Webmin – Web based remote management for Linux

Now my expertise is with Windows mainly but the Linux OS is a challenge to me and on and off over the years I have toyed with different versions and editions. Managing a text based Linux system to me is way too time consuming so I looked up the application called Webmin – http://www.webmin.com/.

In short Webmin allows you to manage your Linux system using your web browser over HTTPS. What it means is I can dump my server in any location I want connected to the web and manage it from home, work etc. My idea is to have a old PC sat offsite running as a backup server so at least if the house burns down I have some disaster recovery!

I found the quickest way was to get on the server console and run the apt-get command which is kind of the Linux version of Windows Update (ensure youe Linux machine is connected to the internet). This allows you to download which packages / plugins you require direct from the web into Linux.

Here’s what I did

Login to the server using your administrator (or what ever the high level user you specified in the Ubuntu Server setup)
sudo su
Enter your password
pico /etc/apt/sources.list
At the bottom of the doc add the following line
deb http://download.webmin.com/download/repository sarge contrib
The press ctrl x and then select y and enter
apt-get update
apt-get install webmin

If all has gone well then you should be able to access your new server on your network from another pc by going to a web browser and typing:-

https://hostname:10000/

If you are unsure of your hostname then type hostname in the command prompt

Login using your user mentioned earlier (e.g. administrator)

See here for full instructions http://www.webmin.com/deb.html for Ubuntu Server. I would hope you wouldn’t need to use this link though 😉

Good luck!

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