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Old 13th April 2012, 02:51 PM
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How Do I connect a device, that has no screen, to my network?

I assume a production server has no screen (headless). I've been building a server with a laptop. I installed fedora on it, gave it a static ip address and an ifcfg-eth0 configuration file, etc, and did all my work using its screen.

I'm going to buy production hardware, and set up the headless production server locally, using my home network - then send it to the co location host.

I used the laptop's screen to configure the laptop to connect to the network. I assume I will use the laptop screen to contact the headless server and configure it.

How is this done? How do I connect ( assign static ip, etc, so the network can talk to it) a server to my network when the server has no screen?

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Old 13th April 2012, 11:12 PM
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Re: How Do I connect a device, that has no screen, to my network?

If you configure the network properly for the co-location network before you send the server there, with luck it will be accessible when it's powered up. Make sure necessary ports are available at the new location. Otherwise you probably end up paying for some live support at the co-location site to get connected.

You can configure a local subnet to match the remote network settings for testing. I don't use co-location servers, but I often have client computers in my shop for work, and have to configure their network settings to match the client network before shipping them back which is a similar scenario to yours.
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Old 14th April 2012, 12:08 AM
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Re: How Do I connect a device, that has no screen, to my network?

Could you give me an example of what settings need to be matched to those of the co location provider's network?

Do you mean things like find out what ip address apache will listen on, and put that ip in httpd.conf before the hardware is sent to them?

What happens if I want to use a port other than 22 for ssh connections - for enhanced security?

Do providers limit the ports I can use per daemon?

Thanks again
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Old 18th April 2012, 07:33 AM
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Headless units for me are added by using a serial console connection or by borrowing a display to quickly setup the network and SSH. From there on its all SSH for everything.
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