I feel so stupid. Remote Access

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#1 Mon, 09/24/2007 - 07:24

I feel so stupid. Remote Access

I want to access Virtualmin remotely from a windows laptop so I don't have to set up all the websites at the computer.

I've tried connecting with no luck.

I'm great with Windows systems, but linux is an entirely different world for me.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 07:38

You should be able to connect through your web browser
by entering the IP address you assigned your server or by
using the domain name you set up.

EG: In my case I used so I hook up at or because my DNS is forwarded
I could also enter https://www.mydomain.com:10000

Hope this helps.


Mon, 09/24/2007 - 07:45 (Reply to #2)

When I type in my 192.168.*.***, or mydomain.com:100000 I get the following:

Most likely cause:
Some content or files on this webpage require a program that you don't have installed

I get an explorer error (cannot find website) when I try to use https

I don't know if I need to download software for Webmin on my Windows computer or if I'm doing something wrong.

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 09:54 (Reply to #3)
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No special software is required; Virtualmin works in any browser (including very limited ones, via the mobile/limited device mode).

As Mike pointed out, the port should be 10000, not 100000 (port 100000 doesn't exist--the TCP/IP port range is 1-65k, maybe that's why you got a "program that you don't have installed" error). You should be connecting via https, as SSL is enabled by default on any system installed by our automated installer.


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Mon, 09/24/2007 - 08:38 (Reply to #4)

I don't know if you did a typo, but you have port 100000 and it should be port 10000.

I didn't install any software on my windows computer. It works through the browser.

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 11:56

Nope, this still isn't working. I did just have a typo.

When I try the https://192.168.*.***, it says

<b>&quot;Internet Explorer cannot display the page.&quot;
Same thing with https://www.ekmb.net:10000

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 12:05 (Reply to #6)
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OK, so first up, let's make sure you can actually talk to the server on your local network.

From the Windows box, ping the address of the server. Does it work? If not, you've got connectivity problems that we can't do much about. Since you got Virtualmin installed, it's obviously talking on the network.

You might doublecheck to be sure you're trying to connect to the right address. On the server, type:

ifconfig eth0

Assuming you only have one network interface, this will tell you the IP address that the server is actually on.

From there, you might check to be sure the firewall isn't getting in the way. The Virtualmin install script opens up all of the ports Virtualmin needs--but if you've modified the firewall since installation using other tools that aren't as smart as Webmin's firewall module (most firewall configuration tools fall into this category), it could have closed it. Try stopping the firewall. Usually this is done with the following on CentOS:

service iptables stop


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Mon, 09/24/2007 - 12:38 (Reply to #7)

I can talk to 192.168.*.*** with ping, but I cannot talk to my public IP address or any of my websites. It times out. Does this mean I have to call my ISP?

I stopped the service 'iptables' and my ifconfig shows inet as 192.168.*.*** (same as my server router IP). The bcast is also in the 192.168 range.

Mon, 09/24/2007 - 12:47 (Reply to #8)
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&quot;I can talk to 192.168.*.*** with ping, but I cannot talk to my public IP address or any of my websites. It times out. Does this mean I have to call my ISP?&quot;

No, it probably means your router isn't correctly configured (though pings aren't necessary from outside). But right now we're just trying to solve the &quot;I can't login to Virtualmin from my Windows machine&quot; problem...let's take it one step at a time).

Let's solve this one, and them move on to more complicated issues.

Since you can ping the address from your Windows box, you should be able to login the Webmin/Virtualmin. I'm not sure what else could be going wrong there. You can try restarting Webmin--if it was running while you changed IP addresses on the server, it could become unreachable.

service webmin restart

Is there any firewall running on the Windows box that might be preventing outgoing connections to port 10000?

You can also make sure Webmin is running on the port and you think it is with netstat.

netstat -ln | grep 10000

It should come back with to indicate it's listening on all addresses on the system on port 10000.


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Mon, 10/01/2007 - 07:54

Not sure if this will help. But do try to use a proxy when browsing your server.


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