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Looking for a web administration tool for your system? Try out Webmin. One of the very basic tools to manage your system.

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You can download the webmin package for different OS’s from the official website webmin.com.

Once you have the .deb package for Ubuntu/Debian, you will be prompted to install some dependencies. So first get the dependencies installed.  Here are some dependencies which I needed on my laptop. (This may vary from machine to machine.. Nothing to worry rest of the packages can also be installed very easily with the intelligent installer aptitude)

$sudo aptitude  install libnet-ssleay-perl libauthen-pam-perl libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

Now, go ahead and install the webmin .deb file which you had downloaded earlier to finish installation.

$sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.x_all.deb

Now, you’re all set to drive your system the way you want it through a simple web interface. Access webmin via your browser by typing the following URL

https://127.0.0.1:10000

(PS: Its not https://)

If you’re prompted for a security certificate accept it to get the webmin interface. Now you will be prompted for Username and Password. Enter your system’s user name and password to start with.

For those who need more out of this here are the key words: usermin, virtualmin … continue digging more..

Webmin.com

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more. Webmin removes the need to manually edit Unix configuration files like /etc/passwd, and lets you manage a system from the console or remotely. See the standard modules page for a list of all the functions built into Webmin, or check out the screenshots.