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You can have Linux boot by default and, when you want Windows, arrange for it to boot the next time only. For Grub 1, there is an example under “Booting once-only” in the manual. Make menu.lst look like: default saved title Linux root (hd0,0) kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro title Windows root (hd0,1) chainloader +1 savedefault 0 The savedefault 0 ...


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You should look at deluge. It is cross-platform, and is excellent as a headless app. Deluge is a full-featured BitTorrent client for Linux, OS X, Unix and Windows. It uses libtorrent in it's backend and features multiple user-interfaces including: GTK+, web and console. It has been designed using the client server model with a daemon ...


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You can use pam_gnome_keyring.so to start and unlock the daemon. GDM already does this; for login, you must configure it manually. Add these lines to /etc/pam.d/login: auth optional pam_gnome_keyring.so session optional pam_gnome_keyring.so auto_start If you log in without a password (SSH with Kerberos or public keys), this may work: (I haven't ...


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The appeal of a headless machine is that you can keep it always on, reasonably locked down, and reachable from the internet. You can put up a personal wiki, a sup MUA, a project tracker. Taking advantage of the fact that the machine is local, you can use it as a file server (NFSv4 is nice) and a media center. And you can move the computation towards the ...


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You shouldn't have your OS to boot on an encrypted partion. Just encrypt /home, /var/www or whatever else. Make sure you can login as root if you've encrypted /home. To easily mount your partition but only after boot, add "noauto" to its fstab line in the options column, eg. /dev/sda2 /home ext3 defaults,noauto 1 1 Alternatively, if you want to whole ...


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I found a couple answers elsewhere. Quoting from my first source: You may or may not want to add the location of vmrun to your default path. I chose not to as I will mostly be interacting with vmrun through shell scripts. To Launch the virtual machine named VA-LAMP.vmx which is located in the standard virtual machine directory enter the ...


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Usually administrators use SSH to access servers remotely. Install on Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install ssh It will install the OpenSSH daemon. Then use any SSH client (just ssh on Linux/Mac, PuTTY on Windows) to connect to your remote machine over the network. It will also provide SFTP/SCP for file transfers. Just make sure your network is configured properly ...


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The VirtualBox user manual talks about headless mode on page 32 under "1.12 Alternative front-ends" VBoxHeadless is yet another front-end that produces no visible output on the host at all, but merely acts as a VRDP server. Now, even though the other graphical front-ends (VirtualBox and VBoxSDL) also have VRDP support builtin and can act as a VRDP ...


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You can do so by installing an SSH server into your initramfs. One easy possibility is to use early-ssh. It installs a Dropbear SSH server right into your initramfs. With that server running you can log into your server before the root fs mount and enter the LUKS password.


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vino-server provides remote access to a console Gnome session, and it doesn't start until the Gnome session starts (meaning after you log into the GUI login window). There's some indication on the Ubuntu forums that you can fool it into running without a monitor by configuring GDM to autologin instead of showing the login screen; and configuring an ...


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Ignacio is right: You should use Xvnc. That way Xvnc will start instead of a "real" X11 Display with the difference, that you can connect to it via VNC. I found this howto. But i haven't tried it on my machine but i tried a similar setup on my 9.04 box a year ago. My solution was to tell gdm to launch X11vnc instead of registering it with xinetd service. ...


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I believe that vnc is not the same as windows remote desktop - it is for screen sharing so if you are not logged in the vnc service won't be running. The solutions would be to set your home server to log in automatically or run an xserver on your remote computer and connect using ssh/putty. I used to use cygwin and always connected to my ubuntu box with ssh ...


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VNC and remote desktop operate on different principles. The basic operating model for remote desktop is that it gives you access to the remote machine's actual, physical display; it doesn't give you a remote connection to the machine independently of what the local user is doing. The basic operating model for VNC is that it provides a virtual display that ...


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A lot of times, if your headless server does not have a keyboard plugged into it, it will prompt you to continue on the post page. This can often be disabled in the BIOS to not halt on errors. If you lose power and your BIOS settings were cleared then most likely you have a bad CMOS battery. There is not much you can do about that except to maybe get another ...


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Based on what I've found, there isn't already a tool like top or conky for GPU load, but for ATI cards, you can get a decent amount of information from aticonfig, and you can also add checks of that information to a conky config. I found information that will probably be useful here. A help page for aticonfig can be found here.


