We have authored an interactive Virtual Server administrator
utility, iRoot, which allows a Virtual
Server administrator to remotely perform routine administrative tasks
using your favorite browser client (Netscape Navigator, MSIE, etc.).
These tasks include adding
Virtual Server User Accounts, removing user accounts,
adding and deleting E-Mail Aliases,
and much more. The iRoot "wizards"
walk you through a step by step process for each task.
Before you install iRoot, you must install iManager 1.0, which is an
interactive web content manager and file browser. iManager allows
you to use your favorite browser client
to perform simple file manipulation tasks such as uploading files,
copying files, deleting files, etc.
To install iRoot 1.0, do the following according to your Virtual Server O/S.
FreeBSD & Solaris
iRoot 1.0 is not available for FreeBSD and Solaris. Try this:
Connect to your Virtual Server via Telnet or SSH
and issue this command:
% vinstall iroot
If you don't know the Virtual Server O/S, try the following:
Start the iRoot utility on your Virtual Server by accessing the following
Either open the URL with your browser directly, or for easier access,
link the URL above to either text or an image on one (or more) of your
The iManager utility
will look for the existence of the iRoot plugin and if found will
include an authentication form for the iRoot utility.
You will be asked
to provide the administrative password for your Virtual
Server. If you correctly specify the password, you will be
authenticated and permitted access to the
The iRoot wizards allow you to perform specific administrative tasks
on your Virtual Server via a fill-out form interface. Each task
is separate into specific questions or steps. Online help
is provided for each step in the wizards.
When you initiate an iRoot session, you will be
presented with the following wizards:
This wizard will allow you to add a user account to your
Virtual Server. An entry will be added to your Virtual Server's
~/etc/passwd file which includes the username, full name,
encrypted password, home directory, and disk quota if FTP
privileges are allowed.
This wizard will allow you to change the password for a
existing user account on your Virtual Server.
This wizard will allow you to remove a user account from your
Virtual Server. The appropriate entry will be removed from your
Virtual Server's ~/etc/passwd file.
Add Alias Wizard
This wizard will allow you to add an e-mail alias to your
Virtual Server. The alias can be simple alias,
access an include list, or access an autoresponder. An
entry is added to your server's ~/etc/aliases file.
Delete Alias Wizard
This wizard will allow you to remove an Email alias from your
Virtual Server. An
entry is removed from your server's ~/etc/aliases file.
This wizard will rebuild your aliases database. It is typically
run after an e-mail alias has been added, modified, or deleted.