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Old 03-10-2015, 08:09 PM   #1
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Whats your favorite Linux control panel? (Web/Email/DB server)

Whats your favorite Linux control panel? (For a Web/Email/DB server, if you use one)
Old 03-10-2015, 08:19 PM   #2
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Among the free ones, I use ispconfig
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Speaking strictly as a customer of hosting services, I prefer Cpanel to Parallels any day of the week and twice on Sundays. Natch, my hosting service uses Parallels.

I haven't had occasion to set up my own.
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My favorite ... is the command-line.

In my experience, any "control panel" can be penetrated, and it usually turns out to be the way that a system was penetrated. (Unless you're using a "shared hosting" service, and your site was hacked by a next-door neighbor.)

Therefore, when I use third-party servers, they are always virtual private servers and the first thing that I do is to wipe the sucker clean. Nothing there but the bare OS. The first thing to go on is VPN, with digital certificates, and the first things to be removed are things like Telnet ... and SSH. You can get to the web server and that's it. The only way to get to a shell is to go through the VPN tunnel, and the only way to do that is to possess the one-and-only (encrypted) certificate. Thus, it is quite effortless for me to access the box, and impossible for anyone else. (The tunnel is set up as a "one-way door," such that the remote is "on my local network," but my local network isn't available to the remote.)

I ordinarily prepare configuration files ahead of time, then simply copy them into place on the new box. "Provisioning" is accomplished by a series of scripts, which were tested on local virtual-machines that are similarly configured.

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Originally Posted by sundialsvcs View Post
My favorite ... is the command-line.
Originally Posted by frankbell View Post
and twice on Sundays.
Graphical front-ends do serve a purpose, a quick way to learn the various aspects of System Administration but I'd much prefer to know what's going on "under the hood".

I have used webmin in the past. Spent 3 days in the "DNS" Area of it all the while having a terminal open on the master and slave dns hosts, matching up what I initially 'saw' there and then to peek at the actual zone files and confs.

Panels are panels are panels. Just a logical and graphical grouping of elements and their properties and/or values.


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