In order to effectively manage and monitor your infrastructure, a web admin needs clear and transparent information about the types of activity going on within their servers. Server logs provide a documented footprint of all traffic and errors that occur within an environment. Apache has two main log files, Error Logs, and Access Logs.
If you’re reading this article, you probably already use Apache, and are familiar with its features and functionality. Users of Apache and any technology should also be aware of the importance of monitoring application logs to ensure that they are running optimally, and of using them to identify problems before they cause problems for the consumers of a site.
Access logs are essential for understanding how to optimize your Web server. Indeed, when it comes to defect diagnoses in web development, logging is the single-most important action you can take before problems happen. That’s why knowing how to work with the access logs of your Web server — the topic of this article, which covers both Apache Logs and NGINX logs — is so important. Both web servers are used [...]
Apache, an open source web server that dates back to the mid-1990s, is one of the oldest web servers still in widespread use today. It remains one of the most popular web server platforms out there (even though NGINX has been slowly eroding its market share for a while). This means that there is a good chance that you’ll find yourself at some point working with Apache logs, if you’re not already. Below, I explain [...]
When it comes to IT operations, there are two main categories of Apache log analytics: error monitoring and server optimization. In the first part of this series, we discussed the former. In this article, we’ll introduce several types of Apache server optimization. As in Part I, all of these articles provide a hands-on walkthrough of Sumo Logic’s Apache log analytics capabilities. You should walk away with the [...]
It’s hard to understand the benefits of an Apache log analyzer without actually using one to explore your own logs. So, we’ve created a hands-on walkthrough of Sumo Logic’s Apache log analytics capabilities. If you’ve never used a dedicated log analyzer, this series will revolutionize your outlook on monitoring an Apache infrastructure. Getting a Handle on Serious Errors Some aspects of Apache log analytics involve [...]