This guide will show you how to manage CentOS 8|RHEL 8 Linux from Cockpit web console. Cockpit is a free and open-source web-based administration console for Linux systems – CentOS, RHEL, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Arch e.t.c. The cockpit is pre-installed with CentOS 8|RHEL 8 Base operating system – both server and workstation. It allows you to monitor and adjust system configurations with ease.
Cockpit Features of Cockpit
Cockpit allows you to perform the following system operations:
- Service Management – Start, stop, restart, reload, disable, enable, mask e.t.c
- User Account Management – Add users, delete, Lock, assign Administrator role, set password, force password change, Add Public SSH keys e.t.c.
- Firewall Management
- Cockpit Container management
- SELinux Policy management
- Journal v2
- iSCSI Initiator configurations
- NFS Client setup
- Configure OpenConnect VPN Server
- Privileged Actions – Shutdown, Restart system
- Join Machine to Domain
- Hardware Device Management
- System Updates for dnf, yum, apt hosts
- Manage the Kubernetes Node
Install Cockpit on CentOS 8|RHEL 8 Linux
The Cockpit web interface is installed on CentOS 8|RHEL 8 by default, but it is not activated. Before you can use it, ensure it is installed and service started.
sudo dnf -y install cockpit
Once Cockpit has been installed on CentOS 8, start and enable the service.
sudo systemctl enable --now cockpit.socket
If you have activated firewalld service, allow Cockpit port to be accessed from machines within the network.
sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=cockpit --permanent sudo firewall-cmd --reload
Access Cockpit Web Console on CentOS 8|RHEL 8 Linux
The Cockpit web console can be accessed on the URL [https://(serverip or hostname):9090/].
The login screen should be displayed as shown above. Login with a local admin user added during installation or root user account. The system overview page should show up next.
Use the left panel to choose a configuration option to do on your CentOS 8|RHEL 8 server. The example below will enable automatic updates on CentOS 8 system.
This is done on Software Updates > Automatic Updates
The “ON” button should turn blue, indicating the system will be updated automatically.
Using Cockpit Terminal on CentOS 8|RHEL 8
There’s an embedded terminal in Cockpit which gives you flexibility to jump between a terminal and the web interface at any time.
Explore more Cockpit features such as multiple servers management from a single Cockpit session.