Add New Admin User Account with Webmin

As we know that this is a major security issue to use root to log in Linux server directly because other staff behind you may see your password. Actually administrators should always use admin user to login the server instead of root. It’s time to consider creating a admin user. Since we already installed Webmin in previous article, let’s use Webmin to add an Admin user account.

1. Log in Webmin as root as shown in the diagram below.

webmin control panel

2. Click the System icon from the top menu bar, the following window will appear.

webmin admin

3. Click the User and Groups icon as shown in the diagram above, the following window will appear. It shows all users and group in the server as shown in the diagram below.

webmin control panel

4. Add the admin user as shown in the diagram below.

webmin add admin user

5. A new user (admin) and a new group (admin) will be added to the server.

6. Let’s test if we can use the new Admin user account to log in the Linux server. Open Putty SSH program and try to log in the server with the new admin user. Yeah! the admin user log in the Linux server successfully as shown in the diagram below:

admin login linux server

Now it is much safer to log in the Linux server with the Admin account.

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