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Looking for recommendations the best comprehensive browser based administration tool for administering a Linux machine. Ideally this would be distribution agnostic. This could also be an "appliance" type product that would administer multiple machines on network.

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I've used webmin which offers a comprehensive set of administration tools for everything from process management, apache, BIND DNS, bandwidth monitoring, command shell, DHCP server, various mail servers, RAID, IP tunnelling, MYSQL (etc etc!) to a java based file manager - plus a shed load of 3rd party modules. It's available in RPM, deb, TAR, and solaris formats and can administer multiple machines as a "cluster". Many languages are supported too.

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Just watch out for security ! Webmin should not be accessible by anyone on the Internet as in really not at all. –  Antoine Benkemoun Jul 2 '09 at 15:07
    
Webmin really is your best option, IMHO. We use it on all of our servers. –  steve.lippert Jul 2 '09 at 15:18
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I use ebox on a server that need such an interface. It's a bit young when compared to webmin. It's worth a peek:

http://trac.ebox-platform.com/wiki/Document/FAQ/HowEboxDiffersFromWebmin

The main reason for choosing ebox being that box runs debian.

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+1 for suggesting an alternative. –  gareth_bowles Mar 22 '10 at 14:40
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There are others which you can explore..

  1. ISPConfig
  2. Ajenti
  3. ZPanel
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