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Gregg Bolinger
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At home I have an internal network consisting of some Windows Machines and 1 Linux machine that I use mainly for development of C/C++ and JAVA, Application Server, Web Server, and File Server.
What I am wanting to know is what tools can I use to possibly manage these services remotely. I know how to use telnet, ftp, etc, but wondered if anyone had any better suggestions.
Just looking for ideas, Thanks
 
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SSH is recommended over telnet on the Internet - just keep it patched. Telnet and FTP use unencrypted passwords.
It's not a bad idea to read up on SSH and its various wrapper services.
Some control functions I do are managed via a secure web interface, which has the advantage of being accessible through firewalls at the cost of requiring custom web apps to do the various functions.
 
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I am going to find some links for SSH information, but if anyone has any links they would like to suggest, that would be great.
 
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Gregg,
Take a look at http://www.webmin.com
Jim
 
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Thanks James. That looks pretty interesting. I will be interested to find out what kind of security is included.
 
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WinSCP is a good tool for SCP (Secure CoPy) if you maintain your home site from windows boxes.
http://winscp.vse.cz/eng/
Similarly PuTTY contains a very good windows-based ssh client.
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/
The company I work for mandates the use of Windows OSes for all development so when I need to maintain my home boxes from work I use these two tools.
You can do the same from a linux command-line using the 'ssh' and 'scp' commands, check your manpages for all their command-line options.
HTH.
 
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I should also add that both scp and ssh use the same port - that is, they both rely upon the sshd daemon running on your *n*x firewall/gateway (I'm assuming that is how you have set up your home network). Usually that's a default of port 22, depending on how you configure your linux box.
Yet another approach to this overall problem is to use a VPN setup. However, that's a more involved solution, potentially requiring more admin, so unless you need access to windows servers on your home network as well as your linux server I'd go with the sshd suggestion.
[ September 20, 2002: Message edited by: George Brown ]
 
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