_module modules/
    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/ 
    ProxyPass /aspnet 
    ProxyPassReverse /aspnet 
  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:\"
    2. or, the stand-alone Cassini server
      c:\path-to-cassini\CassiniWebServer "c:\" 8080
  4. Test:
    • Cassini: http://localhost:8080/test.aspx
    • Apache: http://localhost/aspnet/test.aspx
    <!--<span class="code-comment"> test.aspx --></span>

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)
  2. Add to http.conf (assumes the modifications above are done)
    ProxyPass /AspNetForums 
    ProxyPassReverse /AspNetForums 
    ProxyPass /aspnet_client 
    ProxyPassReverse /aspnet_client 
  3. Start 2 different Cassinis listening on port 8081 and 8082.
    c:\path-to-cassini\webserver.exe /port:8081 /path:"c:\" /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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QuestionApache performance Pin
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GeneralAnother way Pin
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GeneralThink mod_mono Pin
Neo4E656F29-Oct-04 17:36
memberNeo4E656F29-Oct-04 17:36 
The fantastic guys at the Mono project have alraedy created a module for apache you can find it here:[^]

If you wanted to you could easily recompile it for Microsoft .NET instead of Mono if there is any need to, but I imagine if you are using apache you'd almost preffer to use mono as your .NET provider.

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