Welcome to Webmin
Webmin is the most powerful administration tool in its nature. We will use it to set up our DNS, but I will not go over it in detail because we already know how to use other administrative tools. It is not difficult to use because it is web based, in any event, you should know that you can use it to remotely to administrate the system.
Make sure that the service is running, if it is already installed. If you need help for installation, refer to software installation in this book.
Ok here we go…
- Open the web browser and type: http:// localhost:10000 or 127.0.0.1:10000
When you open the web browser and execute the 10000 port you will see an error, describing that the web server is running I SSL mode and gives you a link to try instead. Click on the link, you may see another error describing that the server certificate failed; click on Continue.
Another warning pops up.
- Click on Current Session Only.
Next enter the user name and password to authenticate.
For security practices, never use remember password.
Also note that this is run by root, but you can still give permission to other users to run it.
I suggest never give this power to any other user except to yourself the administrator.
Click on Login to enter Webmin…
The figure above is Webmin's home page a generic most wanted administrative tool. But of course with all the tools I just demonstrated throughout this book, you probably won't rely on webmin. Webmin is useful to automate tasks. I prefer to teach by doing things manually so apprentices can have a better understanding of what actually happens in the background.
Feel free to explore and actually try to use the available modules in webmin. Once you learn to use it, it will become your favorite remote administrative tool.
Click on Servers to continue with our DNS configuration.
Note that all servers are available in this panel. Also note that in this panel there are two Bind icons (Bind 4 and Bind 8) for our configuration we will be using the Bind 8 icon.
This panel is divided into different sections:
- Global server options
- Existing DNS zones
- Client's view designed on the server
Fig 9.18, Our working section