I am looking into setting up my first dedicated server. and I am surprised to see that management tools are an addon that the companies charge oodles for on a monthly basis.
Whats so special about them?
Although I will be using linux. by way of a comparison I have done some server admin on a windows machine using remote desktop. it worked like a dream. why can't the same be done on a dedicated server?
I do know of free remote desktop software that will work on linux (cant recall name but its on sourceforge). Is this an option? or am I missing the big picture... being a newb to dedicated servers and all.
I suggest you get the control panel, unless you have extensive knowledge of linux and software such as apache, bind, exim, mysql etc..
Basicly the control panel does all the command lines for you via a user friendly GUI instead of you having to login to SSH and execute them yourself.
As you were on windows, i hope you realise that linux is not very similar to windows in pretty much most aspects, so if you think that it should be easy because you have done it on windows before, i would think again.