Setting up Webmin under Debian 7

Webmin is a web-based interface for system administration for Unix. Using any modern web browser, you can setup user accounts, Apache, DNS, file sharing and much more…

Login to your debian server via ssh

Install required packages

apt-get install perl libnet-ssleay-perl openssl libauthen-pam-perl libpam-runtime libio-pty-perl apt-show-versions python

Now we download and install webmin

dpkg –install webmin_1.660_all.deb

Once thats completed you should be able to access webmin on your server via https://yourservername_or_IP:10000


Setting the Timezone in Debian

Usually when you get a server for vpn/proxy purposes, it’s not in the same timezone as you…
Here is an easy way to set the TZ under debian

dpkg-reconfigure tzdata

That should bring up a screen like this:

Just select the city closest to you and hit enter.. and your done!


Using PuTTY to connect to a Server

Download the latest version of putty from here: Download
Once the file is downloaded, move the downloaded file (putty.exe) to a permanent location, such as your desktop.

NOTE: that this is not a program that you ‘install’.  It runs directly from whatever location you put it in.

Run putty.. it should look like this:
In the “Host Name (or IP address)” field, enter the hostname or IP of the server you would like to connect to and click on Open.
You will then be prompted for your server username and password  via the terminal window.
Once authenticated you will be able to run commands on the remote system via the terminal window.
When your done on the server, end your session by typing ‘exit’, then press Enter.

Getting your own server

Having your own server can be useful in a log of ways.. Setup your bittorrent client and the server to save bandwidth at home (and nasty letters) or setup a VPN or proxy to tunnel your traffic through the server (useful for anonymizing your traffic of make it look like your from some other country – Netflix?)

There are tons of companies offering all kind of servers and types in all price ranges. Here are a few good choices:

Dedicated Server: (good for torrenting with great speed and price)

VPS (Virtual Private Server): (great for  VPN’s and proxies.. just pick your country)

  • have servers in florida.. great speed and great support
  • have servers in the US and Netherlands

I’ll be showing you how to setup your server and software in my upcoming posts..