I am a big fan of Ubuntu Server. It’s exactly what you need for a server, no fancy UI, just services.
Dealing with all the text configuration files can be a time consuming task and there is something that can help a lot. It’s called Webmin and it is a web interface for configuring your linux box.
Webmin demo

You need to install first some perl-related libraries required by webmin:

sudo apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl libmd5-perl

The you need to download the latest webmin archive (this might change in time). I am downloading the Debian package:

wget http://www.webmin.com/download/deb/webmin-current.deb

(thanks @macrocode)

Install the Debian package with dpkg, not Aptitude:

sudo dpkg -i webmin_1.490_all.deb

* Your downloaded version may differ. Just use the deb package you’ve just downloaded.

Enjoy your Webmin installation at https://[serverIP]:10000 .
What I am normally doing is forwarding the port 10000 out of my router and access my webmin from anywhere on the internet. You can forward it to another port and to be user-friendly and easy-to-remember you can use DynDNS to pick a nice name.

Webmin on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala


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16 Responses to “Install Webmin on Ubuntu Server or Desktop 9.10 Karmic Koala”
  1. Joe SuttonNo Gravatar says:

    Nice easy to folllow instructions. Thanks!

  2. speedy18usNo Gravatar says:

    I just made a similar tutorial on my Ubuntu tutorials website http://ubuntu-for-humans.blogspot.com/2009/11/install-webmin-on-ubuntu-server.html . I gave you the credit for it. Thanks!

  3. KillingdrewNo Gravatar says:

    Hey i’m having some trouble installing Webmin. It says that it failed to fetch the perl-related libraries can you guys help me

  4. Omer BarlasNo Gravatar says:

    You don’t need to install the libraries needed, first download, then dpkg -i it. It will ask for the dependencies, just do this;
    sudo apt-get install -f
    This is better since webmin’s dependencies might change over time.

  5. andreiashNo Gravatar says:

    you can do an:
    apt-get update
    just to make sure you have the latest package repository info

  6. BrandonNo Gravatar says:

    I installed webmin on my server everything went like you guys said it would but now i go to http://[serverip]:1000 and I get a problem loading page. I know the servers not down cause I’m logged into the root through putty

  7. andreiashNo Gravatar says:

    make sure you use https instead of http, as webmin is available through SSL.
    second, serverip is your server IP address, so change that with the IP address
    third, the port is not 1000, is 10000 (ten thousands).

    let me know if it’s working with the changes above

  8. karolispNo Gravatar says:

    i think it is a good idea to follow guide on webmin page,and even more so, since they teach you how to add repository and in this way stay up to date, and that is VERY important if you are planning to expose webmin for any potentially hostile network (even your home local network can be considered hostile…)
    so the link:

  9. syltnNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome, thanks. Easy guide, worked perfectly

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  11. PauloNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks, Very simple!

  12. StephanNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome, beautiful. Thanks

  13. Derek (ammofreak) LloydNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you very much! Clear, concise, & accurate.

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