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Nginx as a Proxy for WSUS static caching not working

December 28, 2011 11:47AM
Hello there,

I have a remote site containing lots of Windows Clients, which have no access to WSUS server but nginx.
What I want to achieve is ; get the WSUS updates over the nginx proxy saving bandwith for me.


I checked this URL http://wiki.nginx.org/WSUSProxy and made the proxy work. I am testing with a client and can see that nginx is proxy'ing the file for the client.

But it is not caching. Everytime I start a new download for a specific cab file, nginx downloads from the cab file from the WSUS server again. (checking with netstat) The /cache/wsus is empty, there is no error. Eventhough there is no /cache directory nginx is not complaining about that. How can I open full debug logging ( HIT MISS stuff)? I am not familiar with the syntax.

How can I validate if the static caching is going to work? I am testing with 1 test client but I can not test it with all clients ( over 800)

OS:Centos 5.7 i386
nginx version: nginx/1.0.11
conf file is the same as wikipedia ( I am not running any wpad file, clients have proxy set on internet explorer)


There is the logs I get, nginx is putting the some files under the /var/tmp/nginx which is not set anywhere,
also the file is not there after the check..


==> access.log <==
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:12 +0200] "HEAD /selfupdate/wuident.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:12 +0200] "HEAD /selfupdate/WSUS3/x86/Other/wsus3setup.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:13 +0200] "GET /selfupdate/WSUS3/x86/Other/wsus3setup.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 20742 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"

==> error.log <==
2011/12/28 18:38:14 [warn] 25164#0: *8 a client request body is buffered to a temporary file /var/cache/nginx/client_temp/0000000001, client: 192.168.MY.IP, server: rusty.sbs.net.tr, request: "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1", host: "192.168.NGINX.IP:8081"

==> access.log <==
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:15 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 869 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:15 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 868 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"

==> error.log <==
2011/12/28 18:38:15 [warn] 25164#0: *8 a client request body is buffered to a temporary file /var/cache/nginx/client_temp/0000000002, client: 192.168.MY.IP, server: rusty.sbs.net.tr, request: "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1", host: "192.168.NGINX.IP:8081"

==> access.log <==
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:20 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 1267 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:43 +0200] "HEAD /selfupdate/wuident.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:43 +0200] "HEAD /selfupdate/WSUS3/x86/Other/wsus3setup.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 0 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:43 +0200] "GET /selfupdate/WSUS3/x86/Other/wsus3setup.cab?1112281638 HTTP/1.1" 200 20742 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:44 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 869 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:44 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 868 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"

==> error.log <==
2011/12/28 18:38:44 [warn] 25164#0: *8 a client request body is buffered to a temporary file /var/cache/nginx/client_temp/0000000003, client: 192.168.MY.IP, server: rusty.sbs.net.tr, request: "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1", host: "192.168.NGINX.IP:8081"
2011/12/28 18:38:44 [warn] 25164#0: *8 a client request body is buffered to a temporary file /var/cache/nginx/client_temp/0000000004, client: 192.168.MY.IP, server: rusty.sbs.net.tr, request: "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1", host: "192.168.NGINX.IP:8081"

==> access.log <==
192.168.CLIENT.IP- - [28/Dec/2011:18:38:49 +0200] "POST /ClientWebService/client.asmx HTTP/1.1" 200 1267 "-" "Windows-Update-Agent" "-"



Should I use a different approach regarding the wiki? ( there is not proxy_cache stuff included on that page, I tried that but could not make it due the lack of experience with syntax)
Subject Author Posted

Nginx as a Proxy for WSUS static caching not working

ranthor December 28, 2011 11:47AM

Re: Nginx as a Proxy for WSUS static caching not working

nnvc April 18, 2017 04:36PM



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