reverse proxy https->http and resource/connection protection

Arjan Filius iafilius at
Mon Nov 29 17:17:37 MSK 2010

Hello nginx users,

Like to have one IP with reverse proxy (https->http) site, 
using wildchard certificates (multiple virtual hosts on one IP and 
using different upstreams for different subdomains.

Currently implemented in a testcase like:

    location / {
           if ($http_host = ) {
            proxy_pass http://urla.domain;

           if ($http_host = ) {


and works fine (functional) not tested in production yet.

Using different upstreams i'm worried if one upstream fails or might get 
overloaded in a terrible way (say urla), the other upstream  (say urlb) 
wil eventualy  fail as wel, as nginx may use up all it's resources for the problem upstream.

For that i'd like to limit the max connections on a subdomain, and i'm 
not seeing  yet how to do that.
I can limit the complete server {} definition using limit_conn for 
example, but that doesn't exacly cover this case.

How would one do that? splitting the servers definition, and using up 
extra IP's ?

Thanks in advance,


Arjan Filius
mailto:iafilius at

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