"In today's distributed network environments, administrators
don't always have the luxury of console access to their servers.
Think, for example, of those with co-located Web servers and remote
locations. In this week's Test Center Rx, we'll take a look at your
options for the remote management and system administration of
individual Windows NT, Linux, and Unix servers. We'll also discuss
the remote features of enterprise-level network management
"If you're looking for an easier way to administer your
Linux- or Unix-based Web servers, remote X sessions can be an
excellent way to go. Because the X Window system is
client/server based, your IT staff can easily connect to the server
and have the administration session displayed on their local
"Of course, security is vital in situations like these. By
using the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol, all traffic to the remote
server can be sent over an encrypted tunnel. Because the
standard SSH implementation also includes an X Window proxy server,
X sessions are automatically passed across this secure path, making
the entire administration session secure."
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