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Old 06-29-2008, 02:34 PM
"Jim Tarvid"
Default Fwd: Ubuntu server GUI

Many server management tools use a client server model (ntop, ebox, puppet). Those who choose to run the client on the server can do so which I do on my workstation to sandbox work in progress.

That practice is not without its disadvantages.

1) firefox and xorg can consume a large proportions of my computer's resources
2) I have a large number of open ports and sockets (>600), fortunately they are behind a firewall and I know my neighbors
3) some of my sandbox applications generate outgoing traffic

Some of tools need a tool to configure the tool, e.g. puppet

Clearly I need to get my act together but some polish on the existing client server tools would help.

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From: Ken Hansen <N2VIP@verizon.net>
Date: Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 8:16 AM
Subject: Re: Ubuntu server GUI
To: Neil Wilson <neil@brightbox.co.uk>

Cc: ubuntu-server@lists.ubuntu.com

On Jun 29, 2008, at 3:51 AM, Neil Wilson wrote:


> The best way to do server admin via GUI is to use a management station

> that has the GUI on it and then issues commands to the server via some

> interface - libvirt style, HTTP REST style, or just good old ssh.


> That way there is no guff on your server getting in the way of its

> primary function - in complete contrast to Windows servers.

Actually, Windows Server 2008 now has a "flavor" of server called

"core" that strips off the local GUI and has an expanded suite of

local command line commands available. In addition, it can be remotely

managed by a "traditional" WIndows Server 2008 machine management

console for admins that prefer GUI admin tools.

The Windows Server 2008 "Core" installations offer limited

functionality (mainly network functions, file server, domain

controllers, etc.) and seem to be intended for remote deployment, to

reduce server surface area (security), and increase performance of


More information can be found here: http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/47a23a74-e13c-46de-8d30-ad0afb1eaffc1033.mspx?mfr=true

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Old 07-01-2008, 02:07 PM
Scott Kitterman
Default Fwd: Ubuntu server GUI

Forwarding to the list since it seems not to have made it there.

Scott K

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Subject: Re: Ubuntu server GUI
Date: Tuesday 01 July 2008 08:07
From: "Greg Wallace" <gtewallace@gmail.com>
To: "Scott Kitterman" <ubuntu@kitterman.com>
Cc: ubuntu-server@lists.ubuntu.com, "Scott McKean"
<scott@epochlabs.com.au>, "Aidan Furlan" <aidan@epochlabs.com.au>

On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 5:20 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu@kitterman.com>

> On Sun, 29 Jun 2008 16:53:36 -0400 "Greg Wallace" <gtewallace@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> Top posting fixed. Please don't.
> >On Sun, Jun 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu@kitterman.com>
> >
> >wrote:
> >> On Sun, 29 Jun 2008 15:52:09 -0400 "Greg Wallace" <gtewallace@gmail.com
> >>
> >> wrote:
> >> >Hi all,
> >> >
> >> >I want to add one more option to the list - www.netdirector.org
> >> >
> >> >release 3.2 which went on SourceForge last week moves the project to
> GPL,
> >> >fixes some bugs, adds some features and, importantly for folks here,
> >>
> >> offers
> >>
> >> >a deb package for easily installing NetDirector's server manager.
> Here's
> >> >the release notes for
> >> >3.2<http://sourceforge.net/project/shownotes.php?release_id=609239>
> >>
> >> In my experience upstream Debian packaging ranges from poor to very
> poor.
> >> Do they provide a source package that we can review?
> >>
> >> How do they manage other package's config files?
> >> Scott K
> >
> >Yes - The source for 3.2 is also available on SourceForge.
> >
> >NetDirector manages the following services or packages across the major
> >linux distros as well as
> >solaris<
> http://www.netdirector.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Ite
> > - http
> > - DNS
> > - DHCP
> > - vs-ftp
> > - NFS
> > - Samba
> > - Sendmail
> > - Postfix
> >
> >In addition to these services which you can manage with the base
> NetDirector
> >install, there are also the following plugins that can be installed into a
> >live NetDirector deployment. All future service modules will be added as
> >plugins.
> >
> > - Kerberos
> > - LDAP
> > - RHN Satellite (rls 4)
> > - SSH Plugin - allows secure ssh that uses NetDirector's role-based
> > permissions so admins can manually configure anything running on a
> > NetDirector managed server
> >
> >I hope that answers the question.
> No. Neither of them actually.
> By source package I mean the debian directory that has the information that
> was used to build the .debs they provide.
>From Aidan:

I uploaded a new build, 3.2.1 with .tar.gz file as requested, with Java
source code separated into a src/ directory and packaging control metadata
in a DEBIAN/ directory, as per dpkg requirements.

3.2.1 also removes all traces of NPL, thanks Neal for spotting bringing this
to our attention!

> As an example of the config file question, if I want to add a Postfix
> service in /etc/postfix/master.cf to feed mail back into Postfix from
> amavisd-new after content filtering, can it support that, how does it
> manage to modify the Postfix owned config file, will it break if I've
> already made other changes to the file?
> Scott K

the short and not very technical answer to this question is that, using the
ND GUI to configure a tricked-out config file could stomp on changes made
outside the "standard parameters" that ND understands. ND will handle some
level of customization, like finding and incorporating Apache includes, but
certainly not all possible tweaks.

This is why the roadmap consists of the following 2 really key features:
allow experienced *nix admins to run their own scripts through ND (a la
func) and also allow ND to suck *foo *config file (in all its tricked-out
glory) into ND for manual editing - why would you want this second one
versus ssh? primarily for role-based access control, automated revision
control, change auditing, etc - basically for "enterprise" benefits - I
freely admit this doesn't add much admin-level benefits.



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