Manage and Monitor your Office PC with Epoptes in linux mint / Debian / Ubuntu

Epoptes is an open source computer lab management and monitoring tool. It allows you (admin) to manage everything such as screen broadcasting, monitoring, remote command execution, message sending, screen locking, Sound muting, shutdown, restart, logoff the clients and much more. I’m going to install Epoptes in ubuntu

Epoptes is currently support Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Debian and openSUSE.

Epoptes Server Installation and Configuration

Use the below command to install Epoptes Server package on your system. Make sure you should have static IP for Epoptes Server system. After installing Epoptes Server you need to add your user (Instead of magesh you need to put your username) to epoptes groups, so that the user can launch the GUI and control clients.

# Install Epoptes Server package on your system #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install epoptes

# Add the users to epoptes groups #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sudo gpasswd -a magesh epoptes

logoff and logon the system to take effect or Restart it.

Epoptes Client Installation and Configuration

Use the below command to install Epoptes Client package on your system. After installing Epoptes Client When you tring to connect Client to server by default, it will try to connect to the DNS name “server”. If you don’t have a DNS server, you need to add the Epoptes Server IP (Add your server IP instead of us) to hosts file, so that Epoptes Client knows about Epoptes Server. Finally fetch the certificate to connect with server.

# Install Epoptes Client package on your system #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install epoptes-client

# Add Epoptes server IP to Epoptes Client PC hosts file #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sudo nano /etc/hosts
192.168.1.113   server

# Fetching the OpenSSL certificate from the server #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sudo epoptes-client -c

logoff and login the system to take effect or Restart it.

Note : No need to modify anything on server end, If you face any issues use the below command to check server syntax error.

# checking syntax error on server #
magesh@magesh-desktop:~$ sh -n /etc/default/epoptes

Launch Epoptes from server machine

Navigate to your computer search and type “epoptes” then hit the icon to launch it.
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Hope! Now you can control your office system.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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  • Vir

    Regarding Epoptes client setup:

    I have a server whose ip is dynamically allocated by router using DHCP so the ip is never fixed on each reboot of server..

    how can perform the hosts file editing step in this case? Any other options to connect the clients to server dynamically?

    email me any help on aa1212121@gmail.com.. Appreciate your time..

    • For this kind of situation, you can use Host Name instead of IP.

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