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Linux Remote Administration Simplified

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The days of physically needing to sit before the computer or server you are working on are quickly dwindling. Whereas proximity once figured directly into response time, you can now perform most administrative tasks from anywhere. Over a decade ago, dial-in capabilities existed, but they were clunky and tried to lock you into a command line interface that involved more pleading and praying than actually administering.

The tools today bear scant resemblance to those tools of yesterday. Connectivity is now done through the Internet instead of the phone line, and are becoming standard with Linux and most other OS versions as well -- eliminating the need for third-party vendors. With the connectivity speed no longer a bottleneck, the tools have become graphical and as easy to use as anything running locally.

In this article, we will take a look at the remote tools that exist with SuSE (Professional and Server) and Novell Linux Desktop. We will also look at printer administration through the CUPS interface. These are representative of the Linux distributions now in use and they offer tools similar to those found elsewhere.

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