[mythtv-users] Installing Mythbuntu (backend) on a HP ProLiant MicroServer - N40L

Leigh Anthony mythtv at theanthonys.net
Sat Sep 22 10:36:26 UTC 2012

You could also put in a serial port, though getting a mobile device with a serial port these days is tricky.  

Make sure you can attach a screen easily if you need to at a later date.  My server is in the garage and taking a screen out there is a bit of a pain!

Most things (system admin) can be done from the command line, but if you have an X11 (usually Linux or Mac but Windows can have software added to do it)  host with a screen you can run ssh.

"ssh user at host" will give you a commandline, but "ssh -X user at headlessHost" will allow you to run graphical applications on the remote headless host but with a local display, which is far better than vnc.

Just as a note, "putty" on windows will not give you graphical application support - you need something like cygwin (free) or Reflection/X (not free).



On 21/09/2012, at 9:12 PM, Mike Perkins wrote:

> On 21/09/12 11:15, Michael Watson wrote:
>> On 21/09/2012 7:28 PM, Damian wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> I have never installed the 'server edition' of anything before, let alone owed
>>> a headless machine of any kind.
>>> I have a HP ProLiant MicroServer - N40L on it's way to me and I want to put
>>> Ubuntu on there and the MythTV backend. It's also effectively going to be the
>>> NAS for my house and the music server (using Logitec Media Server ..
>>> Squeezebox Server).
>>> How do you install an OS on a headless system? I know about and use VNC, but
>>> don't you need an OS first before you can install and use VNC?
>>> Do I need to install the server edition of Ubuntu, or can I install the
>>> standard version?
>>> Does the server version of Ubuntu have a GUI or is it all text based?
>>> If it's all text based, can I install the Mythbuntu backend? I'm sure others
>>> have done this, so there must be a way.
>>> Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my next step into geekdom :-)
>> Plug a keyboard / monitor in to install initial OS.
>> With keyboard / monitor still attached, log in, setup your static IP Address
>> (all servers should have a static IP address).  After you have got your static
>> ip address working, check that your internet is still working  and install
>> openssh and mythtv-backend using (on ubuntu).
>> sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
>> sudo apt-get install mythtv-backend-master openssh-server
>> sudo reboot
>> This will install MythTV backend server, and all its required dependents,
>> including mysql server.
> Learned the hard way: *Before* you put it in the cupboard, test it to make sure that (i) it will run without a keyboard (Usually a BIOS option: Halt on all except keyboard) and (ii) it will run without a monitor attached!
> I found that Intel video chipsets are particularly difficult in the second respect. What I have ended up doing is forcing the 'Vesa' driver in xorg.conf which gets round that problem. When it's in the cupboard, you won't want to connect directly to it with a screen and keyboard, will you? If you have to, for diagnostic reasons, the Vesa driver is perfecly adequate for use in any case.
> -- 
> Mike Perkins
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