Setting up a headless Debian box

John G Heim jheim at
Fri Apr 14 16:57:57 UTC 2017

Are you asking if you can disconnect the keyboard and monitor after 
you've finished the install? If so, absolutely. This is a fairly common 
thing in the server world.  Just yesterday I did a debian install with 
just a keyboard and braille display attached. Worked great.

There are several ways to do an install without ever attaching a 
keyboard. They are non-trivial though. I'll explain how I do it if 
that's what you want to know.

On 04/14/2017 08:31 AM, John J. Boyer wrote:
> I have an oldder machine that I want to use mainly for backup. It will be accessed by ssh, rsync, etc. So it doesn't
> need a monitor  or keyboard. How do i set this up?
> Thanks,
> John

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