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Cockpit is a great and easy graphical panel for a VPS server. It allows you to connect to your server via a web browser and manage the server in a very user-friendly way. The software gives an ability to see resource usage, log files, active services - manage them (start, stop, restart) via a graphical interface. It also has terminal, so its not just a monitoring tool, it actually allows you to do everything.
This is a great tool for fresh and less experienced Linux users, who has a harder transition to Linux environment because Cockpit gives you a visual look to manage the basics, and learn work via command line at the same time.
yum install cockpit systemctl enable --now cockpit.socket
apt-get install cockpit systemctl start cockpit.socket systemctl enable cockpit.socket
echo 'deb http://deb.debian.org/debian stretch-backports main' > \ /etc/apt/sources.list.d/backports.list apt-get update apt-get install cockpit
Once you have installed Cockpit, you can access it on any web browser:
Login details are exactly the same as your "root" user details.
The main menu looks like below, it is very intuitive and clear:
You have the left sidebar, with all the available submenus, and all the rest is to display the server's information. It's easy to read it and make adjustments on spot. The Sidebar menu explained below:
The basics functions are more than enough for a less experienced user to get to know the server better without many troubles.
This software allows you to add more than one server into a single panel and just overlook them all in one place. In order to add another server, you need to choose "Dashboard" on the left sidebar. You will see a resource graphics and below them, there will be a list of the servers you have added.
Once again, the software is very intuitive, you just press the "plus" icon and add a new server. If you have multiple servers added, you can just switch between one and another on the main home page.
More information here.
Official documentation here.