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I have two Ubuntu systems. The first I'd like to use as a server. Hence I don't have a display or even keyboard for it. The other is my laptop and can connect to the network. Upon bootup, the "server" will go to a lightdm login screen.

First thing I'd like to do is connect my server to my network. But since I don't have a display for it, I'd like to do it somehow using my laptop. Is there a way I can just connect my laptop to the server using ethernet and then configure it? First step: how do I get "in", or bypass the login screen?

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When your server boots up, even if you don't log in, it should be connected to the local network.

To log in, you should be able to use ssh:

ssh username@yourmachinename.local

If you'd like to run graphical apps on the server you can add X forwarding:

ssh -X username@yourmachine.local
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  • The ssh command seems to work, but I can't answer the password query, even though I know the password is correct. Any ideas? Perhaps I need to reconfigure ssh? Apr 3 '12 at 8:03
  • Hmm that's odd. It's usually the username and password as you log on to the system with.
    – Alex
    Apr 4 '12 at 0:43
  • I marked your answer as the solution, as it seems to be one...even if for whatever reason, it doesn't quite work. Apr 5 '12 at 3:54
  • Still not working then? Try creating a new account on the machine, and ssh'ing in with that maybe (just to check whether it's an account problem). You could also try apt-cache policy openssh-server on the server to check that ssh is installed.
    – Alex
    Apr 5 '12 at 6:41
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    There could be something restrictive in your /etc/ssh/sshd_config making the user only allowed in from a certain IP range, only with Public Key, not with password authentication, or not on a whitelist of users who are allowed access. Apr 9 '12 at 14:46
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Can also be that your trying to login as root, and its off by default, if so use your regular user

  • this is in reply to your ssh problems

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