Redirect ports inside OpenVZ containers

For port redirection to work inside OpenVZ containers, ipt_REDIRECT kernel module needs to be loaded in the host. Edit "/etc/sysconfig/vz" and add it to the IPTABLES list.

IPTABLES="ipt_REJECT ipt_tos ipt_TOS ipt_LOG ip_conntrack ip_conntrack_ftp ip_conntrack_irc ipt_owner ipt_length ipt_limit ipt_multiport iptable_filter iptable_mangle ipt_TCPMSS ipt_tcpmss ipt_ttl ipt_length ipt_state iptable_nat ip_nat_ftp ipt_recent ipt_REDIRECT"

This should then allow to redirect ports. So if you need to proxy existing apache via nginx or lighttpd and you do not want to switch apaches' default port 80, then the below rules will do the appropriate redirection to port 81 where nginx/lighttpd server is listening, serving static content and proxying to apache for dynamic content:

# Redirect external web traffic to port 81
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -s ! -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 81

# Redirect internal port 80 to 81
iptables -t nat -A OUTPUT -s 0/0 -d -p tcp --dport 80 -j REDIRECT --to-ports 81

Where is the internal IP resolver of domain/host.

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Good one

Hey Sandip,

Good one mate.Keep up the good work!!