Webmin - Managing Your Server

Go to a PC other than the PBX in a Flash server and point your web browser to the server's IP address. You should see the following webpage. Select the Administration.. Link to go to the Webmin configuration.

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Select the the Webmin icon:

User: root
Password: xxxxxxxx (the one you created during the installation)

Webmin's job is to provide a graphic user interface (GUI) that configures all of the text based configuration files and there's a lot of them. Here's a quick rundown of its capabilities:

This is Webmin's main menu screen. It shows the current status of the server and resources used. This is not the standard theme that Webmin uses but is highly recommended. Here's how to update to the Stress Free theme:

  1. Go to Webmin Stressfree theme and download to your local PC.
  2. Connect to your PiaF server's Webmin then go to Webmin - Webmin Configuration - Webmin Themes - Install Theme - From uploaded file
  3. Browse to the downloaded theme and open, then select Install
  4. Return to the Themes List and select Stressfree and Change.
  5. Done, now you have a new updated Webmin that looks as good as it works!

In the following links, you'll see the powerful tool that Webmin is. Each list item shows the pull-down menus that are available.

  • Webmin Module

    This is the area where you would configure Webmin itself, backup and restore the Webmin configuration and create/modify Webmin users and more.

  • System Module

    The System module is where you would configure the Linux operating system, backup and restore it and create/modify users and more.

  • Servers Module

    The Server module is where you would install and configure the various servers that are needed by Asterisk. Some examples are the mySQL server, web server, ftp server, email server, etc..

  • Networking Module

    This is the section that deals with networking issues such as TCP/IP settings, PPP, ADSL, etc..

  • Hardware Module

    The Hardware module is interested in anything to do with the hard-drives and their management including the voicemail server. Here you'll find CD burner data, RAID info, LVM info, Partitioning, etc..

  • Cluster Module

    Webmin is designed to be scalable. The Cluster module gives you the controls to scale up the Webmin management of your servers. From one Webmin GUI, you can manage clusters of your servers. Here's the heart of creating and managing those clusters.

  • Other Module

    The Other Module takes on the job of detailing the other stuff that is required to manage a server bu just doesn't fit into the previous categories. You can upload and download files to the server. There is a SSH/Telnet client for connecting to your server through a command line interface, etc..

Further Information

You can find further detailed information on each of these modules at Webmin's Standard Modules by Category webpage.

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