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  1. #11
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    Hi, I attempted the webmin install tutorial, but have not managed to get it running.

    I think there is enough interest here to create a step-by-step guide for noob's so let's start at the begining by learning to crawl, walk then run.

    So we've chosen webmin as our interface, what we need to know is :

    1, How to install it (and on which machine?)
    2, how to start it up, and to see if the install worked!
    3, if the install failed, why,what are the potential issues, and how to resolve them
    4, are firewalls an issue, if so what to do
    5, ok so we are finally up and running, lets configure a service (samba, web server, mysql)

    Thats just for starters - thanks

  2. #12
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    The link in my sig may help. It's basically a log of what I did when I set up my server, and includes every link that helped me. Maybe it'll help you.

  3. #13
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    Hi, had a go at the above, but still no luck

    Here's where I am currently ...
    I have ubuntu server edition installed as standard. thats as far as I,ve got so far.

    I tried
    apt-get install webmin webmin-core
    but got
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

    Also Do I need to install a desktop on the server?

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    Re: Server Tutorial

    try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install webmin webmin-core
    You need to put sudo before the command since you are not logged in as root.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo
    I'm not afraid of storms, for I sail my own ship

  5. #15
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    You don't NEED a desktop, but when I first started, I was totally new to unix, and didn't feel comfortable with strictly using commands. There are still some, although very few, tasks that I prefer just doing with a GUI. But the answer is no, if you feel comfortable with just the command line, or if you think that's the only way you'll learn, then don't install a GUI.

  6. #16
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    wget http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/w..._1.441_all.deb
    dpkg -i webmin_1.441_all.deb
    apt-get -f install

    BTW, I never sit in front of a server I'm working on. I access it thru ssh (or putty if your on a windows desktop. That way you can copy and paste etc.. and sit at your own comfortable desktop.

    apt-get install ssh
    and consider protecting ssh as it's insecure in it's very design.
    apt-get install Fail2ban

    Soo ..
    1st - use nano or "apt-get install vim"
    2nd - install ssh and use it.
    3rd - install fail2ban or denyhosts to protect ssh
    4th - install webmin

  7. #17
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    Oh, and don't forget the Ubuntu server guide.
    http://doc.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/serverguide/C/

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    Re: Server Tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by rcrcomputing View Post
    and consider protecting ssh as it's insecure in it's very design.
    apt-get install Fail2ban
    this caught my eye as I was scanning this thread.

    care to explain what's insecure about the design of "secure shell" and what you're hoping to remedy with fail2ban ?

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  10. #20
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    Re: Server Tutorial

    Quote Originally Posted by koenn View Post
    this caught my eye as I was scanning this thread.

    care to explain what's insecure about the design of "secure shell" and what you're hoping to remedy with fail2ban ?
    Google "brute force ssh"

    You'll notice other programs giving major access to the system limit access attempts by default. And example is webmin.

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