Organizations with Linux® systems and infrastructure often integrate them into their IT operations for the long haul. When managing these Linux environments, many IT administrators seek to automate processes to save themselves time and ensure their Linux operations run smoothly.
To automate Linux systems, IT admins need to have full control over their security and configuration settings, with the ability to monitor systems after the fact to ensure everything runs smoothly. Unfortunately, Linux infrastructure is not universally easy to automate, and without any additional tooling, some admins may have a long road ahead of them until they achieve their automation goals. Let’s talk about what’s required to automate Linux management, and what options IT organizations have to tackle it.
What is Linux Management?
Linux servers often play core roles in IT organizations’ infrastructure. In order to manage them, IT admins need to be sure that each server is secure, updated, monitored, and ultimately operating and executing its tasks at peak levels. Managing Linux systems like desktops and laptops requires similar levels of attention, although usually with less monitoring to-dos.
In order to cover these needs, admins need to implement several steps to automate processes:
There are a number of key security activities for Linux security, with controlling user access a top priority. Often Linux servers are accessed via SSH keys, so managing keys as well as username/password combinations is an important first step. Locking down ports and network access also keeps bad actors out of Linux server infrastructure.
It is always important to make sure that all systems and servers are up to date. To do so, admins need to initially configure their Linux infrastructure to suit their environment. Then, each endpoint must be continually patched as new updates are introduced and applications required are installed and updated.
Once security and configuration settings are implemented, IT admins need to be able to monitor systems to ensure their setups are working properly. They can also accurately assess a system’s health to identify any needs for more in-depth maintenance or even full replacements as necessary.
Linux Automation Solution
In order to automate these activities, IT admins need a solution that is:
- Compatible with Linux, including multiple different flavors of CentOS, Ubuntu, or Mint among others;
- Capable of securely storing and configuring SSH keys;
- Able to manipulate available ports to deny access from unauthorized sources;
- Able to manage patches for systems and applications; and
- Able to monitor their entire infrastructure from the top down.
These requirements can be found through a cloud identity provider, or Directory-as-a-Service®.
Automating Linux with DaaS
Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) is a cloud-based identity and access management tool that IT admins can use to manage and monitor their Linux infrastructure and fleet. Through DaaS’s single browser console, admins can remotely control their Linux users’ identities and apply group-based policies to control the security behaviors of their endpoints, including remote system hardening and patch management capabilities.
DaaS also includes a full-suite SSH key management solution that allows admins to restrict user Linux access to PKI certificates. With the Directory Insights™ and System Insights™ tools, organizations have access to full event and system configurations logs that can be used to ensure that the proper security measures are in place.
Once an organization’s policies and SSH practices are initially configured, admins can apply them across new Linux endpoints as necessary
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You can see the Linux management and automation capabilities of Directory-as-a-Service, as well as everything else the platform has to offer, absolutely free. Sign up for a JumpCloud account and you’ll have access to the full platform, including System and Directory Insights, for up to ten users and systems forever — no credit card required.
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