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Part: II Local Network Servers > Maintaining a System Remotely

Chapter 16. Maintaining a System Remotely

Remote access tools like those discussed in Chapters 13 and 14 allow ordinary users to use a computer from a distance. You can also use these tools to log on to the system and administer it from a distance. There are, however, more specialized tools that are designed for remote system administration. Some of these provide interfaces that are more friendly to new administrators, or they may be simpler to use than conventional administration through editing text files. All provide at least minimal help and configuration hints that can be useful even for experienced administrators. This chapter covers two general-purpose remote administration tools (Linuxconf and Webmin) and one tool that's specific to a single server (the Samba Web Administration Tool, or SWAT). This chapter concludes with a look at the unique security issues surrounding remote administration tools.


  

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