Headless 2003 Server

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Frosty Madness, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Hi, I want to set up a back room server using Windows Server 2003. My
    question is this:

    I want to be able to remote desktop into the server, and use keyboard, mouse
    etc, but I don't want to have a monitor, keyboard or mouse plugged into it.
    Is this possible? Will it realise there is a keyboard and mouse when I
    remote desktop? Do I have to have somre sort of KVM to emulate the Keyboard
    and mouse?


    Frosty Madness, Aug 8, 2005
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  2. Hi,

    Windows runs without anything attached, but you will need to make sure that
    your motherboard allows booting without a mouse and/or keyboard connected

    --Jonathan Maltz [Microsoft MVP - Windows Server - IIS, Virtual PC]
    http://www.visualwin.com - A Windows Server 2003 visual, step-by-step
    tutorial site :)
    http://vpc.visualwin.com - Does <insert OS name> work on VPC 2004? Find out
    Only reply by newsgroup. I do not do technical support via email. Any
    emails I have not authorized are deleted before I see them.
    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Aug 8, 2005
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  3. Frosty Madness

    keith Guest


    I'm doing exactly what you are wanting to do with a KVM switch, it all
    depends on how much you want to spend and/or what type of KVM you want. Also
    the distance from your workstation area to the server.... For me a simple &
    cheap $80 KVM switch does the trick.

    If you are some distance from the server, then either RDP or some 3rd party
    remote control tool like VNC or PC Anywhere.

    Hope this helps you.

    keith, Aug 8, 2005
  4. Will it "hot plug" OK though when I remote desktop into it? i.e. will it
    accept keyboard and mouse input?


    Frosty Madness, Aug 8, 2005
  5. Thanks for the reply. I'd rather not use a KVM if possible. This will be a
    little wireless cube PC tucked away in a corner. I'd like to access it via
    remote desktop if possible, rather than VNC or PC Anywhere.

    Frosty Madness, Aug 8, 2005
  6. Frosty Madness

    Rob Davies Guest

    Yes. Remote Desktop in any incarnation would be pretty pointless
    otherwise! :)
    Rob Davies, Aug 8, 2005
  7. Frosty Madness

    Brendon Guest

    You don't need a keyboard and mouse attached for Remote Desktop to work
    properly. The fact that no physical keyboard or mouse is attached to the PC
    has no effect on your ability to use a keyboard and mouse in your Remote
    Desktop session.

    However, as Jonathan said you need to make sure the computer will boot up
    with no keyboard and mouse attached. Proper server hardware doesn't have an
    issue with this, most desktop style PCs (by default) will halt at the BIOS
    screen if you don't have a keyboard attached. You will need to check the
    BIOS of the PC to override this behaviour (usually a setting somewhere about
    Halt on Errors or something to that effect).
    Brendon, Aug 8, 2005
  8. OK, thanks Rob :)

    I wasn't sure whether Windows would load any drivers for keyboard and mouse
    if they weren't present at boot.

    Frosty Madness, Aug 8, 2005
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