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Authors: HirotakaMatsumoto, ShubjitNaik, MadanKumar
Build basis: Rational Team Concert 5.x,6.x

This is a supplemental document to our article Using content caching proxies for Jazz Source Control (includes additional information on using a content caching Proxy for Rational Team Concert). This document focuses and includes configuration details of Squid Caching Proxy Server on Microsoft Windows Environment.
Please Note, this solution is meant to accelerate RTC Jazz Source Control operation only, specifically versioned content stored in the repository and work item attachments. Squid proxy URL should only be accessed via RTC Thick clients (Eclipse etc), Jazz Build Engine and RTC SCM command line.

Setting up Squid on Microsoft Windows with HTTPS as Accelerator Proxy

Squid can compile and run on Windows as a system service using the Cygwin emulation environment, or can be compiled in Windows native mode using the MinGW + MSYS development environment. Windows NT 4 SP4 and later are supported. In this document we use Cygwin.


  • Squid Installer - You can download Windows installer from squid-cache wiki. Download the supported version for specific version of RTC as per System Requirement. For RTC v6.0.3 the minimum supported version of Squid is 3.3.3.
  • Cygwin - This article includes steps to download and install Cygwin
  • OpenSSL and CURL - openssl is necessary to generate a certificate for SSL communication. CURL we have used to to verify squid installation. Both can be installed through Cygwin. Instructions included in this article



  • Download squid.msi from squid-cache wiki (version 3.5), here is the direct link
  • Select squid.msi, open its context menu and select “Install”
  • The install option you need to decide is the install location. The default is C:\Squid and it is suggested to use this default location.
  • Squid is installed as Windows Service, and you can start/stop it from the toolbar’s squid’s icon tray
  • If squid’s icon tray isn’t in the toolbar, you can start it by Services control panel or “net” command.
    • Services: You can start/stop squid service from Services control panel. Please see below.
    • Command line : You can start/stop squid service by the commands below
      • Start: net start squidsrv
      • Stop: net stop squidsrv
  • Just after the installation is done, squid should be automatically started. Let’s stop it now by squid’s icon tray or Windows Services or net command.

Cygwin OpenSSL and CURL

  • Download the installer from Cygwin. You can download “setup-x86.exe” for 32-bit installation ( direct link ) or “setup-x86_64.exe” for 64-bit installation (direct link )
  • Select “Install from internet” in the “Choose Installation Type” panel

  • You could use the Default location in the “Choose Installation Directory” panel

  • Specify the directory where setup will store the installation files in “Select Local Package Directory” panel. You could leave it at default as well.

  • Select your preferred network connection in “Select Connection Type” panel. If you can access Internet directly, “Direct Connection” should be okay. Or if you need to use Proxy, you can select either IE Proxy settings or you can specify your own proxy.

  • Specify the nearest download site in “Choose Download Site(s)” panel. In the example below, ftp://ftp.jaist.ac.jp is selected. If your network can’t access ftp, then you can try http ( for example, http://ftp.jaist.ac.jp )

  • After some of the files are downloaded, you will see the “Select Packages” panel

  • Type openssl in Search and expand Base category, so you will see something like
  • If both has a check mark under Bin? column in the above image , openssl will be installed. However, if you instead see n/a like in the image below, then you need to click on Skip icon so that you would see check boxes under Bin?
  • Type curl in Search and expand Net category and perform the same steps as followed for openssl above

    • You can add other packages as you like (But for this Proxy, openssl and curl are enough)
  • Click “Next” and the download starts. Once it is completed, click “Finish”.
  • Add a path to Cygwin’s bin directory to your PATH environment variable.

Configuration of squid

Majority of the Squid configuration is in squid.conf file. Here are some of the pre-requisites to plan followed by a sample squid.conf.

  • Port number: You need to decide the proxy’s port number. It is recommended to use the same port number of RTC on WAS. If there is an IBM HTTP Server in place or if you want to use the different port number, please follow this technote
  • Directories for Certificate, Cache and Coredump files. Three directories are necessary, for example:
    • Certificate: C:\Squid\certs
    • Cache: C:\Squid\cachedir (Note: The size of cache files will be huge, so you need to plan it well)
    • Coredump: C:\Squid\coredump
  • SSL Certificates for Squid: The certificate is needed since this Proxy uses SSL to connect to both RTC SCM client and server. Here is an instruction
    • Make sure that cygwin’s bin directory is in your PATH environment variable.
    • Open a command window and Create Certificates at Certificate directory. For example:
      openssl req -x509 -sha256 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/privkey.pem  -out /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/server.pem -days 1000 -nodes

      Note: The notation of Windows’s path for Cygwin is as follows and “cygdrive” is a fixed name here.:
      /cygdrive/<windows drive name>/<folder name1>/<folder name2>/…./<file name>
    • Example:
      C:\Squid\certs>openssl req -x509 -sha256 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/privkey.pem  -out /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/server.pem -days 1000 -nodes
      Generating a 2048 bit RSA private key
      unable to write 'random state'
      writing new private key to '/cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/privkey.pem'
      You are about to be asked to enter information that will be incorporated
      into your certificate request.
      What you are about to enter is what is called a Distinguished Name or a DN.
      There are quite a few fields but you can leave some blank
      For some fields there will be a default value,
      If you enter '.', the field will be left blank.
      Country Name (2 letter code) [AU]:JP
      State or Province Name (full name) [Some-State]:Tokyo
      Locality Name (eg, city) []:Chuoku
      Organization Name (eg, company) [Internet Widgits Pty Ltd]:MyCompany
      Organizational Unit Name (eg, section) []:MyGroup
      Common Name (e.g. server FQDN or YOUR name) []:proxy.mycompany.com
      Email Address []:jtsadmin@rtcserver.mycompany.com

  • Squid Cache: You need to initialize squid cache, here are the steps
    • Stop squid if it runs
    • Open “Squid Terminal” on the desktop. ( Note: Please don’t use a command prompt window )
    • Run command “squid -z”
      Note: If you want to clean up the cache, 1) Stop squid 2) Delete Cache directory 3) Create Cache directory again and 4) “squid -z”.

