Does anyone know how to increase the maximum number of cuncurrent connections on a linux server. The company I rent it from is going to charge me $50 if I have them do it and they said it's a simple proccess and to look on google or something but I can't figure it out. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Yeah, I have no idea how to do this. I guess I'll have the company do it for me then. Is there a downfall to increasing this number? Why wouldn't the server be initially set to allow a large number of concurrent connections?
The downfall is potentially overloading the server or allowing it to be crashed by a flood of Apache connections. I suggest finding out how many connections the server can handle before increasing this. Any reasonably modern server can handle 512 connections to static content, but when you account for scripting, mail, sql and other services running on the machine, that many connections may or may not be feasible. If you are unsure what your machine can handle, increase MaxClients slowly.
FYI: On dual CPU servers, we set the hard limit to 512 by default, but we keep MaxClients low in httpd.conf unless needed.