Thanks to iant, dariapra, RK, & rangvald, as the combination of setting up the GeoServer Proxy in the interface, and making changes to the Apache-HTTP and Tomcat worked. I can now click on the OpenLayers and a new window pops up with a blank image within the map surrounding box, all within out IP Address.

So, solving one issue raised another.

I now need more assistance to fix the new pop up window (after I click the OpenLayers from the Layer Preview pane) in order to show the map that is to be displayed. Within the window, there is the bounding box, text in the bottom left hand corner "Click on the map to get feature info" as well as the bottom right hand corner "location", and in the IE window, the bottom left identifies a yield sign with paper behind it saying "errors occurred".

Is there a way to set this up so the map shows within the new pane after clicking the OpenLayers?

Again, thank you to those who have assisted me.

My initial question was: How do I configure GeoServer to show my shapefiles/maps on my Webserver(a specific location as http://www.name.net/geoserver) at work, and not on the localhost:8080? The web server is running Apache and also tried the Tomcat install. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    Where is Geoserver installed? Is that computer accessible from the internet? What is that computer's operating system? Is your webserver accessible from the internet?
    – R.K.
    Oct 25, 2012 at 7:11
  • Geoserver was downloaded as a Windwos Installer from GEoserver.org installed in the default location c:\Program Files\GeoServer 2.2. The Computer is accessible from the internet, running WIndows XP Pro, and the webserver has a static IP.
    – Brice
    Oct 26, 2012 at 14:54
  • Suggest you move the follow up question to a new separate question and refer back to this one. Also vote up the relevant answers for this question. Mark the question as answered and credit the most notable/relevant answer with the "check" mark for correct/best answer. This is a rating based system, so people would like to get "credits" back as well as be able to help you with new questions.
    – ragnvald
    Oct 30, 2012 at 13:31
  • I had gotten geoserver to work the according iant's way.After a few days to a week of not using it to change a few things on another pc with a different project it seems to to have stopped working, only the tomcat says its started but there seems to be another apache icon near it which does not want to start so now I can't seem to access it via the internet. Anybody have any good ideas why this would be please.
    – Ravyn
    Oct 3, 2013 at 12:23
  • This is not an answer to the original question and should be asked as another separate question. Oct 3, 2013 at 12:44

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I wrote up my notes on how to do this on a Linux box (but the process is similar on a windows machine). Specifically you need to have Apache redirect the requests to the tomcat at localhost:8080 - you need to edit a couple of files.

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    Looks like the notes site is down. Can you update, or post the contents here?
    – BradHards
    Mar 26, 2014 at 7:26

In addition to said by iant, I have managed to make my layers publicly available by going to 'Global Settings' in GeoServer's administration interface and setting the 'Proxy Base URL'.

GeoServer administration, setting proxy base URL


As long as you do not have anything installed on port 8080 the default instructions for installation on the geoserver pages should be sufficient. Geoserver is relatively non-intrusive.

If you are looking for a full package with PostGIS and other relevant tools OpenGeoSuite might be what you are looking for.

  • that will not change the port to 80 as the questioner asked.
    – Ian Turton
    Oct 25, 2012 at 8:48
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    Still stands. If Brice uses Windows this is the answer he is looking for. Geoserver install instructions for windows are detailed: docs.geoserver.org/stable/en/user/installation/windows/… "Enter the port that GeoServer will respond on. This affects the location of the GeoServer Web Administration Interface, as well as the endpoints of the GeoServer Web Map Service and Web Feature Service. The default port is 8080, although any valid unused port will work. When finished, click Next."
    – ragnvald
    Oct 25, 2012 at 9:26

substitute your ip address for localhost, enable remote connection, open a port that corresponds to your server config.

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