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I had this working, then my VM server crashed.

I'm running Ubuntu on Oracle VirtualBox. Now I'm trying to add some server aliases, but it's not working.

In my 'sites-enabled' folder I have a file called mysite.com. This has the following data:

<VirtualHost *:80>
  DocumentRoot /var/www/mysite/
  ServerName mysite.com
  ServerAlias www.mysite.com, sub1.mysite.com, sub2.mysite.com

  <Directory />
    Options FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride All

  <Directory /var/www/storelocator/>
    AllowOverride All
    Allow from all

But I'm still not able to access the site using sub1.mysite.com. It only shows me the folders in www root folder.

What am I missing here?

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Include the output of apache2ctl -S in your post. –  adaptr Feb 29 '12 at 13:01

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Try removing your commas. I've always used spaces to delimit the hostnames (same goes for /etc/hosts as well)


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Ah! That was it. Thanks :) –  Steven Feb 29 '12 at 13:20

Your definitions seem totally correct to me. However this rather sounds like a DNS issue. Depending on your host, try refresh you DNS cache (depending on your OS) and check if sub1.mysite.com matches the IP of your VM.

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Since this is on a VirtualServer on my machine (running Win7) I'm not sure I have a DNS chache? Also, something I forgot to mention. I'm not getting a blank page. The page shows me the folders in www root folder. –  Steven Feb 29 '12 at 12:46
I'm able to ping sub1.mysite.com. So it's def. DNS problem. –  Steven Feb 29 '12 at 13:19
I never put up ServerAlias in one line, but one under the other. So this slipped past my scope here. Glad the comma-issue solved it for you. –  Chris Feb 29 '12 at 13:44

Can you remove replace the ServerAlias line entry as given below, restart Apache and then try ?

ServerAlias www.mysite.com sub1.mysite.com sub2.mysite.com

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
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Mike got onto this first :-) –  Swapneel Patnekar Feb 29 '12 at 12:54

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