1. Introduction

Welcome to SysAdm! This handbook is intended to educate the user on initializing and configuring the SysAdm remote management options. These options are documented in two separate chapters, Getting Started, and Managing SysAdm™.

Warning

SysAdm is still under heavy development, and all information contained in the documentation is subject to change.

1.1. What is SysAdm?

SysAdm is a middleware utility designed to streamline system management with options for both local and remote access.

Note

By default, SysAdm does not allow for remote access. The user must configure the system to allow this feature.

One unique element to SysAdm is how the middleware is designed to modify the system directly. SysAdm has no middleware database, which means all changes made with SysAdm modify the system configuration files directly, resulting in a system administrator no longer needing to log into a system via SSH or relearn system management. SysAdm “speaks” the same language, allowing for simple and effective system administration.

For remote access, SysAdm is being designed to route encrypted traffic through a “bridge”, a static announcement server which facilitates communication between the user’s controlling device and the remote access system.

In order to address security concerns, the bridge device is always considered “untrusted” and several layers of encryption are added to all traffic flowing through the bridge to ensure it can not be used to record or alter critical information flow.

1.2. Would you like to know more?

Documentation for the SysAdm project is split amongst three handbooks:

  • API Reference Guide: A library of all API calls and WebSocket requests for SysAdm. This reference is constantly updated as new API calls are written. It can be found at https://api.sysadm.us/.
  • Client Handbook: A detailed guide to all client side functions of SysAdm.
  • Server Handbook: A basic guide to initializing SysAdm with a bridge and server connection.