Hi Guys,

It’s been a while since I last posted on here, but I’m going to try to post a lot more regularly now.

The reason behind this post is that, earlier today I needed to set up a secure domain on my local host.

So being that I had to have a secure domain to test an api wrapper I was setting up for homeaway, I needed to set this up as quickly as I could.

Unfortunately it wasn’t as straight forward as I had expected, so I thought I’d document it here to make sure that other’s don’t have the same issues.


Step 1

Check that the key and crt files are in place at C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend\Apache2\conf

You are looking for server.key and server.crt in that directory.

Step 2

Next you need to go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend\Apache2\conf\httpd.conf and uncomment the following line

#Include conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf

If you restart apache now you will get an error

Syntax error on line 56 of C:/Program Files (x86)/Zend/Apache2/conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf:
SSLSessionCache: Invalid argument: size has to be >= 8192 bytes"

There are a couple steps to take to avoid that error.

Step 3

Make a link to Program Files directory instead of using brackets. With the (x86) in place Zend Server is unable to read the cache file which causes the error.

You will need to open a command line as administrator and run the following command

mklink /J "C:\Program Files\Zend" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend"

Step 4

Modify the SSLSessionCache line in https-ssl.conf to

SSLSessionCache        "shmcb:C:\Program Files\Zend\Apache2\logs/ssl_scache(512000)"

Step 5

Now, I had read up on this issue previously, but none of the guides showed an error after this point, which I was having.

I had to comment the final line in the httpd-ssl.conf so it now looks like this

#SSLMutex  “file:@exp_runtimedir@/ssl_mutex”

You can restart apache now and it should restart without issues now.

Step 6

Add your virtual host

This is how my virtual host looks now

<VirtualHost *:443>
DocumentRoot "E:\wamp\www\modules\public"
 <Directory "E:\wamp\www\modules\public">
 Options +Indexes +FollowSymLinks
 DirectoryIndex index.php
 Order allow,deny
 Allow from all
 AllowOverride All
SSLEngine on
 SSLCertificateFile "C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend\Apache2\conf\server.crt"
 SSLCertificateKeyFile "C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend\Apache2\conf\server.key"
 # SSLCertificateChainFile ""
ServerName modules.com:443
# include the folder containing the vhost aliases for zend server deployment
 Include "C:\Program Files (x86)\Zend\ZendServer\etc\sites.d\https\modules.com\443/*.conf"

Restart Zend Server and you should then have your new virtual host in place on https

Good luck.