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Linux Server Management

Filed under: General Linux — at 5:30 am on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Management… What more is there to say? Management has the ability to either make your life easier or make your life a living hell, server management can go the same way. With these utilities Linux Server Management doesn’t have to be quite as grim. In fact having the right server management software can be very rewarding. In this post we’ll cover some of the Linux Server Management software that is available. As always, feel free to contribute your favorite tools!

Linux Server Management Software

I used to run webmin when I wasn’t as experienced with server management. What a long way it has come since then!


Probably one of the more well known pieces of server management software.


OpenNMS is the <strong>world’s first enterprise grade network management application platform developed under the open source model</strong>.


<strong>"</strong>next generation, open-source Data-center management platform"

Strange Name neat software. Where’s my t-shirt? All joking aside Splunk is rather unique and powerful. Definitely worth a gander.

Configuration Management

Netdirector, Puppet, cfengine

Samba Administration

We finish with SWAT, the Samba Web Administration Tool. I wouldn’t exactly call this enterprise ready but for those managing small to medium sized workgroups SWAT may just do the trick.

Random Man Pages:


Comment by Sam

February 9, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

Nagios anyone??

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February 10, 2011 @ 10:49 am

@SAM, I didn’t include nagios because it was included in my linux server monitoring post. Now I think about it though it could certainly be considered management. Thanks!

Comment by Matthew Mizzi

April 30, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

gr8 blog keep it up ;)

Comment by Innovative Web Provider

January 24, 2012 @ 6:37 am

Agree with Matthew , this blog is awesome. I’m still new in linux but starting to learn things because of this blog. Anyway, Thanks for this post, I really appreciate this one.

Comment by Brian

May 16, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

Very useful blog. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Server management is always a hassle for all those servers lined up. You make it quite simple.

Quick question…why don’t you simply use a server management web-interface platform for your Linux servers? Platforms such as opscode, puppet labs, ScaleXtreme, Rackspace seem to simplify your life better than using a software.

For example I use ScaleXtreme’s platform for managing the 7 Linux servers that I have. Instead of using the software, simply use a web interface which you can access anywhere on the cloud. I know you might become queasy with the idea of cloud management platforms controlling your servers, but these companies live and die by their reputation to update, provision and manage your linux servers.

Just some food for thought. I just believe that buying or installing software will be irrelevant in the future where everything can be acquired through the cloud or through a web server management platform.

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