How To Manage Unix & Linux Systems Using Webmin

Webmin is a web-based system for Unix, Linux, OpenSolaris, and recently added Windows based Operating Systems that allow you to take full control of your server through a popular control panel and web-interface. What Webmin does is it allows you to simplify the managing course of action with a Unix and/or Linux system. You can manually edit and configure files as well as run commands to create/delete accounts, set up web servers, or manage email forwarding. You’re able to complete all of these tasks through a trouble-free web interface specifically designed for the user.

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Here’s a list that consists of several actions you can take using Webmin:

  • Creating, editing, and deleting UNIX login accounts on your system
  • Exporting files and directories to other systems with the NFS protocol
  • Setting up disk quotas to control how much space users can take up with their files
  • Installing, viewing, and removing software packages in RPM and other formats
  • Changing your system’s IP address, DNS settings, and routing configuration
  • Setting up a firewall to protect your computer or give hosts on an internal LAN access to

the Internet

  • Creating and configuring virtual web sites for the Apache Web server
  • Managing databases, tables, and fields in a MySQL or PostgreSQL database server
  • Sharing files with Windows systems by configuring Samba

Webmin is a powerful software management system used on your choice of an already powerful OS platform. Webmin allows you to configure and setup almost all of the common services and servers on UNIX and Unix-like systems from the simple GUI (Graphical User-Interface). Webmin warns and protects you from potential dangerous actions that are possibly about to occur.

As many of you Linux and Unix-like users have been manually configuring your files, I found that Webmin will recognize any and all existing configurations! This means that all of the work you’ve previously accomplished will remain unchanged once you begin to successfully manage your system with Webmin.

As Jamie Cameron (the developer of Webmin) states in his FREE book on how to fully manage and configure a Linux system using Webmin, you can only use this web-based application if you have a program/Operating System for it to configure, otherwise it’s absolutely useless.

Recently released versions of Webmin can be installed and run on Windows. However, there will be limited functionality as Webmin says not all of its servers will be available if you decide to run it on a Windows based OS. You can find the steps on how to install and properly configure Webmin on their site.

Here’s a hands-on video on how to setup and configure certain aspects your Webmin:

The only “issue” that was a bit hard to get used to was the fact that when using Webmin you can’t immediately view the exact changes its made, thus you don’t accurately learn from the changes it makes. This can be useful for future configurations. However, once the changes are up and running you’re able to take the config files apart and examine the process it undertook, leaving you with an admiral facial expression.

Webmin is most definitely worth taking a much closer look at. This is one of the most useful and powerful tools for administering Linux and Unix-like systems. Moreover, unlike older releases, the newer version allows you to use multiple SSL websites using the same IP addresses for added security and support. Webmin is constantly being updated and never falls behind, its one-of-a-kind easy to use web-interface will convince you of this all on its own.

You can download Webmin on their site or on SourceForge.net