Refers to a computer system or device that has been configured to operate without a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. A headless system is typically controlled via a network connection.

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Display variable for headless machine to avoid display errors

I'm running some Python programs on a compute cluster. A package I'm using is still in development and isn't very friendly for real work environments...such as the use of: import matplotlib.pyplot ...
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Use HP 2133 mininote as headless server

I've got a dead HP 2133 mininote, and I think the issue is the GPU. Apparently it's a well known fault. I have the same symptoms: power light comes on no screen display the touchpad lock still ...
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VirtualBox headless caused high CPU load on Mac OS X

When I run a CentOS linux VM on VirtualBox in headless mode the CPU continuously spikes up to about 80% for a couple of seconds at a time with a short 1 or 2 second gap and then does it again. Even ...
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How can I assign a VirtualBox guest a permanent network-independent address?

I maintain several headless VirtualBox guests on my laptop (Ubuntu host, Ubuntu/Debian/Windows guests). I start them from the command line, they are assigned an IP address via DHCP, I query them to ...
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How to turn a desktop Linux box headless

I'm sure this is a question that has been answered before, but with a number of different searches, I can't find it! I have a computer with Linux already installed (Lubuntu 13.10), and when it boots, ...
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Script or method to move email from a POP Inbox to an IMAP Inbox on a headless server

I have cantankerous POP server from a remote legacy system that I can't control or change. My customers' need to receive all these emails on their internal IMAP server so all the office ...
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are there any programs beside MPD that could be run in a headless server, and autoDJ files while streaming to icecast or shoutcast? [closed]

I'm looking for a broadcasting source that could be managed in a linux server without GUI. either with commandline, or web-based. I need it to randomly select my audio files and stream them to ...
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Home router/server - hardware & software choice [closed]

I'm looking for new machine to replace my old home router/server (Pentium II 332MHz, 256MB RAM :)) In addition to common router/access-point functions I need: ssh access (from inside and outside ...
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Headless hypervisor installation

I currently have an HP ProLiant Microserver set up at home, for standard tasks - a simple Linux distro, running a few services (Transmission, Sickbeard, etc.), hosting a few websites, e-mail, and ...
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Libreoffice PPT to PDF Place Holder Text Removal

I am using Libreoffice headless version for CentOS to convert .pptx to PDF. But the PDF produced have placeholder text that says "Click to edit master text styles", "First Level", "Second Level", etc. ...
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Linux kernel option to force video card to stay on

I just installed Debian Wheezy 7.1.0 on an Intel vPro System (Intel Core i5-2520M, SuperMicro MBD-X9SCV-Q-O). Intel AMT's KVM works perfectly until Debian has completed booting and shows the login ...
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apt over SSH hangs on my Raspberry Pi

I have a very strange phenomenon on my R-Pi. If I run either apt or aptitude via a remote SSH shell, the processor jumps to 100% (top shows it's apt). If I connect my keyboard and run it on an ...
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“VirtualBox - Critical Error” When VMs are Runned From Scheduled Tasks

I have 2 VMs running with VirtualBox under a Windows 2003 Server R2 Standard x64 Edition, both are started with scheduled tasks when server starts. VMs: Debian x64 Windows XP Professional Both ...
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Boot OpenSuSE installation in QEmu-KVM using QEmu-KVM as the bootloader

I am trying to pass kernel parameters to a virtual OpenSuSE installation without typing them on a boot prompt, using the ability of KVM to load the kernel directly. First, I mount the installation ...
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grub2 with serial backup

I just setup a headless server. I would like to administrate this via serial, but I won't always have a serial connection plugged in. If I configure GRUB_TERMINAL="console serial", grub2 will not ...
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Minimize boot time on headless ubuntu

I am trying to remove as much processes as possible to minimize the boot time on a beaglebone running ubuntu minimal. So i want to remove udev-fallback-graphics and all plymouth processes. I tried ...
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Using Windows 7 with Dual Monitors to access Headless PC via Remote Desktop

I work remotely and access a computer in my office. That computer is headless and I use cisco vpn and RDC to access it. (Both machines are running windows 7 pro) At home I have 3 monitors and when I ...
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Replace Linux Boot-Drive | ext3 to btrfs

I've got a headless server running Debian Linux currently. Linux vault 3.2.0-3-686-pae #1 SMP Mon Jul 23 03:50:34 UTC 2012 i686 GNU/Linux The root filesystem is located on an ext3 partition on the ...
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How can I start a VM in headless mode from the GUI?

In the release notes for VirtualBox v4.2.0 it notes one of the changes as: GUI: allow starting of headless VMs from the GUI However, I can't seem to find how to start the VM in headless mode ...
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Single fullscreen application via remote desktop in headless vm

I want to set up a virtual machine (kvm/qemu) that runs on a headless host. The guest should run a Linux system (preferebly Ubuntu Server) that runs a single non-headless application. This should be ...
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How can I boot an Ubuntu server without monitor/keybord?

I am new in servers. I have an old PC. I want to install Ubuntu Server on that PC and keep it on my home network. The problem is that I can't keep the monitor and the keyboard. So the questions are: ...
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Is it possible to launch GUI of headless VirtualBox' machine?

After I launch a virtual machine (Ubuntu 12.04) in headless mode on Windows 7 host C:\Users\XXX>VBoxManage startvm "ubuntu 12.04" --type headless Waiting for VM "ubuntu 12.04" to power on... VM ...
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BIOS without Keyboard

My server is in another city and sometimes loses power. It is headless and I only use it via SSH/FTP. I have found a way to turn it back on after the power returns, but I need to press F1 or F2 with ...
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Virtualbox on Ubuntu headless mode

I have some VMs that I get to by SSHing into my workstation and starting the VMs in headless mode and then connecting to them via RDP (they are windows VMs and I'm using the windows RDP access, not ...
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Install Linux/Alternative OS on Headless Server

Question in short: How to install an alternative OS (debian preferred) on a headless server and what OS to use for a home media/dataserver. My questions now is: How to do it? The server will, in ...
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How to send multiple magnet links to a separate headless Linux machine?

