iTools Serves Up Apache in Mac OS X

For the most part, administrators of the open-source Apache Web server prefer that all server management be done through configuration files.

For the most part, administrators of the open-source Apache Web server prefer that all server management be done through configuration files, which makes it more secure and less likely that something unwanted is running in the background.

However, some businesses prefer an intuitive GUI to manage Web servers. On Windows and Unix platforms, businesses can turn to Covalent Technologies for Apache management tools. Now businesses that want to take advantage of the powerful Apache-based Web serving in Mac OS X can turn to Tenon Intersystems iTools 7.

Using iTools 7, I could manage my Apache server using a Mac-based GUI and a browser-based remote administration interface. The GUI-based interface made it easy to perform such tasks as adding modules, controlling access and analyzing server logs (see screen). The browser-based interface wasnt as intuitive, although it was still useful for handling tasks remotely.

Besides improving Apache server management, the iTools bundle adds several key features to the standard Apache 2 Web server: a mail server, a DNS server, an FTP server and SSL support.

For more information on iTools, go to www.tenon.com.