PulseAudio is the standard audio server in desktop installations. However in a server installation audio services and thus PulseAudio are not provided.
How do I install and make use of PulseAudio in a headless server?
Set Group Memberships for PA:
Run the PulseaudioServer:
Following command tells us if a sink is recognized by PulseAudio:
Remember sinkname for output below.
This command will play a sound file to a given sink:
We may need to unmute audio devices:
For further CLI commands see also the Pulse Audio Wiki
To configure Pulseaudio Server to our needs we may need to edit
For testing the soundsystem see alsoSound Troubleshooting Guide