Re: monitorless intall - a newbie question
> On Wed, Jun 04, 2003 at 07:52:37PM +0100, Ken Gilmour wrote:
> Replying to the message sent by R.Stepanyan on 04 Jun 2003 20:06:48
> +0200, received at 19:51:09 on 04/06/2003. R.Stepanyan wrote:
>I would like to ask for any information regarding an installation of
>Debian on a monitorless PC. The idea is to use a box without
>videocard and monitor, but with HDD and 2 network cards as a
>"server" for a small home network (basically - I do not have place
>and money to by videocard and monitor, but do have a laptop with
>debian on it). My idea was to boot the monitorless box from a
>floppy/CD in such a way, that 1. eth0 (for internal network) gets
>configured from init script 2. sshd/telned starts up from init
>script 3. make telnet/ssh from my laptop and configure it further,
>which includes all procedures, starting from fdisk, installind
>Debian, and ending with config of the eth1 for the external network.
>So, the question is: are there any ready images available for this
>kind of tasks. HOWTO's or just a piece of advice are also wellcome.
>I am not quite sure that this question corresponds to the subjects
>discussed in this list. So, my excusses if it is an off-topic.
>Thank you in advance
> maybe you could set it up on two PCs with exactly the same images and
> select the items at the right time... Bit if anything goes wrong with the
> monitorless one it will mess you up big time..
> I have cc'd email@example.com on this
You can do a serial install, mentioned in the install manual section 5.1.
Hook up your other computer to the serial port, and start a terminal program
like ZTerm there. Then boot with a floppy. The kernel will usually detect
the serial terminal and respond there; if not add console=ttyS0 and possibly
the baud rate to your boot arguments.
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