Different ways to monitor activities on your Web server.

I know that there are different ways to monitor activities on a Web server. I need someone/anyone to discuss two different ways that servers are monitored and discuss why there is a need for monitoring, what kinds of activities need to be monitored and what actions monitoring may lead to in a small business.

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Anonymous User
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Asked Dec 05, 2011
Edited Dec 05, 2011
The need for monitoring is to make sure the site is working as intended. To do that you can look at the logs or script it to send you an email when certain events occur.
Answered Dec 05, 2011
I can't answer questions about web sites like the academic "one size fits all" model. What needs to be monitored depends on what information is on the site that would cause problems if security breached or what problems would it produce if there is a malfunction on the server. For example, a stock trading web site should log failed login attempts and data transfers on customer's accounts so errors can be corrected if the server goes down. A bakery wouldn't require that but should log changes in customer comments in case a competitor gets on there saying that their brownies taste like sawdust.

In order to successfully make a commercial web server work, you have to let the products and skeletal structure of the site dictate what needs to be monitored.
Rob Dec 05, 2011
One way to monitor web servers is with using server activity monitor, it displays server and network performance statistics, server and network status and access log entries. The Performance monitor is another way to monitor web server applications and their usage. The Performance monitor counts things like: cache hits, total bytes, errors and request queued. They both provide administrators with information on how to track user errors and helps eliminate unnecessary events and slow down. These types of precautions can make or break a small business and its good to have something that can keep tabs on activity.

Hope that this helps you ;-)
Answered Dec 06, 2011
Server monitoring uses logs and statistics to detect problems like files becoming corrupted, the bandwidth limit has been reached, or repeated attempts of unauthorized access. This kind of monitoring also keeps tabs over hardware performance, such as CPU and RAM usage statistics. Many software applications are used to monitor servers, but these are accessible only to the web hosting company.

On one hand, website owners can do some website monitoring through Plesk or cPanel - software system used to manage the back-end area of a website with built-in analytics for website monitoring. If your web hosting service already has this installed on your account, then make use of its built-in feature for tracking website traffic.

The web analytics (statistics) contained in the logs can help us identify certain characteristics of the people who visited the site during the day or within a week. For instance, at http://www.optimalhosting.com/, customers are assured of 24/7 server monitoring with access to log files and statistics. At the same time, the user also has access to Webalizer or AWStats for visitor traffic reports.
Answered Dec 09, 2012
Edited Dec 09, 2012
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Answered Aug 08, 2017
Ways to monitor activities on your Web server

The fact that the server is up.
The fact that the administration is up (add an internal hook to confirm it).
The version of the service running (add an internal hook to get it).
Latency to this server, from this service and between this and other servers. Average and percentiles (or ratio of requests that fit into certain time bucket, this is even better).
The fact that the service can arrive at other services it depends on (add a hook to confirm those).

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Answered Mar 26, 2020

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