Install Hardy on a HEADLESS (no video, keyboard or mouse) system - ideas and/or hints

Karl Larsen k5di at
Fri Jul 4 21:29:24 UTC 2008

Jay Ridgley wrote:
> Folks,
> I have one last system to move to Ubuntu. My firewall which is currently 
> running Red Hat 7.3 (Valhalla).
> The system is a plain vanilla Dell Optiplex G1. As I said it is 
> headless, I do have physical access to the system so I could add the 
> devices for the install but it would not be convenient... is there any 
> way of doing the install without these devices?
> I have a bootable  8.04 LTS Desktop CD that I downloaded and burned. I 
> have tested that it does boot. I know that I should install Firestarter, 
> as well as, the Ubuntu 8.04 LTS software to create the actual firewall.
> The system has dual network interface cards. One for the Internet 
> connection(DHCP) and one for my local area net.
> Once I have successfully completed this activity I will no longer have 
> any other distribution of Linux. I eliminated the Redmond stuff years ago.
> I have reviewed the docs and it does not appear that it can be done 
> without putting it's head back on, at least for the install. If I must 
> put a head on it for the install; after the install is complete I will 
> once again remove it's head!
> Ideas and/or suggestions appreciated very much.
> Cheers,
> Jay
    Hook up a monitor and keyboard and then load the Server version of 
Ubuntu. This will take an hour or two and get it running correctly. Kind 
of a BIG firewall.



	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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