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Re: How to make "headless" system?

On Nov 7, 2015, at 1:36 PM, Dennis Wicks <wix@mgssub.com> wrote:

> I have a number of older PCs that I use for testing/local webservers, fileservers, backup machines and other stuff. A couple of these have "glass ttys", ie. no graphics at all, and others have old low-res monitors of 800x600 at best. Also, they are all in the basement, which is a trip I don't like to make very often!
> I want to force these systems to support hi-res 1680x1050 or better so I can VNC to them from my main machine and be able to use graphic software to operate and maintain these machines.
> Right now I mostly use ssh and it can be a real pain!
> Can anybody tell me how to accomplish this or point me to a "How To" somewhere?

How about Webmin and a browser? Webmin saved my life many times when I was learning IP and *nix. I suspect there are more sophisticated systems, Nagios comes to mind. But you really don't need the machines downstairs to make any pictures -- all it has to do is make some HTML and give it to a web server.

Or CLI software watching what goes on in your servers. Like Logwatch or Monit or a script or two that you've written that emails you about things that need attention.

Or all of the above...

Glenn English

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