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JohnV2 11-26-2012 06:26 PM

How to administrate a lot of servers?

A little help here :D

A administrate a lot of server Unix/Linux... What program I can use to do administration stuff? In a Linux PC

I do a lot of maintenance of disks partition, restarted services and other stuff (Some of they repetitive). So, I need to some script through the program.

I think use Emacs and Tmux, what do you think? What program do you use?

On Windows exist a lot of program like putty + GUI for some server management. (SecureCRT, etc..)

Other tips are welcome... Thanks.

Best regards,

linosaurusroot 11-26-2012 08:17 PM

cfengine/chef/puppet kind of things

JohnV2 11-30-2012 08:58 PM


Thanks for the answer... but I need some that no need any agent instalation.

Like famous putty/kitty + some GUI for management server.


JohnV2 01-03-2013 01:52 AM


Well may be no one understand the question, anyway I found this Cdist

Not used right now but have the potential that I need. One of them is that not need agent installation.

I will put some comment in a few days... to close as resolved the thread.


mar10 01-03-2013 10:24 PM

Try webmin. For more info go here -

amlife 01-04-2013 01:42 AM

Well you will need good monitoring system to star with! keep you up2date with your network status, and help you sleep better.

For Management, I think SUSE Linux gives large number nice windows like GUI management utilities which by far surpass any other tools on any other linux distros out there!

not sure about the open source version, but the enterprise version comes with Web administration tool to manage large number of servers / cluster, which makes it easy to administrate and reduce your chances of making mistakes.

alieblice 01-04-2013 05:03 AM

you said putty .there is a putty for Linux too. i don't know your distro but it exist in Debian based distro repositories .

JohnV2 01-04-2013 05:50 PM

Hi guys,

No putty in self hahaha Ok I explain a little sorry for not doing before. I manage many server I mean a lot of servers, really every day I need to connect to one server that I never saw. I don't know how many servers are.. thousands... because of that I don't need any agents installation. All the servers are some *nix variants. I can't install anything on the servers...

I always use linux, home, work, etc... for some politic of the company in this job everybody uses Windows. So, I use Windows, I have a year in this job using kitty and mtputty. I hate the others putty-like + GUI server management, tends to freeze a lot or are very slow.

Ok, now as you know some of my. I will tell yo how do I work, kinda... For the frequent servers I need to manage, I add to a DB to connect more easily (with password for user and root, for automatic connections) connect to serves and copy and paste the passwords is a really pain taking into account the large number of servers. I do scripts for maintenance purpose, restart some service, and some other routine stuff... All of this the "GUI server management" makes easy with one click to launch the script for the active server window or for all servers windows.

All the servers are store orderly on folders on the mttputty (GUI server management) for easy search for servers and double click on then to connect or to connect and launch some script. But :( not have any search engine, you need to scroll down or up for looking your server.

Now, why this thread? right now I can chance my workstation to Linux :D so you know the story hahaha I never manage servers in great scale.

I need if possible something like that. I was testing tmux, emacs, and zsh. I use zsh for the search engine for servers and easy connection only for user not with root :( emacs I always use emacs and tmux you know for what. XDD In a few days I will test cdist.


trijit 01-07-2013 02:00 AM

Hi John,

You can use one particular server as a monitoring master server and use a nagios there, for the others(that means the servers you connect to for administration) you can install nrpe client. So, once you find anything unusual on the hosts, you can jump into it directly. Now, from your last post I see you are using linux and from that host you want to login to other hosts. Here is what you can do:

* If you want to login to linux hosts, then you don't have to install putty/securecrt. Just open your terminal, and login like following:

ssh username@HostIP

* For logging into Windows, you can use the following syntax:

rdesktop -g 1400x800 HostIP (resolution as per your need.)


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