  • Update Squid.conf File
    • squid.conf is located, for default path, at C:\Squid\etc\squid\squid.conf
    • For details on each paramenter you can look at the squid
    • Example squid.conf file:
      https_port <proxy server port number>  cert=<path to a certificate(pem)> accel key=<path to a private key(pem)> 
      cache_peer <rtc server name> parent <rtc server port number>  0 no-query originserver name=httpsAccel ssl login=PASSTHRU sslflags=DONT_VERIFY_PEER
      cache_peer_access httpsAccel allow all
      cache_replacement_policy heap GDSF
      memory_replacement_policy heap GDSF
      cache_dir aufs <path to a cache directory> <max directory cache size (Mbytes)>  256 256
      cache_mem <max memory cache size >  MB
      cache_store_log none
      coredump_dir <path to a coredump directory>
      acl localnet src <IP address which squid can accept>
      http_access allow localnet
      http_access allow localhost
      refresh_pattern .             0      20%    4320
      cachemgr_passwd disable all
      maximum_object_size 1024 MB
      maximum_object_size_in_memory 16 MB
      buffered_logs on
      visible_hostname <proxy server  name>
      #cache_effective_user squid
      #cache_effective_group wheel
      #debug_options ALL,2
      max_filedescriptors 3200
      logfile_rotate 7 

    • proxy server port number : Proxy server’s port number. For example, 9443
    • path to a certificate(pem) : Path to a certificate file. For example, /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/server.pem
    • path to a private key(pem) : Path to a private key file. For example, /cygdrive/C/Squid/certs/privkey.pem
    • rtc server name : For example rtcserver.mycompany.com This server name must be DNS-aware name. If this server name isn’t registered to DNS, you can use IP address instead.
    • rtc server port number : RTC Server port number. For example 9443
    • path to a cache directory : Path to a cache directory. For example, /cygdrive/C/Squid/cachedir
    • max directory cache size (Mbytes) : Max directory cache size in Mbytes. For example, 200000
    • max memory cache size : Max memory cache size. For example, 4096 MB
    • path to a coredump directory : Path to a coredump directory. For example /cygdrive/C/Squid/coredump
    • IP address which squid can accept : IP address this proxy can accept. For example,
    • proxy server name : Proxy server name. For example, proxy.mycompnay.com

  • squid.conf sample from a running instance. You could start to edit squid.conf by copy & pasting the following sample
    https_port 9443 cert=/cygdrive/D/Squid/certs/server.pem accel key=/cygdrive/D/Squid/certs/privkey.pem
    cache_peer rtcserver.mycompany.com parent 9443 0 no-query originserver name=httpsAccel ssl login=PASSTHRU sslflags=DONT_VERIFY_PEER
    #cache_peer parent 9443 0 no-query originserver name=httpsAccel ssl login=PASSTHRU sslflags=DONT_VERIFY_PEER
    cache_peer_access httpsAccel allow all
    cache_replacement_policy heap GDSF
    memory_replacement_policy heap GDSF
    cache_dir aufs /cygdrive/D/Squid/cachedir 30000 256 256
    cache_mem 100 MB
    cache_store_log none
    coredump_dir /cygdrive/D/Squid/coredump
    acl localnet src
    http_access allow localnet
    http_access allow localhost
    refresh_pattern . 0 20% 4320
    cachemgr_passwd disable all
    maximum_object_size 4096 MB
    maximum_object_size_in_memory 2 MB
    buffered_logs on
    visible_hostname localhost
    max_filedescriptors 3200
    logfile_rotate 7

Installation Verification of squid

  • Make sure you have a running RTC Server
  • Start the Squid server by using the icon tray in the toolbar
  • Make sure that cygwin’s bin directory is in your PATH environment variable prior to running the CURL commands
  • Run CURL as follows
    • curl -k https://ProxyServer:ProxyPortNumber/ccm/service -v -u [rtc user id]
    • For example,
      curl -k https://proxy.mycompany.com:9443/ccm/service -v -u jtsadmin
    • If you see either 40x or 302 as the response code, your proxy is working as expected.

  • Or open your Eclipse client and create a new repository connection, connecting to the Squid Proxy server ccm URL

  • Squid Access log Location C:\Squid\var\log\squid\access.log
  • The size of the log files (access.log and cache.log ) might be growing fast in sizr, so you can rotate the log files by running the command“squid -k rotate”. In detail, please see this wiki

  • Going forward your RTC Eclipse clients, Builds (JBE, Jenkins) and SCM Command line can start using the Squid proxy URL https://SquidProxyHost:SquidProxyPort/ccm/

Related topics: Using content caching proxies for Jazz Source Control, Installing Proxy Servers for CLM

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