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I loathe using a control panel, because while they make the simple stuff easy, they make the hard stuff damn well near impossible, which severely hampers your ability to do things down the road -- and you never know when you're going to hit a massive control panel-inspired road block (it's not as though the authors are going to say "here's where we suck"), ...


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Webmin is a Perl-based (not Apache-based) administration interface which, unlike cPanel, allows you to control every aspect of your server, either visually or manually, through the use of web forms. It also features a cool java file manager which allows you to get a visual idea of what's on your HDDs and it can perform basic file operations on them. In terms ...


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Between Usermin, Webmin and Virtualmin which one does the job and is less resource hungry? classicmanpro did a great job covering most of the differences, but I'll try to clear up the confusion here about resource usage. Virtualmin is a module of Webmin. You can't have Virtualmin without Webmin. Resource usage of Virtualmin, by default, is a bit ...


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I'm not sure how hard you've actually looked, but it's there. Control Panel | Uninstall a Program. It's been the same from 2008 through 2012 R2 (which is where the following screen captures are from. This is a fresh 2012 R2 VM that I happen to be provisioning at the time that you asked this, so the list above is empty, but when you install third-party ...


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There are no such tools, as those who graduate beyond point-and-click to CLI don't need them and usually don't want them. Add/remove domains is a matter of adding a file, email boxes should be as simple as editing a file (or ldap), mysql users and databases are added with a single command. Why would you replace domain knowledge (as in: knowing the tools you ...


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Consoles are all well and good, but it's often nice to have some kind of interface available, especially if you're in an environment where you're not the only person who is going to be administrating the server, because not everyone will have the CLI knowledge to do everything, and a GUI can make things much faster. cPanel is excellent if you're running a ...


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You can use the runas command. runas /user:Administrator "control appwiz.cpl" It will prompt for a password then launch Add/Remove Programs with Administrator's credentials. There are other control panel applets you might need to launch this way as well. You can also hold shift while right-clicking the applets and most of them allow you to choose "Run ...


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You'll probably want an MTA as well - I'd recommend Postfix. You can also install Postfix Admin (http://postfixadmin.sourceforge.net/) if you'd like a web interface to it. Make sure you've got a firewall running as well. APF (http: //www.rfxn.com/projects/advanced-policy-firewall/) is a reasonably nice iptables configuration manager that's quite ...


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"For me the issue with CPanel or Webmin is their dependency on specific application versions, specific configuration structure, and so on, and so on." This is true of cPanel, but not Webmin. Webmin supports pretty much every version of every service it manages, and usually before new versions are even stable (we usually add support during the early betas ...


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For me, the only thing you need for a server is the console. With SSH you've got remote access and can do all the tasks needed. The daemons that mostly run on servers (e.g. httpd) doesn't need any GUI and óften server hardware itself is laid out to run only a shell. Server Operating systems (e.g. OpenBSD, FreeBSD, etc.) require you to install X by yourself. ...


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I'll attempt it and I'll try to give some Hyper-V specific information here. I'm using Hyper-V Server 2012 as an example. Problem 1: I can only get the CPU usage as seen by the host-OS No, you can get the CPU usage however you want to get it. If you want to get the overall CPU usage of the guest OS as the guest itself sees it (an average of all its ...


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I think the only ways you have a chance of accessing the files on the instance are: Locate the private ssh key that corresponds to the public key which was used to start the instance, or use another ssh key or password that you might have configured on the instance after it was started. Find a security vulnerability in the instance that allows you to hack ...


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On basically any recent version of windows, if there is a GUI, you can do windows+R and run appwiz.cpl. This will get you the GUI uninstall window. If I recall, you can get to this using server manager too, on the core server installs. Remember also that what this menu does is simply run the cached copy of the MSI, so generally if you run the MSI again ...


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Adding a service always has a performance cost. The question is will adding the service benefit more than the additional overhead. The main concern is not really performance, it's that the increased complexity always has a management penalty. The more stuff on a box the more likely it is to go down/have issues and the longer it will take to determine what ...


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Don't forget to install php (or the scripting language of your choice). phpMyAdmin is useful for MySQL administration. You may also want to install open-ssl for generating SSL certificates and/or certificate requests (assuming you want secure connections). If you want to send mail from your scripts you'll need something like PostFix. If you want to ...


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I've asked the same question myself of Rackspace support. They said: ... We are working on a new stats system that will be customer facing, however I do not have any firm ETA on that project. I was also looking for hourly stats on bandwith et al, and they could not do that either. They do have daily numbers, but you have to raise a ticket and ...


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Strictly speaking, if it does the job it doesn't 'matter' what it is written in. PHP, perl or any interpreted 'scripting' language probably make more sense for control panels like these, since there isn't [as far as I can tell] much need to directly address memory. CPanel is a beastly hog but useful for people too ignorant or lazy to manage their own ...


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If you know how to configure DNS then set an A-Record to your IP. Let's say for example www.example.com A 192.168.0.1 For this you have to know some things: your IP bought with the VPS the domain bought at namecheap You then link them in your DNS configuration.


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If you are looking for control panels to manage your server then consider Webmin or ISPConfig both free and open source. Like others recommended it would not hurt to configure by hand, in the end it's your choice.


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Whatever you do, it will always be a possible security hole. Some suggestions: Write a simple shell script that executes its input, and have it chown and setuid root; PHP will call it and pass it the supplied command. Use more specific scripts for the various tasks you will perform, and have them setuid root; again, PHP will call them. Write a demon which ...


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Create a sudo rule for the user the web server runs as, so it can only run specific commands. To edit a file, for example, you could have the web server make a copy in a directory owned and only writeable by the webserver (so malicious local users can't step on your changes mid-process), and have a sudo rule to copy the edited file into place. You can lock ...


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I've been trying to resolve the same problem, in the end the solution I went for was to create a bookmarklet so that I can click once and have the details entered into the fields without having to look them up. This does of course present security implications depending on how you safe you consider bookmarks in your browser! But for me it works well, here's ...


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Plesk has taken the wrong path by limiting the length of the passwords and not making this either configurable or substantially longer. It's odd that even the system user or administrator cannot have a stronger or longer password. While it can be argued that 14 characters is long enough, it doesn't allow for (semi) arbitrary length passwords, or easy to ...


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Not tried myself, and avaliable as debian/ubuntu packages, dtc: http://www.gplhost.com/software-dtc.html Baifox is another option, not as complete as plesk/cpanel: http://www.baifox.org/


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All our Linux servers are used through ssh, it's just easier that way, with configuration file editing (vim), service management, and such. As for "much repetitive typing" - how much clicks can be saved by a single script? For me the issue with CPanel or Webmin is their dependency on specific application versions, specific configuration structure, and so ...


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There will always be lots of security bugs in software like web-based control panels. You should keep it up to date always, if you must use it at all. Generally speaking, this is a game of staying one step ahead of attackers, and certainly there are publicly known vulnerabilities in the last version; even if they only effectively fixed one of them you ...


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It seems to me that it would be a better idea to run all your queries from the guest OS. Since you want an accurate guest view from the hypervisor's perspective this poses some challenges: For problem 1 there is an issue of the hypervisor overhead - the "real" CPU utilization for a VM as seen from the hypervisor will be higher than what's being reported ...


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You need to enable the “Allow remote access to the PnP interface” group policy. Open gpedit.msc on the Windows Server 2008. Navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Device Installation. Enable “Allow remote access to the PnP interface” Restart the Windows Server 2008. When Device Manager is used remotely it is read-only. If ...



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