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InfoWorld: Explore your options for remotely managing Windows NT, Linux, and Unix servers

Nov 25, 2000, 19:39 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Railsback, Lori Mitchell)

"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 packages."

"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 screens."

"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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