Server Management Software Linux

Managing Linux servers is not a difficult task. Server management software Linux is also available that helps in automating the process of server administration.

When choosing your Linux Server Management Software, there are a great number of options for you to choose from. This article will discuss the leading contenders, their pricing and main features.

Getting Linux to work on your computer is enough of a chore, but when you need to manage multiple servers it can be a nightmare. You could log in to each server and have at it or you could use a piece of software that will let you manage all your servers from one place. We’ll take a close look at the best one’s you can get for managing multiple servers.

Server Management Software Linux

Better Uptime

Better Uptime is a notifier whose primary job is to alert you whenever your server goes down due to any discrepancy thanks to continuous monitoring.

But it is more than just that. You can set alert if RAM/disks/CPU reach a certain level, a cronjob fails, database backup fails and more.

It’s a complete infrastructure monitoring service. You can even add team members and put an on call roaster. The on-call person can be notified via email, SMS or call.

You may start using Better Uptime for free but some features may require signing up for Pro account.

We use it for monitoring our servers and it has proven itself really helpful and productive since recent times.

Webmin

Webmin Configuration Panel with Icons for monitoring servers and left sidebar

Webmin is an open-source web-based control panel for system administration, primarily for Unix-like systems with which you can easily manage your system graphically and even remotely.

You can read about how to install and configure it on our past coverage:

Grafana on Prometheus

Grafana Play Demo Dashboard with Graphical Stats of different aspects of Server

Grafana allows you to query, visualize and alert on metrics and logs no matter where they are stored. It serves as a web frontend with Prometheus running as the backend.

Prometheus is an extremely renowned open-source systems monitoring and alerting toolkit.

You can significantly improvise on the duo with Dockprom and influxDB.

Cockpit

Cockpit CPU Dashboard
Cockpit CPU Dashboard

Also reviewed earlier on Linux Handbook, Cockpit is a browser-based graphical administration tool for your Linux servers. With Cockpit installed on your server, you can access the server from a browser and perform all day-to-day regular administrative tasks.

It’s a multi-dimensional open source server monitoring program.

M/Monit

Monit Service Manager with Server specific stats in tabular format
Monit Service Manager with Server specific stats in tabular format

Monit is a small Open-Source utility for managing and monitoring Unix systems. It has all features needed for system monitoring and error recovery and works as a watchdog with a toolbox on your server.

As per their official documentation, M/Monit builds on Monit’s capabilities and provides monitoring and management of all your Monit enabled hosts via a modern, clean and well-designed user interface which also works on mobile devices.

Netdata

Netdata server monitoring tool
Netdata Agent reporting server stats

The Netdata Agent is 100% open source and powered by more than 300 contributors. With Netdata, you can troubleshoot slowdowns and anomalies in your infrastructure with thousands of per-second metrics, meaningful visualizations, and insightful health alarms with zero configuration.

You don’t even need a virtual private server to deploy it. Netdata allows free accounts; you just have to connect your server to it. All the stats are stored on your account and you can view them in the dashboard. You also get notification for weird resource utilization.

Linux Dash

Linux Dash is a simple and beautiful open source server monitoring web dashboard that includes all the generic server metrics. Apart from providing system status as shown below, it also provides system-specific basic information, network details, user accounts and details of existing applications.

Checkmk

Checkmk is an open source server monitoring tool
Checkmk Main dashboard, viewable just after logging in with server stats and problem history

Checkmk provides a fast, effective and powerful monitoring of networks, servers, clouds, containers and applications. You can also monitor SSL certificates with Checkmk.

The Raw Edition is Free and Open Source while their Enterprise Edition is available as a 30-day trial.

OpenNMS

OpenNMS

OpenNMS is the world’s first enterprise grade network management application platform. The open-source model is called OpenNMS Horizon while the subscription-based model is called OpenNMS Meridian.

Nagios

Nagios Core Features: Comprehensive Monitoring, Visibility, Awareness, Problem Remediation, Proactive Planning, Reporting, Multi-Tenant Capabilities and Extendable Architecture

Nagios offers an open source industry standard in IT infrastructure monitoring and alerting. Nagios Core is available free of cost.

Nagios’ paid tools are also offered via free trials.

Nagios Open SourceNagios Paid Tools
Nagios CoreNagios XI
Nagios PluginsNagios Log Server
Nagios FrontendsNagios Fusion
Nagios AddonsNagios Network Analyzer