With torrents, we could use w3m (Linux) to pass multiple torrent files to a separate machine running rtorrent. This doesn't work with magnet links. We can pass magnet links from Firefox to Azureus ...
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Create bootable hard drive image

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 ...
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“top” like utility for AMD GPUs on a headless machine

For monitoring CPU usage, there is top (well, I use htop). Is there a top-like utility for GPUs? I have an ATI Radeon HD 4650 in a computer running Debian Squeeze (x86). Thing is, it's running ...
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How to use headless Skype over DBUS on Debian

I installed Skype on Debian and ran it headless, however, I cannot interact with it over dbus. Some context of what I have so far: Installed Debian 6 on VMware fusion box from netinst CD Skype ...
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Change BIOS settings without display

The state: I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FE41M with a broken display (old laptop from my girlfriends mother) and broken vga port. Windows Vista boots up fine and the display shows a small part on the left ...
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“Blind” / “Headless” input to a VNC session

Is it possible to configure VNC such that: mouse & keyboard input is delivered from client to server no display capture is performed, and no display data is sent from server to client ? The ...
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Headless Ubuntu - How do you do it?

I would like to make my Ubuntu PC a headless file server. How do I do that ? Currently I have installed Ubuntu 10 LTS and it is all working fine. I installed Webmin and can login remotely and ...
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ESXi with non-headless VM

I'm going to receive a Xeon Server/Workstation soon and I was thinking about installing ESXi to host some server applications that I want (ex: SVN server, Web server, media server, etc). Most of ...
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How do I make server from laptop with broken video card?

How do I install any kind of Operating System on a laptop with broken video card? I want it to run like a server. I could control it from another laptop. Is there a way to do so? My laptop's video ...
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Command line DVD to ISO ripper

I have an old XBOX with XBMC installed and I want to rip my dvd collection to my home server as ISO files so that I can watch them over the network. My server is headless (no monitor), so I need the ...
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How do I prevent accidentally building X as a dependency when installing a port?

I'm running FreeBSD in a small VM image, and I want to keep it headless. Is there an easy flag to set somewhere to prevent installing X as a dependency, or do I just need to rely on eternal vigilance? ...
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Debian installation on cluster

I have an old cluster [30 nodes, specs on each node[2GHz processor, 512MB RAM]]. The nodes have Debian 2.0 installed and I want to upgrade all nodes to Debian 5.0 stable version. Is there a painless ...
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Dual boot a headless machine?

I wondering whether it is possible to set up a headless machine (application server) in a dual boot configuration. The goal is to have linux (debian lenny or sid) and windows (XP pro, no use upgrading ...
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How to access VNC on a Linux server without having been logged in to the machine first? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Automatically start VNC server on startup I have a Linux server at home, and by default no-one is logged in to that box. I'd like to establish a remote desktop ...
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How to select OS via grub on headless system?

I have a dual boot system (Linux and Windows) that I normally run headless and which boots by default into Linux (which is what I use mainly). This all works fine, except that on occasions when I want ...
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Configure Bluetooth PAN between keyboard-less/GUI-less Ubuntu server and Kubuntu laptop

I want to configure a Bluetooth PAN between an Ubuntu server and my laptop (Kubuntu). Does anyone have any pointers on how to accomplish this? I've plugged in a USB Bluetooth dongle and I'm not sure ...
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Interesting uses for a headless host running Ubuntu [closed]

So, I have configured a PC with no monitor, keyboard, or mouse running Ubuntu. I use it as an ssh server, file backup, web server, etc. Though, it seems as if I could use it for so much more, the ...
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use of gnome-keyring-daemon without X

I'm wondering if it is possible to use gnome-keyring-daemon without X. Normally it will present a graphical prompt in order to acquire a password for the keyring; is there a way around this? I'd ...
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How do I run vino-server without a monitor attached in Ubuntu 10.04

I just upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 yesterday on a headless home server. I use the server for a variety of purposes, and what I don't know how to do via SSH I've alway been able to do through VNC. ...
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How can I boot Dell Vista box headless without a keyboard?

I have a Dell box running Vista I connect to via RDT. I'd like to run it completely headless, but it requires a keyboard plugged in or I get the ironic message "No keyboard detected, press F1 to ...
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Fusion: create “headless” virtual machines?

Is there a way to run a VM in Fusion that starts when the machine does, but I can then access via Remote Desktop (Windows) or ssh (Linux) rather than by opening the Fusion app, starting the VM, and ...
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Virtualbox in Headless mode

I used the virtual machines in virtualbox in a "headless" mode instead of a GUI mode. what are the advantages of using it in a headless mode?? by headless does it mean that the server doesnt have a ...
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Unable to run openoffice in headless mode

I want to automoate some PPT -> PDF conversions, so I want to run openoffice in headless mode for scripting. On my machine with X running I can start opemoffice in headless mode via soffice ...
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Which is best as a headless server? Ubuntu, Solaris, FreeBSD? [closed]

I need to run three machines as a cluster at home and want maximum performance from them, running an Erlang program. What is the best OS to use for this?
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How to reboot headless server with passphrase?

I have an old desktop computer that I want to start using as a headless server. With a monitor and a screen attached, I installed Ubuntu Server edition with encrypted LVM on the machine. After ...