Moving from SME Server and problems with virtual host

Continuing the discussion from So, what are you working on? - 28 Nov 17:

have you checked the checkbox ‘Root directory file listings’ in the virtualhost panel ?

Nice to see you there…

Nice to see you too Stephane!

I didn’t check it, and after change it’s the same.

what is the url you used, what is your network configuration, does the nethserver is your gateway ?

this is how I do, workable by default. In the /etc/hosts of my (remote) laptop I put #adapt to the url of your NS

then in firefox put the url :

The host is here:
the virtual host is : (it’s a subdomain)

Network: I’ve just 1 NIC, DHCP, green
The NS is the gateway.

Who is the owner of the files? For me it’s ‘ftp’.
Must I create a ‘html’ directory?
When I put a blank file ‘index.html’, I stay on the NS welcome page.

My hosts file is good:
XX.XX.XX.XX vps1

  • check the /etc/hosts of the server you must find the server name and also
  • verify that ‘dig any’ in your server and on your laptop gives you the dns record (the ip of your server)

recreate another vhost and check the logs and any error in


Thank you!
I found an error in httpd/error_log:
[Mon Dec 04 09:44:52.099171 2017] [rewrite:error] [pid 2498] [client XX.XX.XX.XX:43252] AH00670: Options FollowSymLinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch are both off, so the RewriteRule directive is also forbidden due to its similar ability to circumvent directory restrictions : /var/lib/nethserver/vhost/board/

Yes… I have a .htaccess file! My bad, I didn’t think it before.
When I rename this file I can see the good website. So NS is ok!
But I need this feature, I have to learn more about rewriting…

It’s ok, I’ve just add this line in the .htaccess and all is OK:
Options -MultiViews


Laurent I set your post as the solution of your thread, Happy that NS can fit your need :slight_smile:

I know that you are the speaker of a smart project at ‘capitole du Libre’, I was not at your talk, you should start a thread one day and present it.

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Thank you for your help and your welcome here!

Yes I’m the holder of the Mail2Voice project. It’s a FOSS, a client mail for persons with special needs (illiteracy, motor handicap, cognitive handicap, DYS).

Let me some time for discover it a little more, and perhaps I’ll present how NethServer help us in this project.


I’m curious, pleas do it as soon as possible :slight_smile:

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I’ve just post my presentation: So, here’s what I’m working on ;)