Oct 5, 2008

I am in love! In love with web-based Linux administration!

As you all know, I recently setup a NAS using FreeNAS. Well, if you read that post, you know that it is administered through a webGUI. So I started thinking to myself, "Self, I wonder if there is a tool like that for Linux!" So I began to look around, and I'll tell you what, it didn't take long to find what I was looking for!

This little miracle is called Webmin. Webmin allows you to do full Linux administration through an SSL encrypted webGUI! It literally allows you to do every facet of administering your server from your browser! Setup for it is a snap too! Before, when I would setup an Ubuntu server, I would install the desktop minus gdm, usplash and any other apps I didn't need. Now, I just install Ubuntu server edition with apache and webmin and call it a day!

To install it, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Install the prerequisites by running:

    sudo apt-get install apache2 perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

  2. Next, download the deb package:

    wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/webadmin/webmin_1.420_all.deb

  3. Install the deb package:

    sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.420_all.deb

  4. Now you can access your server by browsing to https://servername:10000

I liked this thing so much, I put in a change order to install it on our production Ubuntu GSX server at the office. Now all of the Linux shy admins can move around that server with ease.

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