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Are PHP session files ever deleted?

I see there are thousands of files in my "/tmp" directory (a CentOS machine) and almost all of them are PHP session files. I'm worried about the possible impact this might have on my system. Are those ...
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Run two separate web servers on a single VPS

A friend and I are considering paying a monthly fee for our own VPS. We currently have our own individual hosting, but it is limited and does not allow us to do things like schedule tasks and install ...
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How do I make webmin secure?

I want to install webmin to make server administration tasks on my Ubuntu 10.4 server easier. However I'm very nervious about having that kind of power accessable over the web. So I want to know how ...
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More than 3 seconds “Initial Connection” time (webpagetest.org)

I'm having a weird issue with a vBulletin forum, on a 2х Xeon E5645 w/ 16GB RAM CentOS 6.3 x86_64 web server with cPanel and LiteSpeed; It takes too long to start loading... When I tested it with ...
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1 EC2 instance per website - manage multiple websites on Amazon cloud using EC2

I'm managing multiple websites, most based on WordPress and all are based on LAMP stack. I'm moving all my websites to Amazon cloud. I'm new to AWS and my plan is moving 1 website by one, starting ...
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How can I add a public_html directory into a user's home directory?

I have Apache 2.2 installed. I want to set up my server so that for each user I create there is a public_html directory in which that user can put it's web content. Now, of course, making the ...
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how to view hostnames in traffic entering my webserver (Apache)?

Is there any way I can view the hostnames used by incoming traffic that is accepted by my apache webserver? For example, say the webserver is set up to process incoming traffic for an IP address, ...
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nginx can't bind to port 80..Nothing running on port 80

I'm trying to setup nginx on Ubuntu 11.04. I have followed the roughly the directions found here: http://library.linode.com/frameworks/sinatra/debian-6-squeeze . I know it is for Debian, but I ...
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How Can I Configure nginx to Use Pretty URLs for Static Sites?

I've got several static sites (mostly generated by Sphinx), that I'm trying to host on my VPS. I've installed and configured nginx according to the guides, and I can successfully display my sites, but ...
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How to update a live webserver?

I'm in the process of setting up a webserver and I was wondering what the best practice method of updating the website it contains would be. I'm aware that I should have some sort of 'test' server ...
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How GZipped contents are transfered on the web?

I heard that static contents like CSS and JavaScript can be better delivered in GZip format. And Content Developer Network (CDN) always does so. However I don't understand how the format works. First ...
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Why bother reverse proxying applications if you aren't using mod_security or TMG/UAG?

Common wisdom is that internal applications that live inside of the trusted network, such as Exchange, should be reverse proxies whenever they are exposed to the Internet. Microsoft recommends using ...
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When should I create a new user account to run software on a server?

In general, when should one create a new user account to run a piece of internet-facing software on a server? For instance, suppose I'm using a shared Debian server (e.g. via Dreamhost) and I want to ...
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Issues with setting up SSL on Glassfish v3

I am currently setting up SSL on glassfish and having some issues connecting to the server. http://javadude.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/getting-started-with-glassfish-v3-and-ssl/ I have followed this ...
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static web server: 32 or 64 bits?

For a webserver serving just static files (lighttpd or nginx) which is better, 32 or 64 bits? Which OS is preferable? Centos 5 or Ubuntu 10.04?
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how many users typically use the “forgotten password” flow?

I was wondering what the "standard" usage rate of the "forgot my password" flow is on other ecommerce/industry websites? Right now not that many people go through the "forgot my password" link on my ...
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Can someone explain the difference between app server/web server/web services?

I know that with web server, the html pages are transfered from server to client, with web services, a xml file is sent, but still ... I don't understand them; not even the difference between them. ...
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How to detect form spamming on your web servers?

If you run hundred of web sites on your servers, what it is the most efficient, automated way to detect if bots are using your HTML forms to send spam email, even if your forms have some kind of ...
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Error when creating a custom ErrorDocument 404 in apache

I have a virtual server running apache2 on debian. I would like to create a default 404 error message in the apache2.conf for all my websites. ErrorDocument 404 "/var/www/site/public/404.html" The ...
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Server not sending a SYN/ACK packet in response to a SYN packet

Using iptraf, tcpdump and wireshark I can see a SYN packet coming in but only the ACK FLAG is set in reply packet. I'm running Debian 5 with kernel 2.6.36 I've turned off window_scaling and ...
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Best practices to update a live web service

I am always curious about how large-scale live web application updates are done. Since the application is live, that is why it complicates everything -you should not down your service and at the same ...
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how to configure apache to view hidden (`.`) files?

How do I make a directory listing in apache show the ./hidden files? I tried both <Directory /var/www/*> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews AllowOverride None ...
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node.js 0.4.0 not serving files to external IPs

When I run the following script http = require('http'); http.createServer(function (req, res) { res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'}); res.end('Hello World\n'); }).listen(80, ...
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nginx won't restart after update; config test fails with 'could not build the types_hash'

I just updated nginx to 0.8.50 (as provided by the nginx development PPA), but now I'm facing a problem. I can't restart my server anymore, as it says 'Testing nginx configuration: [emerg]: could not ...
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Using Google Analytics to track Usernames

We have a SharePoint Installation (MOSS, IIS 7.0, Windows Authentication, Windows 2008) and Google Analytics has been installed to track site usage. The site is an intranet site, and all users are ...
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Looking for server monitoring app… nothing fancy.. for Windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tool do you use to monitor your servers? We are looking for a tool to keep an eye on our web servers (http, file exists, connects) and our smtp, pop servers. Also ...
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code injection, some sort of hack?

something seems to have either hacked a webserver, or we have some sort of semi-malicious code running that keeps injecting code into our website. it seems to affect just a couple of coldfusion and ...
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Mongo database replicas on the same machines as load balanced webservers?

