A quick and usefull command for checking if a server is under ddos is:

netstat -anp |grep ‘tcp\|udp’ | awk ‘{print $5}’ | cut -d: -f1 | sort | uniq -c | sort -n

That will list the IPs taking the most amount of connections to a server. It is important to remember that the ddos is becoming more sophistcated and they are using fewer connections with more attacking ips. If this is the case you will still get low number of connections even while you are under a DDOS.