Webmin and Virtualmin are great tools to have when managing Linux hosts and virtual webservers. Once installed, they’re easier to manage and provide system admins and webmasters the ability to take the complixity of managing Linux servers.
Webmin is a web based system configuration tools for administrators. Virtualmin is a module of Webmin for managing Apache2 virtual hosts and other domain settings. With Webmin and Virtualmin, administrators can administer the creation and management of Apache2 virtual hosts, BIND DNS, MySQL database and user accounts on the local server.
Webmin takes aways the complexity of managing system configuration files on Linux systems. For new users and students Webmin can be very useful. It also allows you to manage mailboxes, aliases and domain all via a single web interface.
This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to install Webmin and Virtualmin on Ubuntu 16.04 to allow system administrators easy management interface.
When you’re ready to install Webmin and Virtualmin, continue below with the steps:
Step 1: Install Webmin
Since Webmin is the main system configuration tool, you should install it first before Virtualmin. run the commands below to install required packages.
sudo apt update sudo apt install python apt-show-versions libapt-pkg-perl libauthen-pam-perl libio-pty-perl libnet-ssleay-perl
After that, run the commands below to download Webmin deb package.
cd /tmp && curl -L -O http://www.webmin.com/download/deb/webmin-current.deb
Finally, install Webmin
sudo dpkg -i webmin-current.deb
That should install Webmin.
Step 2: Accessing Webmin
Now that Webmin is installed, you can access the interface by opening your web browser and browsing the the server hostname or IP address followed by port 10000.
If you’re coming from a remote location, you must add the IP address to the allowed list. you can do that by running the commands below to open Webmin default configuration file.
sudo nano /etc/webmin/miniserv.conf
Then adding a new line to allow a specific IP or subnet.
Save the file. you should be able to access Webmin
Step 3: Installing Virtualmin
Virtualmin only supports Ubuntu LTS versions. If you don’t have those versions of Ubuntu, Virtualmin will fail to install. If you do, then continue below.
Now that Webmin is installed, go and install Virtualmin. Virtualmin allows you to manage Apache2 virtual hosts and DNS, just like you have with cPanel and other hosted packages.
Run the commands below to download Virtualmin script.
curl -O http://software.virtualmin.com/gpl/scripts/install.sh
Then make the script executable
sudo chmod +x install.sh
Finally, run the commands below to install Virtualmin
Accept the default setting and install.
When that’s done, you should have Virtualmin module enabled for Webmin and begin configuring your systems.
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