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Old 05-16-2005, 09:56 AM   #1
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Remote Restart Tomcat

I've been searching for awhile and cannot find an answer. I think this is the proper forum to place this question, but forgive me if I need it to go elsewhere....

We've recently deployed a solution using an SLES server with Tomcat running. I have no access to this machine and do not need it.

We have a test machine which is run identical to the production machine, except that I can FTP files to the tomcat\webapps folder, when I need to test updated versions.

However, in order for Tomcat to pick up these files, Apache/Tomcat seems to need a restart. This is fine on the produciton machine, because I store all final versions in VSS and send a update request to our server group. They schedule the update and restart the server when appropriate. However, for the test server, I'd like to update on an AdHoc basic and somehow have the ability to restart from my Windows (XP) workstation.

I don't have SSH access to the machine and don't want a root-level console login. Is there - however - some GUI or remote command that can restart a Tomcat service on a given server? I'm thinking I can get a password for an account that only has the ability to start/stop Apache/Tomcat and use this login.

Old 05-16-2005, 10:05 AM   #2
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The SSH solution is the best in my opinion, it is what most people use to administrate servers on Unix. It is how i was administrating a tomcat/ftp/cvs server for web hosting. You are not oblige to be root. I never use root login except for administrative tasks. In your case, you can install sudo and SSH, then add yourself to the sudo users with the ability to restart tomcat.


#sudo ./ stop;sudo ./ start;
Old 05-16-2005, 11:33 AM   #3
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Oh, okay, cool!

I had always ASSumed that sudo was just another way of typing 'su' to become root. (I hadn't actually tried it.)

I'll recommend this.


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