Webmin is one of those tools that every admin should know backward and forward. It's powerful, reliable, gives you a central location for all server administration tools, and it's extendable. Plenty of modules are available to enhance your Webmin installation. Here are five that will help you take care of tasks that normally wouldn't have Web-based configuration options. Note: All but one of the links take you to the actual download of the module.
Originally developed by Caldera, the Certificate Manager module has continued to grow and expand. Later iterations support CSR signing, PKCS12 conversion, and access control.
DansGuardian allows the Webmin administrator to completely configure the DansGuardian proxy server without having to drop into the command line.
This is a boon not just for Webmin users, but for DansGuardian users as well.
Dovecot enables the mail administrator (or anyone who adminsters a server) to configure many aspects of the Dovecot IMAP/POP3 server.
With Dovecot, you can configure networking and protocols, user and login options, mail files, and SSL. You can also manually edit the configuration files.
Filesystem Backup allows you to easily back up and restore various file systems on your server. These backups can be done in TAR format and saved to the machine you're working from.
Although this backup system will not enable you to do bare metal or system-state backups, you can't beat it for quick and easy remote file system backups.
ProFTPD Server is one of the best FTP servers around. Being able to configure and manage an FTP server from within Webmin is a big help.
With this module, you can manage access control, files and directories, networking/logging options, per-directory options, authentication, and more. If you need an FTP server but don't want to have to configure one manually, this is the module for you.
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