Check your Apache server status remotely...

Don't want to login via SSH to check on an Apache Web Server?  This article explains how to setup the server status page.  One word of warning though.  This page is turned off by default for a reason.  It can be used by bad guys to determine all kinds of things about your server and makes you more vulnerable.  If as the article suggests you restrict the IP addresses you can partially mitigate it.  The best way to handle it is not to expose it to the internet at all.  Unfortunately if you are hosting remotely, like at Amazon Ec3 or Server Beach, you may have to use an SSH tunnel to secure it.  You could restrict it to an IP Address but remember that IP Addresses can be spoofed.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.