Starting Tomcat and verifying the installation on Windows
Go to the services applet of the Windows control panel and start the service. Much more cooler is the command line:
net start tomcat8
Congratulations! Your Apache Tomcat is alive. To check if everything is okay, we take a look to the filesystem and the log files.
- Tomcat should generate log files in the folder D:\Tomcat\logs
- A new folder named Catalina plus sub folders should be present underneath D:\Tomcat\work and D:\Tomcat\conf
Open a browser to access Tomcat's administration interface.
- For a local access use this URL: http://localhost:8080
- To access the UI from remote, replace localhost with the DNS name or IP-Address of your server. Examples: http://192.168.100.100:8080, http://svlucee01.netfusion.local:8080
- If you have changed the default port 8080 to something else, then replace 8080 with your choosen port number.
- Accessing the administration interface from remote will fail, If you didn't open the Windows firewall.
On the right side of the administration interface, a choice of three pages is available:
- Server Status: An overview about the health and configuration of Tomcat
- Manager App: An overview about the deployed Apps
- Host Manager: Tool to manage hosts
To access these pages, you need to login with your previously created account.
Tip: Save this script as a CMD-file to your desktop as a convenient Tomcat restarter:
net stop Tomcat8 ping -n 11 127.0.0.1 del D:\Tomcat\Logs\*.* /Q net start Tomcat8