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Can I somehow control a completely empty desktop computer from my laptop?

The new desktop computer should eventually become a server. I would like to set up the desktop from my laptop. Is it possible? and if so how can it be done?

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Define: "empty desktop" Also include some more details like Operating System. – xeon Sep 1 '10 at 17:51
A new computer. It has no operating system yet. – AnAmuser Sep 1 '10 at 17:56
How would you propose to control it if it has no operating system? – joeqwerty Sep 1 '10 at 17:58
With some cables of some sort. It is so that I don't need to buy keyboard and mouse. – AnAmuser Sep 1 '10 at 18:00
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You could purchase an IPKVM, connect the desktop computer to it, and access it from the laptop via your network. You could also purchase a standard 2 host KVM and connect both computers to it if both of them are withing reach of the KVM.

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Are you looking for something like this perhaps (usb kvm)

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If it will become a server you don't need monitor, mouse and keyboard. Take those from another computer to install some OS, afterwards you can administer it via SSH or similar.

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