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The only difference between Ubuntu Server and Ubuntu Desktop, are the Desktop packages which you can install with apt-get. I can see several reasons why I wouldn't use it on a remote server: ssh is much faster, X11 over ssh would be slower. It's a load on the server that it doesn't need. I prefer a server to be lean and mean, with minimal packages. It's ...


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GUIs can be beginner-friendly, but after that - they're more hostile than helpful. They place a layer between you and the problem that you're trying to fix - and that "proxy" rarely addresses all the functionality that you are after. The developer who wrote it at the time thought of "what would be required", and after then sealed off your freedom with ...


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Generally speaking, the more extraneous software you run results in two problems: Reduced memory availability for the software you actually care about A greater likelihood that your server will be vulnerable due to an unpatched security vulnerability. If your application is not memory intensive, or under particular memory pressure for your hardware, you ...


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Short term, you've got some good answers here, especially the recommendation for Webmin. But, I feel compelled to suggest that over the long term, if you're serious about your Linux boxes, learn the command line. That's the way most *nix tools are designed. If you don't take advantage of that, you'll be doing things the hard way, forever. The easy way ...


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I prefer CLI because of piping and stdin/stdout. I prefer this on a all systems. I also prefer when there is a configuration file rather than registry settings.


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From a security point of view, installing a GUI is a bad idea as it greatly expands the attack surface of the host. Certainly a GUI does take up some resources which could otherwise be used by the VM's. Gnome will take up resources whenever it is running - regardless of whether or not you are using it. The solution I typically use is to NOT install a GUI ...


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Don't use open if you want to run as another user. Open launches the application you're asking for via LaunchServices which will load it as if you double clicked on it. If you however run the application binary directly it'll work. So for example, as root (so from a script that's already running as root, or via sudo) run ...


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Maybe Gosa will fit... I haven't try it yet but it's on my TODO. From the homepage it says: GOsa² provides a powerful GPL'ed framework for managing accounts and systems in LDAP databases. Using GOsa² allows system administrators to easily manage users and groups, fat and thin clients, applications, phones and faxes, mail distribution lists ...


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There's a ZFS web based interface, but it doesn't provide any analytical insight into system. What you're probably seeing up there in the demo is DTrace data being plotted in real time. You could even do that on your own with a dtrace and gnuplot script.


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You want to change /etc/inittab and look for the line with initdefault, and change it from 5 to 3: id:3:initdefault:


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Sure, you can disable "Metro" by using the Uninstall-WindowsFeature Powershell cmdlet and turning off the GUI. But no you cannot leave the GUI turned on and have your old "traditional" Start Menu. You will log in directly to Desktop on Server 2012 and 2012R2, but the Start Button does not work like it used to and it never will unless you install some sort ...


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AutoHotKey Autoit PyWinAuto


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My thinking is to provide the GUI for folks who may have to succeed me and who do not know Asterisk so well as to manually maintain the configuration files. This seems like a silly assumption from the start. For one thing, virtually all of the documentation available for asterisk is in the form of config files, someone approaching your setup from no ...


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WinSCP comes to mind. Or Filezilla. And those are only the most common.


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i installed Ubuntu Server 9.04, and logged in at the text based login prompt. i was hoping the GUI would then launch so i can configure the server. I stand by my answer on the question you linked to. I don't know how much value enabling a GUI will actually give you. Most of the things that you need to do to manage a server you are going to have ...


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Upfront: I used to be a core dev on freepbx, but moved to another company, and unfortunately don't have time for it anymore. It really depends on your style. Certainly, by hand, you get a ton of control. However, you also have to consider what you are trying to accomplish. In the end, an office PBX generally needs to work in a certain way, and there a bunch ...


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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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I almost whole-heartedly support the command line, but I think it depends on what you need to do. Which basic tasks do you need to make easier? If you're looking to manage the files on the server in a more graphical manner and don't want to use something like midnight commander (see a screenshot here) then you could set it all up so that you can mount some ...


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We use OpsView at work. It's a web based GUI, and handles things like scaling up the Nagios service via clustering. You can add new hosts, new services, via the web, and acknowledge the outage. It also records a historical view of services, should you wish to know things like how much CPU a server regularly needs. You still won't be able to add Nagios ...


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gksudo will invoke sudo, rather than su, so you can use your own password, not the root password. (Presuming your user has sudo privillages).


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CLI all the way, for the simple reason that audit is much easier. When I'm making a change, I simply log my terminal session and then I have a record of exactly what I did, should I ever have to go back and validate it. Text based configuration also lends itself to automation; it's trivial to throw together some scripts that automatically save configuration ...


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To specify which network adapter to use you need to set the metric value in the routing table. The order of the list of interfaces has no bearing on which will be used - its all in the routing table.


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I'm not aware of any nginx module, but there are some cPanel-like admin panels that support nginx. Right off the top of my head, I know of Froxlor and ehcp. I think cPanel supports nginx via a plugin and from some researching I did a few months back I read that Plesk was going to support it, as well.


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You can run: yum groupinstall "X Window System" And possibly change the /etc/inittab to default to runlevel 5.


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BTW, even if you setup the console to boot into the GUI mode, there is always a method to boot into a text mode window if you wish.....all you have to do is basically press CTL-ALT-1 to get to a standard text login. So therefore, even if you have the GUI mode activated, you can always login in text mode. So the basic answer is that you don't have to do ...


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I'll answer with some gritty details. Jenny D is to the point but I'd like to be more precise about "no further alarms". Normally, Nagios will notifiy you on each status change: So if your service becomes "WARN", you get a notification. You acknoweledge the service now, and will not get another (i.e. perioditc) notification as long as the service stays in ...


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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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Some distributions include Webmin, which is a web based interface for system administration. For Ubuntu, I would first try apt-get install webmin, but if that doesn't work I found an installation tutorial for webmin on Ubuntu...


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Your initial impressions are correct; the GUIs like do to things their way, and attempts to step outside of that box will sometimes be difficult. Think of the way that say Debian does their Apache configuration vs the standard source distribution - one config file vs tens or even hundreds being pulled in via include statements. You will also tend to find ...



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