How to Install Ajenti and Ajenti V on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04

Published on: Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 11:21 am EST
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Ajenti is a free, open source admin control panel to manage your server or VPS. It is web-based and can run commands in a web terminal, show server information, install packages, and more. An add-on called Ajenti V allows you to manage multiple sites from the same web-based control panel.

Prerequisites

  • A new Vultr Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04 server instance.
  • A static server IP (this is your main Vultr server IP).
  • A non-root server user with sudo privileges.

Step 1: Downloading and Installing Ajenti

First, add the repo key. This is used to validate the packages you will install.

wget http://repo.ajenti.org/debian/key -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Add the actual repo to your sources list.

echo "deb http://repo.ajenti.org/ng/debian main main ubuntu" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

Now update your packages and start the install.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ajenti

When it finishes its installation, start the Ajenti server.

sudo service ajenti restart

If you've followed the above steps correctly, your console will contain * started.

Step 2: Opening Ajenti

Open Ajenti in your browser by navigating to https://192.0.2.0:8000. You might get a privacy error - if this happens, it's completely normal and safe, continue to your website.

Log in with the default root username and password:

Username: root
Password: admin

Step 3: Configuring/Customizing Ajenti

Click the Password button in the sidebar. Then, type admin under old password and choose a new, secure, password. Your username will stay the same, but use your new password to log in from now on.

In the console, restart Ajenti, then log in with your new password.

sudo service ajenti restart

Ajenti's main front page is the Ajenti Dashboard. It can be customised to show info about your server and uptime. Feel free to add more widgets by clicking Add Widget at the top.

Step 4: Downloading and Installing Ajenti V

Optionally, you can install Ajenti V, which allows you to manage sites and emails from Ajenti.

Download and install Ajenti V and its dependencies.

sudo apt-get install ajenti-v ajenti-v-nginx ajenti-v-mysql ajenti-v-php-fpm ajenti-v-mail ajenti-v-nodejs php5-mysql

Now restart Ajenti.

sudo service ajenti restart

Go to https://192.0.2.0:8000 and log in.

Conclusion

You now have one of the best free, open source admin control panels to help you manage your server and keep it running well.

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