Setting up a headless Debian box

John J. Boyer john.boyer at
Fri Apr 14 17:15:38 UTC 2017

What I'm concerned about is whether the box will boot without a keyboard. If I shut it down and later press the power 
button will it boot? I want to be able to shut it down and restart when i want to make a backup.


On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 11:57:57AM -0500, John G Heim wrote:
> 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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