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I am pretty new to running a VPS. I am using to monitor my server and notify me when its down.

What is the process I should go through to determine why is causing the server to go down?

I didn't do anything and it automatically came back up if that helps diagnostic at all.


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The server becomes entirely down or just some service? Any logs? – Khaled Dec 7 '11 at 14:04
Well I am runnning a webserver on it (that is the only thing that is running of use). I think PingDom just checks that the website is running, ie a HTTP check. Assuming I have set up my webserver properly, the logs folder is empty. – Cheetah Dec 7 '11 at 14:08

Without knowing what web server you are running, and under what criteria you determine that it is not running, there is very little we can do for you.

In other words, you need to provide (f)actual data, not conjectures and guesses.

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How do I get my webserver to dump logs. I am running apache. – Cheetah Dec 7 '11 at 14:28
look in /var/log for files named httpd or apache – Tim Dec 7 '11 at 15:00
apache on a *nix platform? – Tim Dec 7 '11 at 15:01
Right I've checked and there is nothing in the logs to suggest that there is anything wrong. HOWEVER, there are still access logs for the time that pingdom states the website is down, so I don't know what the craic is there. – Cheetah Dec 7 '11 at 15:08

Use a service such as to monitor websites. It will also tell you which scripts have failed.

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Given that the poster mentions Pingdom, they already are doing this. – ceejayoz Sep 10 '14 at 17:02

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