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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Laptop lid power options

How do I configure my laptop to perform in the following manner in Ubuntu 14.04.1 Server? Current State When the laptop is powered on and the lid is closed: External screen loses signal Laptop enters ...
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How can I run Ubuntu Desktop Headless?

I'm building what will primarily be a Plex Media Server, but I also like to tinker with Linux, so I'd like to get to the GUI via Teamviewer. I got everything up and working before I realized GUI ...
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How to configure Ubuntu Server for headless boot [duplicate]

Because of the recently announced bash environment variable vulnerability, I chose this evening to upgrade my headless server from 13.10 to 14.04 - saucy to trusty. Upon running sudo shutdown -r now ...
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Torrents on a headless server

I am running a home headless server and I want it to be able to download torrents for each of the home users. I was looking at Transmission (with its transmission-remote frontend) but I don't like ...
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ssh, problem with headless device

I have Ubuntu 14.04 installed on a headless device. Since the last update and shutdown it is not possible to connect via ssh anymore. nmap shows the machine is up and in the network, all ports are ...
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CBP: Server, unattended-updates and vmware tools?

What's current best practice for headless VMware servers and automatic security updates? For non-critical servers I currently set auto-updates with a reboot, but because I've installed vmware-tools ...