Using Webmin to Administer Ubuntu Server

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LINUX is a great Server.  I use Linux in many areas of the Networks I design. It can stretch the hardware while offering reliable services for years without interruption if configured correctly.

And of course… It’s free.

Now I must admit that the Command line interface can be fun, but it can also be a nightmare. Command line only configuration of Ubuntu server can make you feel lost in a sea of confusion when configuring certain services. It can take days to configure something you could have found in two minutes on Windows.

At the same time I’m not big on putting a full fledged GUI on an Ubuntu Server. Especially when once configured it will be a network only machine.

I went in search for an in- between solution… Something light with Gui like simplicity but lighter and less vulnerable than a GUI.

That is when I found Webmin. I must say it makes configuring an Ubuntu server a lot easier. And I rather enjoy the interface.

To use Webmin install it through the command line on Linux.  You can find instructions here: http://www.webmin.com/deb.html.

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Also note that Webmin supports Unix-like OS’  so it works with  linux Distro’s, Unix and BSD.

Webmin is secure and sits on port 10000. You can access it through your browser at https://youripadress:10000

If you find yourself missing the command line you can always access it through ssh. So I see it as the best of both worlds.

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Sterling Atkinson

Technologist, IT Director, Communicator. I have served as an IT professional since 2000. My first computer job was working for Creative Labs, Inc. supporting Sound Blaster Live! and other products. I have owned my own technology consulting firm and have been employed full time as the IT Director since 2006. I write for geekbraindump.com as a way of collaborating with others, documenting challenges and projects and promoting my career as an IT professional. I come from a belief that IT is as much a science as it is an art. Taking a project from conception to completion takes an array of skills which includes critical and creative thinking as well as excellent communications skills. It is my goal to constantly shape and refine these skills and help others develop and improve their skills.

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3 Comments

  1. Katy Pillman July 25, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Couldn’t get it running, good post though!

  2. Yaniv Norman July 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Sounds like a great tool, will try it for my Ubuntu servers. Thanks!

  3. Bob Recio July 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I’ve been using webmin for several years on my home server and I love it. Last week I rebuilt my server (which I do often) and I tried a different admin panel. While I was researching that solution I ran across many articles that said that webmin is not supported for Debian or Ubuntu. Ironically, each article went on to explain how to install webmin! And I am back on webmin.
    Here’s one of those articles…
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WebMin

    Thanks for your article!

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