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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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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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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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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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Here is a useful link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_hosting_control_panels


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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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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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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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This isn't the normal Windows behavior. It must be something application-specific that is unique to this specific application/service.


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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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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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As GregAskew pointed out, I was able to survey the Group Policy Settings by going to the command prompt and using gpresult: gpresult /h gpresult.html This helped identify the fact that a group policy was in effect to "Show only specified Control Panel items": If you have permissions, you can locally override this by enabling this setting on the Local ...


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Doh! It was due to user error. We figured out that someone, unbeknownst to my team and presumably someone on the team that made the virtual machines and installed the OS, deliberately configured the Services snapin on all three machines to connect to the same single host! So the software was working as designed. Erasing the service entries on each of the ...


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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 ├│ften 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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You could also look at DirectAdmin.


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Webmin is pretty lightweight from what I can remember, but it's been several years since I touched it. In webmin, you can enable/disable "modules" at need to tune functionality to suit your needs.


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Don't bother. Learn the command-line - you'll be much better off in the long term, knowing how to properly admin your server (and others) without having to rely on the crutch that these GUI control panels provide.


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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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virtualmin/webmin


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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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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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If you like Webmin, have you considered Virtualmin GPL? You can upgrade it to Virtualmin Pro if you want more features and support.


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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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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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Plesk has own packages of courier-imap, proftpd, nginx, phpMyAdmin, Horde, roundcube, phpPgAdmin, pear, logrotate, drweb, Kaspersky, SpamAssassin.


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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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Tell ya what: I'll give you a nickel if you write one in assembler. If that doesn't answer your question, you're either not paying attention or not asking the right question.


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I think those on your list are pretty much it. One left out is ZPanel


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better use virtualmin, the webmin hosting module: http://www.webmin.com/virtualmin.html http://www.webmin.com/vinstall.html



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