Forcing HTTPS Traffic with NGINX

1.25 hours
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

With benefits including security, improved performance, and better search engine positioning, there’s no reason to not be serving *all* web traffic over HTTPS. In this activity, the student will take an existing NGINX virtual host that only handles traffic over HTTP and configure it to handle HTTPS traffic (using a self-signed certificate) and redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Accept HTTPS Requests for status.example.com

The student is asked to expand the NGINX configuration so that an explicit request to https://status.example.com renders the status page. This will require generating a self-signed certificate to use in the SSL configuration.

HTTP Requests for status.example.com Redirect to HTTPS Equivalent

Requests to port 80 (HTTP) for status.example.com should redirect to the same URL over HTTPS with a status code of 301 or 302.

Additional Resources

NGINX has been well received by your organization. You've talked your entire organization into utilizing HTTPS for all servers as the default because there isn't a reason not to. You need to modify an existing virtual host configuration to force traffic over HTTPS. The virtual host for status.example.com is only used internally, so you have decided that a self-signed certificate will do.

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