How to Run Virtualbox in “Headless” Mode

In previous posts, we learned how to use Virtualbox to create a virtual machine, install a guest operating system, and then use the VM as a test server. Now that you know how to make a test server, you might want to know how to run it on a […]

Back to the Basics #12: Hosting Automation

Hosting Automation refers to software that makes web hosting as easy as clicking buttons on a graphical interface. For those who have worked with naked Linux or Unix servers, this is a dramatic contrast from the command line interface to which you may be accustomed. Most hosting automation comes in the form of a web-based […]

Do I Really Need a Hosting Control Panel?

Web hosting control panels provide graphical interfaces for both system administrators and virtual hosting users, allowing them to perform simple or even complex tasks with points and clicks rather than typing in commands. For some, the introduction of control panels, particularly for Unix and Linux servers, was a godsend. For others, however, it may just […]

Remote Server Virtualization with VBoxHeadless

VirtualBox is an excellent tool for running a virtual machine either for testing or production environments.  The default setting, however, is for a desktop computer, requiring a graphical interface to run it.  On your Linux server, there usually is no graphical interface.  For that reason, VirtualBox has a feature called VBoxHeadless, which allows you to […]

The Advantages of Using SSH

SSH stands for Secure Shell and is a secure method of accessing remote systems.  Wit SSH, you can login to your Linux or Unix shell command prompt and execute commands as if you were sitting right in front of the server typing at the console.
Before SSH, people used Telnet to […]

Webmin Server Management Control Panel

Managing a Linux server, the most common and universal way to access it is directly from the command line console.  If you do not have physical access to the server, as many system administrators do not these days, you will probably use a tool like SSH.  Linux servers do not normally come with graphical interfaces, […]

To X or Not to X

On Linux, FreeBSD, and other Unix-like operating systems, the graphical interface layer is an optional separate component from the kernel and lower-level OS. Because of this, it is not necessary to have a graphical interface at all. Nevertheless, many distributions do come with the X Window System installed by default. Some may […]