I've got a file server running Linux that I want to be able to run headless and access it via ssh. I no longer have room for the monitor and keyboard and plan to put it in a closet or somewhere out of the way.
Once the monitor is gone I will need some way to recover the system if it crashes. I was hoping to be able to create a bootable image that can be placed on a hard drive and swapped with the bad drive.
Is this possible or is there a better way to manage a headless server without having to keep a monitor and keyboard around?
Note: I only have laptops in my house so I can't just put it with another PC and use a KVM.
UPDATE: What I mean by bootable image is a pre-configured, functioning copy of the server. I would like to be able to pull the failed or corrupt drive, insert the new one and have the server back up in minutes.
Also this is not a real server. It is a PC with lots of RAM and storage.