Cloudmin Glossary

Cloudmin and its documentation uses the following terms to refer to different types of systems and other objects :

  • System
    A machine with its own IP addresses, filesystems and accounts. This can either be an actual physical computer, or a virtual machine running under some virtualization technology such as Xen, OpenVZ, EC2, Vservers or Solaris Zones. Systems are the primary object managed by Cloudmin.

  • Virtual System
    A system that runs under some virtualization type, such as Xen or OpenVZ.

  • Real System or Physical System
    An actual computer with its own hardware.

  • Host System
    A real machine that can host virtual systems of some type(s).

  • Cloudmin Master
    The system on which the Cloudmin software is installed and runs. This may also be a host system, or in some rare cases a virtual system that it also controls. System images are also primarily stored here.

  • Server
    A process that provides some service, such as Apache or BIND.

  • Virtual Server
    A combination of services provided by several servers, typically associated with a domain name. Virtual servers are the object primarily managed by Virtualmin.

  • System Image
    A template from which virtual systems can be created, containing the contents of its filesystem.

  • System Owner
    An additional login to Cloudmin will access to a subset of systems and functions.

  • Account Plan
    A set of limits on disk, CPU, RAM and network use that can be applied to a system owner.