For security reasons, Blackboard recommends that Server-Status be enabled only if the user is familiar with the module and understands how to deny access to unwanted users.
The Apache Server-Status module provides an instrumentation tool set to determine how well the Apache server instance is performing. Server-Status provides the following information about an Apache server instance:
- The number of children serving requests.
- The number of idle children.
- The status of each child, the number of requests that child has performed, and the total number of bytes served by the child.
- The total number of accesses and byte count served.
- The time the server was started or restarted and the amount of time the server has been running.
- An average of the number of requests per second, the number of bytes served per second, and the average number of bytes per request.
- The current percentage of the CPU used by each child and in total by Apache.
- The current hosts and requests being processed.
How to Temporarily Enable Server-Status
- Open the httpd.conf file in the following directory:
- Uncomment the ExtendedStatus On line by removing the pound sign (#) at the beginning of the line:
- Locate the <Location> section of code. If it does not exist, add the code to the end of the file:
#<Location /server-status> # SetHandler server-status
# Order allow, deny
# Allow from all
# Deny from all
- Uncomment the <Location>, SetHandler and </Location> lines as well as the appropriate access control lines to allow server status reports by removing the pound signs (#) at the beginning of each line:
<Location /server-status>#Deny from all
Order allow, deny
Allow from all
- Save and close the file.
- Restart the Apache web server using the following two commands in order:
- View the Server-Status page in a web browser by going to the following URL: http://webServerName/server-status.
The httpd.conf file will be overwritten each time the PushConfigUpdates command is run. To make the server-status URL permanent, repeat these steps for the template file httpd.conf.bb. To learn more, see PushConfigUpdates.