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I want to host a web based OpenERP application in a VPS Ubuntu 12.04 OS application. Can I restrict the application access to only assigned machines? In other words, I have 2 offices, and I need to restrict my employees from accessing this application only from office, but not from their home or outside in order to prevent losing my customer data.

I think host-deny and host-allow might be able to work. But I think we need static IP address for the same. I am not sure above solution. Basically I am looking for a solution without using static IP address.

  • Why are you even exposing it to the internet if you only want it accessible to the LAN? – jordanm Jan 4 '14 at 5:14
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Your internal LAN should be set up with static IP addresses. If your office computers, for example, all use the 192.168.0.0/16 subnet, you can, with Apache 2.4, use the following configuration in the <Location> or <Directory> stanza:

Require ip 192.168.0.0/16

Or, with apache 2.2

Order deny,allow
Deny from all
Allow from 192.168.0.0/16
  • Hi DopeGhoti, Thanks a lot. I am little new bie with apache here. Can you please guide me in identifying the file in which I should update with above commands? – Fayaz Jan 6 '14 at 17:25
  • It depends on where you have your VirtualHosts or Hosts configured. Some people dump everything into /etc/httpd/httpd.conf; others put each site's configurations into files in /etc/httpd.d/; there are other paradigms as well. The first place I'd look is for any Include directives in the httpd.conf file, which will show the locations and names of any configuration files that are being incorporated from there. – DopeGhoti Jan 6 '14 at 17:39

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