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How do I create a completely unattended install of Ubuntu?

I need a CD or USB stick, that will install Ubuntu on a completely headless machine. Stick CD in and restart, no keyboard or screen should be involved. There are a few obstacles: The language ...
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How can I force Ubuntu to boot on a stuck boot menu?

I have Ubuntu Server 11.04, but it is headless (no monitor). The only way I want to be able to access it is remotely via SSH. But, sometimes, say after a power loss, when the server restarts, it will ...
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Add Fake Display when No Monitor is Plugged In

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 server that has no external monitor connected. I use NoMachine to remote control the machine. When I do so, the Unity/Gnome interface doesn't see any monitors connected, so I ...
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When machine is headless, user is no longer privileged

The core issue is: ANY gnome session not sitting ontop of a real physical/native display --or shadowing that display (ie. NXserver's shadow mode)-- has faulty privileges. Even when run as root! Any ...
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How do I run PulseAudio in a headless server installation?

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 ...
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Change timezone in 10.04/11.04 without user input

How can one change the time-zone in Ubuntu 10.04 or 11.04 server from the command line without user input (e.g. tzconfig EST). While one would use dpkg-reconfigure tzdata, per the related question ...
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Install OpenOffice for headless use

The question very simple and short. I am following this article to install OpenOffice headless: sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-headless openoffice.org-writer openoffice.org-draw And I get the ...
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How do you run a GUI application without GUI (gui application as daemon on headless server)?

Okay, so I want to run a GUI application as daemon on a server without X. The application is a java program. It can be configured in a configuration file so the GUI is not necessary to use it. ...
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How can I send VBoxHeadless to the background so I can close the Terminal?

I would like to start virtual machines in headless mode. The advantage: I can logoff from the desktop, and the machine will continue to run. However, starting the virtual machine blocks the Terminal ...
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switch temporarily to headless mode or runlevel 3?

I've installed ubuntu 10.10 x86_64 desktop version, which defaults to Xorg login I want to temporarily switch this machine to server mode, basically i "suspect" this entails setting to runlevel 3 and ...
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Getting system to boot in headless mode set-up without display problems

Previously I had Ubuntu 11.04 and I could boot with no monitor attached. Now I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 with autologin and I've found that is incapable of booting correctly if the monitor isn't ...
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Is it possible to turn the video card off in a laptop to use it as a headless server?

Since I recently upgraded my IT infrastructure, I decided to use my old laptop as a home server. The problem is that the machine sports a powerful nVidia card that even at idle generates enough heat ...
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Can you install Deja-dup on a headless server?

Can I install a command line version of deja-dup backup utility on Ubuntu server? I wish to restore a backup of my previous Home directory made with deja-dup.
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Set desktop resolution for standard 11.10 VNC server

Is it possible to specify a desktop resolution for the built-in ubuntu 11.10 vnc server? It defaults to 640x480 when I have no monitor connected (headless), and I can't find a way to change it. Does ...
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x11vnc much slower than Xvnc + how to get a Xubuntu session manually

I'm running Xubuntu 12.04 on a headless server inside a VMware virtual machine. I'd prefer using x11vnc over Xvnc in order to use LightDM and the X server started by LightDM (and login using ...
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Server error (-5 - No address associated with hostname)

This seems to be a common problem with 12.04. I've done the searches and found various and sundry replies, but I've yet to find a solution to my situation. I've installed 12.04 32bit on a server box ...
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How do I set up a headless server via VNC?

I'm trying to configure my system to run headless and access the desktop via VNC when necessary. It seems everytime I unplug the monitor while ubuntu is running, the system freezes and I am forced to ...
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How do I remove the 'Write the Changes to the Disks?' question during preseed?

I am pretty new to Ubuntu and Linux. I have spent a lot of time trying to get an unattended install up and running for my Headless Server. As it stands I have everything almost there but when ...
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A browser as GUI on a headless server

Is it possible to use a browsers as GUI on a headless ubuntu server? what would it cost in terms of dependencies, resources...whatever? is it even possible to show only a fullscreen window, the max ...
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Cannot create file/directory in home directory

I have a headless Ubuntu 12.10 server. I'm logged in as administrator via SSH. I cannot create a directory in my home directory: administrator@Leo:~$ cd ~ administrator@Leo:~$ mkdir Test mkdir: ...
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Headless music converter with filename based on tags

I have a music collection consisting of several film soundtracks in Apple Lossless and I'd like to convert it to 48kbps OGG Vorbis in a completely different folder structure with file names in the ...
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Optimizing rarely used server installed in an always up virtual machine

I have a Ubuntu Server installation on VirtualBox since I am a Mac OS X user and I want to launch some Linux-dependent programs on Ubuntu rarely by connecting it via SSH. Therefore I want to make a ...
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Crashplan on headless server

I've Googled a bit and not really found anything out. I want to install Crashplan for remote upload on Crashplan+. How painless is the installation and set up? Crashplans site is lacking a lot of ...
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Which is best to use on a HEADLESS Server that is going to be use as virtualization host? KVM / XEN / QEMU?

Okay, The main purpose is to learn about virtualization and play around with it. However, I have a problem of determining which is best for a headless server. I want to run several Linux distributions ...
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How do I start xterm with a headless system?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to boot directly and headless in the terminal (no GUI). After that I want to startx to start a program in xterm. When I boot 'headed', everything is working like ...
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How to disable all GUI elements and boot to command prompt

Cross post from Serverfault I have a laptop I'm running as a file server, which is running Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop. Now that summer heat is here, and because I love the environment, I'm look for all ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - command line: no headless boot

I'm setting up Ubuntu 12.04 minimal on a mini-pc using a GENE 5313 motherboard with a Geode lx800 CPU. I'll use it as a headless PC with just transmission, ssh, ddclient and few more stuff. The ...
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Which folders are often written to, and how can I mount those folders on a separate drive?

