Re: What should I do?

From: John Sloan <>
Date: Fri, 7 Feb 1997 14:38:58 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 7 Feb 1997, Kolics Bertold, University of Veszprem wrote:

> Hi,
> I think that the best idea to write an automatic proxy configuration
> script, that chooses either proxy cache at Site A or Site B depending
> where the user connects to.
> Automatic proxy configuration is supported by Netscape Navigator and the
> latest Internet Explorer as well.

That's one approach, which works if you can persuade your customers to use
the auto-conf script and the versions of the browsers which support it.

This isn't always the case (and certainly wasn't when we first looked at
the problem).

Our solution was to create the same virtual IP address on each machine
which we put in the DNS as 'webcache'. We then put static routes in for
this IP address such that wherever you dial in, you get routed to the
nearest cache.

It isn't pretty, but it does work, and means that people get the nearest
cache even if they don't have auto-conf available.

Received on Fri Feb 07 1997 - 05:41:12 MST

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