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New features: User & Firewall Management!

Posted by Mike on May 23rd, 2022
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We're pleased to announce the release of two new features for servers running our Advanced Integration. These features are available for all customers and they are the ability to manage the users on your server (along with their sudo access) and also your servers firewall and it's rules!

Server Users

For eagle-eyed readers who also follow us on Twitter (give us a follow for info on what we're working on!), you'll know that we actually soft launched this a few weeks ago, but hadn't made an official announcement about it.

You can now create & remove users from your server, as well as grant and revoke sudo access to individual user accounts. If you already have user accounts set up on your servers and wish to manage them with ServerAuth, simply add them in your control panel and our system will pick them up, and you'll be able to manage them with ServerAuth, as well as manage their SSH access.

We're not yet able to import any existing sudo settings you may have manually applied to these users, so if you wish to manage a user via ServerAuth and it currently has sudo access we recommend you manually remove sudo access from the user, add the user via the ServerAuth platform and then grant sudo access via our system. This allows ServerAuth to be able to correctly track the sudo status of the user.

See how easy it is to create a user on your server with ServerAuth in this short clip!

Firewall Management

This is a newer feature but again our eagle-eyed twitter followers, will know that we soft-launched this a few days ago.

Our advanced integrations users can now enable Firewall management within their Server. Upon enabling management, our systems will ensure UFW is installed and will then attempt to retrieve any firewall rules you may already have in place. It'll also ensure that the ServerAuth backend has access to run it's management tasks.

Once enabled you'll be able to allow and deny IP addresses with ease and will no longer have to remember the often complicated command line rules needed to create new firewall records! Should you decide you no longer want the firewall enabled or need to disable it for other testing reasons you can easily turn the firewall off from with the ServerAuth platform too!

In addition to basic IP allow/block lists you can manage individual port access, such as restricting access to just HTTP/HTTPS, or restricting SSH access to the IP's of your team.

It really does make managing your firewall a piece of cake and we think you'll love it!

Not signed up yet? Take a sneak peak at how you can add a new rule to only allow certain IP addresses to SSH in on port 22 to your server.

We're thrilled to finally bring these super helpful Server Management features to ServerAuth, and we're just getting started.

Head over to our Roadmap to take a look at what else we've got in the pipeline.

Server Management & Security doesn't have to be a full time job.

ServerAuth provides a whole host of management tools, from controlling who can access your server, to adding cron jobs, securing your servers and installing packages. And with an ever growing suite of tools you'll always be one step ahead!

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