I have a headless ubuntu server acting as a fileserver (samba and ssh) and sometimes virtualbox host. It is currently running from a USB drive, since all hard drive slots on the motherboard are ...
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Lubuntu Precise - Power button doesn't shutdown immediately anymore

After some upgrade, my headless lubuntu 12.04 stopped shutting down on power button press. I tried to edit ~/.config/openbox/lubuntu-rc.xml without success. Nowhere docs on possible alternative to ...
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How to perform unattended installations of Ubuntu Desktop?

I know that there is a lot of information about headless and unattended installation of Ubuntu servers. But I need to install the desktop version of Trusty on a lot of machines and I would like to ...
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MacMini Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 Headless Boot, Not Accessible, Not Booting

I have a 14.04 Ubuntu Desktop installation on a MacMini running headless in my closet. When I boot the server, it will not assign itself an IP address until I login to a user session. This means ...
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How to save power on a Xubuntu server?

I installed Xubuntu 11.04 AMD64 on an 'old' PC I have lying around. I quite like how Xfce has come along, but alas, this box will become headless shortly. Specs: Gigabyte P35-DS3P Intel E8200 @ ...
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Precautions to take when installing Ubuntu on a laptop and moving the HDD to a headless server?

I have no monitor and I'm planning to do this: Install Ubuntu server on laptop. Move HDD to headless server (hoping it will work). Is there anything I should worry about? I imagine that I need to ...
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How to start virtualmachine from terminal?

I can not run a Virtualbox Machine from command line what do I exactly need? I did a bit research first but this command did not work for me: vboxmanage startvm win7 --type headless Result is: ...
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Install eclipse + eclim in a headless server

I am trying to install eclipse + elim in a remote linux server where there is no internet connection and no display available (I am accessing the server using putty). Also I don't have root access in ...
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How to turn off screen (headless installation)

How can I turn off screen? None of the answers here helped me. I tried sudo vbetool dpms off but that failed silently and the screen remained on. This is a headless Ubuntu server installation on a ...
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VirtualBox Headless: Unable to create hostonly network

I am trying to create VM with the one Bridged interface and one Hostonly interface, but I keep getting an error as the I am not able to attach a device to the hostonly nic. I have done this: # ...
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Ubuntu Server 12.10 No GUI Headless Boot and/or Reboot

I have a headless server running the latest Ubuntu Server 12.10. It does not have any GUI at all. I am having the same issue that others are having which is that when you boot or reboot without a ...
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preseed/late_command ubuntu server 15.04

I'm having issues with the preseed/late_command on ubuntu 15.04 amd64 server install (cmd line install) d-i preseed/late_command string in-target wget http://url returns with exit code 1 and the ...
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This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only detected an i686 CPU

This is NOT a duplicate. The other answers do not apply to this situation. When trying to boot a 64 bit image in a headless VirtualBox, I get This kernel requires an x86-64 CPU, but only ...
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VirutalBox headless VM + 3D acceleration

I have installed virtualbox on my Ubuntu 13.10 (desktop) host, configured windows 7 guest, added extension pack and guest additions. My intention is to work on windows 7 remotely, so I have configured ...
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How to make Ubuntu 12.04 desktop session start on boot without a monitor plugged in?

I have a home server that I need to access via remote desktop, and I want to leave the server there without a monitor hooked up to it. Everyday the server turns off and turns back on. There is no ...
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Boot to command line 12.04 (grub options not working) [duplicate]

I installed 12.04 Desktop because I want the option to run Unity in the future, but I PREFER to work headless via SSH. I changed the following in /etc/default/grub: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet ...
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Can't get firefox to render the right size in a headless xvfb instance

I can start the xvfb instance just fine Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x24 I can then launch firefox and have it load correctly but the window is always smaller than the resolution I set during the xvfb ...
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How do I set default screen size for headless machine?

Vanilla 11.10 install. I want the default resolution to be 1920x1080 instead of 1024x768 when I access from a Windows 7 box using TightVNC client. I've not installed any new VNC s/w on Ubuntu. Where ...
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How to install and run Windows XP / Vista in KVM headless server?

I have a Headless Ubuntu 11.10 Server running with KMV installed. I was able to install and run several VMs with the vmbuilder. However, now I want to install and run several Windows (XP & Win7) ...
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Don't wait for user input on errors while booting

I'm running 11.04 server, headless, and at a certain point it didn't boot anymore: it just stopped. It seems like I made a mistake with some of the disks, the fstab or the raid config, anycase one of ...
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How to start Unity desktop on a headless machine?

I am trying to get the Untiy desktop (That I am used to using) running on a Ubuntu box that is now headless. I already have a fake desktop running via the Xorg dummy display driver. When I VNC into ...
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Xvfb and scripts on Ubuntu Touch/Phone

Will I be able to run "xvfb" on Ubuntu Touch/Phone? I've read that you can use apt-get and use bash. So will I also be able to run Python scripts which use "Selenium" and "Xvfb" for headless Firefox ...
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want to use new headless server with VirtualBox; startx hangs at extension GLX

ssh'ing into the server and running startx yields this. Background info that may help: I originally hooked up my monitor and keyboard directly to the box, but now wondering if there are some ...