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)
Enter your password
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 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:-
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 😉