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I'd like to state first off that I'm new to Linux and am still learning the ropes.

I recently installed Ubuntu Server 12.04.4 LTS on a Dell PowerEdge 1800. I also installed the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment.

I intend to install Clonezilla Server next. However, the system only has an onboard NIC and I don't have any PCI NICs available. I know that at a minimum two physical NICs are recommended when setting up a Clonezilla Server.

Will the Ubuntu Server operating system accept a USB NIC?

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I can't imagine why you wouldn't be able to. NIC is a NIC. As for it being PCI, technically everything is connected to a PCI location in the linux filesystem. Find out if you require a physical PCI slot which I doubt this is the case. Everything PCI will be listed under lspci which also include usb devices.

Unfortunately I have used Clonzilla Server myself so I cannot be 100% sure.

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Thank you for answering Mr. Lee. Should I re-install Unbuntu Server to have the USB NIC auto configured or is there an easier way to setup the USB NIC? –  Aurora Paradox Mar 5 at 16:31
    
Check out the /etc/network/interfaces which is where you can set NIC settings. I'm not familiar with Clonesilla Server, is it a program on top of Ubuntu or an OS itself? It looks like it is independent of Ubuntu, so I am not sure why you mentioned Ubuntu Server. Also try typing ip a in the terminal to see if your card is recognized. –  Mr.Lee Mar 5 at 22:04
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