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One of the better clients I have encountered is Transmission. It supports magnet links, NAT traversal and all kind of operations on files that I've grown accustomed to from uTorrent 2.x. That includes selecting/disabling certain files from a torrent and moving files to another download location or selecting a location when a torrent is loaded. To use ...


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Here is a reasonably detailed writeup (from a year back) of how to do this with Fedora (as source and target). He does the trick by telling the pxe image to connect to a listening vnc client on the source computer so he can interact with the (graphical) installer through the network. Apparently, Debian does not support using vnc in this way, though the only ...


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Based on the article Installing Debian using only SSH : Your headless machine should be set to boot off CD for this procedure to work. A. Download your netinst cd image variant, for example : wget http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/6.0.4/i386/iso-cd/debian-6.0.4-i386-netinst.iso B. Mount the ISO to a folder, let’s call it isoorig mkdir isoorig mount ...


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One possibility could be to install phpVirtualBox on your workstation (it will require installing Apache and PHP) and then use that to manage the VMs via a web browser in all cases - in other words, stop using SSH altogether. There would be security concerns to consider, granted, but this could be a possible solution for you.


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You may want to look into PXE booting the nodes into the installer from the network. I'm not a linux user so I don't have any specific experiences to offer but the debain manual has a chapter dedicated to network booting. The basic process is that you setup one node to manage the installation and act as a DHCP server to give the other nodes an address. The ...


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Are you sure the problem is the video card? You may try to plug it to an external monitor. Faulty memory chips (RAM) are known to cause this kind of problem. Have you tried replacing them or cleaning the memory slots? If the problem is the video card, you could just use a Linux Live CD, or a Live USB thumbdrive to boot up the system. I believe Backtrack ...


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ESXi is a virtualization server. It virtualizes the VGA hardware also. You can't really use the native VGA. PCI pass-though might be an option, but I don't think it works for VGA. There is no 3D acceleration either, not useful for gaming. It sounds like you would benefit most from the VMware Workstation product. For that you run a native host (either ...


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Some people have had limited success using DirectPath I/O Passthrough with graphics cards in ESXi, of course your motherboard has to support it and not all graphics cards work so YMMV. For things like gaming and media though, this'd not be a particularly great idea. http://networkingbunny.co.uk/documents/vmdirectpath


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Typically once you have it configured in a way that allows you to manage it remotely all you need to do is configure the BIOS to not halt on missing Keyboard, and unplug the Keyboard,Mouse,and Monitor. You have the right idea with Webmin, however it might be beneficial to read up on SSH+Shell Commands, or if it's a desktop (graphical) install VNC or ...


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From looking on http://www.notebookcheck.net/Sony-Vaio-VGN-FE41M.3647.0.html I see that laptop has an S-Video socket. Can you connect it to a TV? It might show BIOS via that output. You say the screen is broken? Is it just the back-light? If so, you may be able to see what's on the screen extremely faintly? Good luck.


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It took some searching, but according to this blog at Oracle: Simply hold down Shift when launching the VM from the Manager. It's that easy. And that seems to work for me. Now they just need to document it in the manual.


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http://askubuntu.com/questions/19320/whats-the-recommended-way-to-enable-disable-services upstart services aren't affected by any sysvinit config tool. Apparently, to disable SERVICE, you need to create a file /etc/init/SERVICE.override containing the word "manual".


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I found the following way to fix the issue: When grub shows the kernel boot choices, press e to edit the current boot entry. Find the line that looks something like this: linux /boot/vmlinux-... root=... ro quiet Add nomodeset to the end of this line, so it looks something like this: linux /boot/vmlinux-... root=... ro quiet nomodeset Press F10 to boot ...


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There is no real simple way to do this as grub is only controllable via keyboard at boottime and has no remote control functionality. Two possibilities come to my mind to solve this problem. First one is scripting based: Write some simple script to adjust your grub.conf/menu.lst before reboot. See default entry in configuration section in grub manual: # By ...


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First, what you really want to be doing is running Ubuntu One strictly from command-line. Take a look through the Ubuntu One FAQ. The FAQ says it's not presently possible, but there are some CLI tools like u1sdtool and u1sync. There's also a set of FAQs on Ubuntu One at Launchpad; the content may be the same as the earlier wiki.ubuntu.com link. Regarding ...



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