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NGINX + Varnish + Apache on Directadmin powered server

| 12:09:49 25.09.2014

Since custombuild 2 gives us opportunity to have a reverse-proxy NGINX Apache on a server and that's quite easy to start using it, we need a small customization to get content cached with Varnish (do you really need it?).

Install NGINX+Apache with Custombuild 2

Instructions can be found here: Reverse-proxy NGINX + Apache on Directadmin powered server

Install Varnish

Install Varnish by your favourite guide (or any from the official site):

As for now varnish does not support SSL, so it will cache only requests to plain HTTP.

Modify NGINX templates





Modify the files


change line:

proxy_pass http://|IP|:|PORT_8080|;


proxy_pass http://|IP|:6081;

Change 6081 to any other value of TCP post where Varnish is accepting connections.

Rewrite nginx virtual hosts:

echo "action=rewrite&value=nginx" >> /usr/local/directadmin/data/task.queue

Have a good day!


We have many reports and emails that the guide is not working (they think so)! Be sure, it's still working. The root cause of a confuse is that the guide does not cover how to install and configure Varnish. You still need to update settings in /etc/varnish/default.vcl. And at least the backend port should be changed to 8080.

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