Apache Server Interview for Linux Admin

Q: – What are the types of virtual hosts ?

name-based and IP-based.
Name-based virtual host means that multiple names are running on each IP address.
IP-based virtual host means that a different IP address exists for each website served. Most configurations are named-based because it only requires one IP address.

Q: – How to restart Apache web server ?

service httpd restart

Q: – How to check the version of Apache server ?

rpm -qa |grep httpd

Q: – What is meaning of “Listen” in httpd.conf file ?

Port number on which to listen for nonsecure (http) transfers.

Q: – What is DocumentRoot ?

it is a location of files which are accessible by clients. By default, the Apache HTTP server in RedHat Enterprise Linux is configured to serve files from the /var/www/html/ directory.

Q: – On which port Apache server works ?

http – port 80
https – port 443

Q: – Tell me name of main configuration file of Apache server ?


Q: – What is location of log files for Apache server ?


Q: – What do you mean by a valid ServerName directive?

The DNS system is used to associate IP addresses with domain names. The value of ServerName is returned when the server generates a URL. If you are using a certain domain name, you must make sure that it is included in your DNS system and will be available to clients visiting your site.

Q: – What is the main difference between <Location> and <Directory> sections?

Directory sections refer to file system objects; Location sections refer to elements in the address bar of the Web page

Q:- What is the difference between a restart and a graceful restart of a web server?

During a normal restart, the server is stopped and then started, causing some requests to be lost. A graceful restart allows Apache children to continue to serve their current requests until they can be replaced with children running the new configuration.

Q: – What is the use of mod_perl module?

mod_perl scripting module to allow better Perl script performance and easy integration with the Web server.

Q: – what happens  if you  add “loglevel Debug” in httpd.conf file

It will give you more information in the error log in order to debug a problem.

Q: – Can you record the MAC (hardware) address of clients that access your server.


Q: – Can you record all the cookies sent to your server by clients in Web Server logs?

Yes, add following lines in httpd.conf file.

CustomLog logs/cookies_in.log “%{UNIQUE_ID}e %{Cookie}i” CustomLog logs/cookies2_in.log “%{UNIQUE_ID}e %{Cookie2}i”

Q: – Can we do automatically roll over the Apache logs at specific times without having to shut down and restart the server?


Use CustomLog and the rotatelogs programs

Add following line in httpd.conf file. CustomLog “| /path/to/rotatelogs /path/to/logs/access_log.%Y-%m-%d 86400″ combined

Q: – What we can do to find out how people are reaching your site?

Add the following effector to your activity log format. %{Referer}

Q: – If you have only one IP address, but you want to host two web sites on your server. What will you do?
In this case I will use Name Based Virtual hosting.

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName web1.test.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/web1

<VirtualHost *:80>
ServerName web2.test2.com
DocumentRoot /var/www/html/web2

Q: – Can I serve content out of a directory other than the DocumentRoot directory?

Yes, by using “Alias” we can do this.

Q: – If you have to more than one URL map to the same directory but you don’t have multiple Alias directives. What you will do?

In this case I will use “AliasMatch” directives.

The AliasMatch directive allows you to use regular expressions to match arbitrary patterns in URLs and map anything matching the pattern to the desired URL.

Q: – How you will put a limit on uploads on your web server?

We can use LimitRequestBody directive.

<Directory “/var/www/html/data_uploads”>
LimitRequestBody 200000

Here the limit defined is  200000 Bytes

Q: – How to stop people using my site by Proxy server?

<Directory proxy:http://www.test.com/myfiles>
Order Allow,Deny
Deny from all
Satisfy All

Q: – What is mod_evasive module?

mod_evasive is a third-party module that performs one simple task, and performs it very well. It detects when your site is receiving a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, and it prevents that attack from doing as much damage. mod_evasive detects when a single client is making multiple requests in a short period of time, and denies further requests from that client. The period for which the ban is in place can be very short, because it just gets renewed the next time a request is detected from that same host.

Q: – How  to enable PHP scripts on your server?

If you have mod_php installed, use AddHandler to map .php and .phtml files to the PHP handler. AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .phtml .php

Q: – Which tool you have used for Apache benchmarking?

ab (Apache bench)

ab -n 1000 -c 10 http://www.test.com/test.html

Q: – Can we cache files which are viewed frequently?

Yes we can do it by using mod_file_cache module.
CacheFile /www/htdocs/index.html

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