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How to configure a proxy server on windows

How to configure a proxy server on windows

In this tutorial we are going to see how to setup Joomla to use a Proxy server to communicate with the rest of the network when it can’t do it natively.

What is a Proxy Server?

A Proxy Server is a means to mediate communication between your server and the rest of the network. In most cases where it’s needed it is part of the immediate network where your Joomla CMS is installed. When your Joomla wants anything from the Internet or the network outside of the one it lives in, it can use the Proxy Server as a gateway.

Why do I need a Proxy Server?

In some occasions Joomla may have been installed to a server which resides in a restricted environment. This can mean that the server can not directly communicate with certain servers on the Internet or even with any of them.

How to configure a proxy server on windows

For these occasions it is needed that you use a Proxy Server to do the communication on Joomla’s behalf.

How do I enable my Joomla site to use a Proxy Server?

First, login to your administration panel and navigate to System > Global Configuration

How to configure a proxy server on windows

Then click the Server Tab and scroll down until you find the Proxy Settings. Once you find them, click Yes to enable Proxy.

How to configure a proxy server on windows

The rest of the proxy settings will be revealed once you enable it. Let’s see what is there to fill out

  • Proxy Host: This is the host of your Proxy Server. It can be a simple domain name or even an IP.
  • Proxy Port: A Proxy Server uses a specific port to communicate with the servers that use it.
  • Proxy Username/Password: The credentials you should fill out to use the Proxy Server.

If you are unsure about any of the above settings you should ask your network administrator.

That was all there is about Joomla and Proxy Servers. Feel free to sign up to our Newsletter and follow us on Twitter to stay updated about our latest tutorials for Joomla!

This post will show you how to find the Proxy Server Settings of your Windows computer using PowerShell, CMD, Registry, etc. Also, if you are facing problems downloading Windows Updates, or other network connection issues, you may want to reset Proxy Settings on your Windows 10 computer and see if that helps you.

What is WinHTTP proxy

Says Microsoft, Windows HTTP Services (WinHTTP) is a technology for accessing HTTP that provides developers with a server-supported, high-level interface to the HTTP/1.1 Internet protocol. WinHTTP is designed to be used primarily in server-based scenarios by server applications that communicate with HTTP servers. WinHTTP is also designed for use in system services and HTTP-based client applications.

Check Proxy Server Settings

I do not use a Proxy, so some entries may not be visible in my screenshots.

1] Command line

How to configure a proxy server on windows

You have to make use of the built-in netsh.exe tool in your Windows operating system.

To view your computer’s proxy information, open an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:

There are other ways to find your PCs proxy settings.

2] Google Chrome

How to configure a proxy server on windows

In the Chrome browser, type the following in the address bar and hit Enter:

You will see the proxy settings here.

3] Mozilla Firefox

In the Firefox browser, type the following in the address bar and hit Enter:

Scroll down and click the Network Proxy Settings button to see them.

4] Registry Editor

How to configure a proxy server on windows

Open REGEDIT and navigate to the following key:

The ProxyEnable key controls the proxy settings. 0 disables them, and 1 enables them. If you are using a proxy, you will get its value under the ProxyServer key.

5] PowerShell

Run PowerShell as Administrator and execute the following command:

6] Internet Options

How to configure a proxy server on windows

Open Internet Options > Connections tab > Click the Lan settings button. You will see the Proxy server settings there.

7] Windows Settings

How to configure a proxy server on windows

Open Windows Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy. You will see the Proxy server settings here.

Reset WinHTTP Proxy Settings in Windows 10

If your system uses a proxy server and you wish to remove it, open an elevated command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:

This will remove a proxy server and configure “direct access” to the Internet.

Speaking of resetting settings, here’s a bunch of posts on this website that will help you reset other functions:

How to configure a proxy server on windows

Date: September 22, 2018 Tags: Network, Settings

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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