We're testing deployment of a web app on Amazon's EC2 which uses MongoDB for the database. Mongo recommends using at least 3 nodes for replication for data integrity. Although this is testing, we'd ...
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What am I (a beginner) losing, by choosing Cherokee over Apache for serving dynamic content?

I am a complete beginner and am planning to setup a photo sharing site. This is the setup I am planning, basically for a start - - Cherokee (instead of Apache) for serving dynamic content ...
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IIS 6 + ASP.NET web service - DW20 and stackoverflow exception

Consider an ASP.NET SOAP web service that starts up fine, but craters hard when receiving its first hit. Please note that this is deployment works in the Test environment, but not in the PreProd ...
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Using Load Balancer in Rackspace cloud for website HA

I have tested tomcat specific clustering with apache mod_jk and mod_proxy on ubuntu local VMs for our website high availability and load balancing. The real servers are hosted by Rackspace cloud ...
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Colour Coding Convention for Server Architecture Block Diagram

Do any colour coding conventions exist for system architecture block diagrams? If not, who/what would be considered the de-facto standard? Is block diagram the correct terminology in this context? ...
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Best Practices for setting up multi-server LAMP environment

I'm looking for resources that will help me design an optimum multi-user multi-server LAMP environment. We currently have 7 servers (2 load-balanced webservers, 2 redundant clustered web-content ...
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appcmd command to set anonymous authentication on a folder under a Web Application

I would like to run a command to set up anonymous authentication on a folder under a Web Application on IIS. I would like the particular folder to be the only thing affected. I don't want to change ...
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Slow NFS and GFS2 performance

Recently I've designed and configured a 4 node cluster for a webapp that does lots of file handling. The cluster have been broken down into 2 main roles, webserver and storage. Each role is replicated ...
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Nginx or Apache as web server in front of Tomcat (Java app)?

just wondering which web server between Apache and Nginx is better supported from Tomcat? I'm attracted in using Nginx for the single-threaded feature. I want to deploy a Java app running on HTTPS. ...
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How do I protect large file downloads through PHP and/or Apache?

We have some large files (1-8GB) that are not publicly accessible. Currently we're serving them up through a PHP script that buffers the files in 1MB chunks and writes it to the output. It's ...
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sudoer scheme to allow useful access to another web developer yet retain future control of a virtual server?

Background: Virtual Private Server I have a virtual private server that I'm looking to host multiple websites on, and provide access to another web developer. I don't care about putting too many ...
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How to calculate Webserver Bandwidth usage

I have a production web server (VPS) running Server 2008 with II7 and i have been asked to look into the usage of each site (there is about 10 sites running on this server) I have been looking at a ...
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How to calculate web server traffic?

We have an asp.net web server application and web service,which will be hosted in the same server. Customer's IT team has asked us what is the expected no.of traffic on the web server. How do I ...
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What is this user name for and how did it get created?

When I created a website named Portal on my IIS 7.5 on the website permissions->security I got this user. What is its purpose? From what I have read the ApplicationPool runs under NetworkService ...
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Is there any open source web server monitor for IIS?

Are there any decent open source web server monitor app for IIS? Something decent that could track for example: Activity/throughput Response time CPU usage Memory usage Disk usage Anything other ...
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Which file extensions are always going to be OK with IIS?

We are serving up files for our own application for download from web servers, including IIS. One such file has the .config extension. Turns out that IIS won't serve this because it thinks it's a ...
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Windows/IIS Hosting :: How much is too much?

I have 4 Windows 2003 servers running IIS 6. These servers host a bunch of unique web sites (in that they are all different in build/architecture/etc). The code behind these sites range from straight ...
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Perlbal For Upload Handling

how and how well does perlbal handle uploads? does it take care of buffering the entire file to disk efficiently, and then pass arguments or headers to the backend describing the file? right now, im ...
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How to make Apache return a custom page on a 400 error with malformed host headers?

I think what I was asking for was a bit hard to understand, so, I am trying to make it simpler... I need my server to have a custom 400 error page when it receives a request with a malformed host ...
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smallest webserver

Can anyone recommend a tiny tiny webserver that will run on windows. Extra points if it runs as an NT service. I am looking for something purely to server html. At most it will probably server 20 ...
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How do high traffic sites service more than 65535 TCP connections?

If there is a limit on the number of ports one machine can have and a socket can only bind to an unused port number, how do servers experiencing extremely high amounts (more than the max port number) ...
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Which Is a Good Starting Point For Beginner? Apache, Nginx or Cherokee?

Any of these web server software i.e., Apache, Nginx and Cherokee is suitable for my website at the moment. And I am learning sysadmin to be able to manage my server (and not for a job). For a ...
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Load balanced Drupal servers: a good way to share data among the servers?

I'm trying to get an overview of how i would go about creating a load balanced web server setup. Setting up the actual load balancer and adding two or more web servers seems fair enough. However, I ...